Sourav Ganguly’s debut as the face of one of India’s premier state associations couldn’t have got off to a worse start as rain played spoilsport. The match was supposed to start at 7pm, but was held up by more than two hours at the Eden Gardens before it was called off at 9.30pm.
It is not as if the Eden Gardens ground staff was caught off-guard. Rain had been forecast but apparently the outfield wasn’t covered when the first shower hit the city soon after noon. By the time covers were pulled out to stop a small spell of drizzle around 3pm, parts of the outfield had already become soggy.