Kolkata Knight Riders owner and bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan at the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai. HT photo/Santosh Harhare
Elaborate security arrangements have been made by Kolkata police for felicitation of maiden IPL winner KKR by the West Bengal government and civic reception by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation along with the Cricket Association of Bengal at the Eden Gardens today.
City Police Commissioner RK Pachnanda told reporters that the programme would begin with the arrival of the KKR team at Hazra crossing in south Kolkata at 11 am on Tuesday.
After the KKR team is received by a number of state ministers at Hazra crossing, a procession with the team in a convoy of open trailers would proceed to the state secretariat.
From Writers' Buildings chief minister Mamata Banerjee would accompany the KKR team in cars to Eden Gardens where a grand civic reception would be accorded.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Headquarters) Jawed Shamim said security along the entire route would be tightened with special deployment of additional force.
Gautam Gambhir's three Bengali words "ami Kolkata r chele (I am son of the city)' on Monday won the hearts of fans gathered at NSC Bose International airport in Kolkata to welcome 'home' the Kolkata Knight Riders' players, who beat two-time defending champion Chennai Super Kings to be crowned new IPL champions.
Thousands of fans danced to drum beats and cheered the team, which arrived at 10.30 pm, for their maiden IPL success after five seasons.
The state ministers welcomed the team members with bouquets and garlands on a makeshift stage near the VIP gate No 5, close to the international terminal of the airport in Dum Dum.
Team CEO Venky Mysore hailed Gambhir and coach Trevor Bayliss for the success.
"Gambhir has done a fantastic job as a leader so was our coach. I am proud of the team. Thank you Kolkata for all the support," he said.
The fans waited patiently for their triumphant team members to arrive as their flight was delayed by more than two hours.
A makeshift stage was erected just outside the gate to welcome KKR co-owner Shah Rukh Khan and players, who arrived in two batches.
There would be a grand felicitation of the team at the Eden Gardens tomorrow morning and the entry is free.