As countdown begins for Sourav Ganguly's 100th Test appearance, a 'Souravmania' is sweeping the metropolis following the local heroes' sparkling performance in the recent Test series against arch-rivals Pakistan.
Local television channels have come up with a plethora of special programmes, while signature campaigns and special pujas are being organised in various parts of the city to wish the talismanic left-hander ahead of the big occasion.
Ganguly, who has played 99 Test matches so far, is expected to complete the 'century' at Melbourne, Australia, during the first Test on December 26.
A tableaux, organised by a private TV channel, carrying big cut outs of the former Indian captain roamed the city yesterday, as people rushed to put their signatures.
"We collected more than one thousand signatures for Dada," said a spokesman of a news channel. Meanwhile, pujas were held in the southern part of the city at Kalighat, while clubs in Behala - the residence of Ganguly - continue to be in a celebratory mode.
"We distributed sweets and brought out big processions when Dada got the double hundred in Bangalore besides bagging the man-of-the-series award.
"We're now finalising our plans for December 26," said a young cricket buff, as the Prince of Kolkata left for Mumbai to join other members of the Indian team, all set to leave for Australia tomorrow.
Ganguly's stupendous comeback into the Indian team after being in the wilderness for about a year, has already become a part of the city's folk lore.
The Cricket Association of Bengal, on its part, is considering several plans to celebrate Ganguly's feat. Installation of a giant screen at the Eden Gardens for viewing the Melbourne Test, getting emiment writers and other emiment persons to scribble good wishes for Ganguly on a board to be placed outside the CAB headquarters are among the option being discussed.
"We have a lot of plans. In the next couple of days we will take a final decision on what exactly we are going to do," CAB joint secretary Samar Pal told PTI. There has also been a demand to make Ganguly's achievements a part of the school curriculum in West Bengal.