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As it happened: KKR's grand felicitation at Eden Gardens

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Last Updated: June 03, 2014, 11:48 IST

As it happened: KKR's grand felicitation at Eden Gardens

IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders will be felicitated at a gala programme at the Eden Gardens today.

16:45: The felicitation ceremony ends with the National Anthem.

16:40: Shah Rukh Khan says, “I don’t think any other country, any other state support their team so much. Keep supporting us Kolkata. I am grateful for your support. Mamata Di, you have made us feel this is our home. Thank you very much for the support. Thank you very much the CAB, Kolkata police… We hope to keep coming here every year. Korbo, Lorbo, Jeetbo re!"

16:30: While Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is keeping a close watch over the proceedings, Usha Uthup is singing her popular chat busters.

16:25: Time for Photo Op now! And who is a better poser than Shah Rukh Khan? King Khan posses with the trophy. Crowd goes berserk.

16:20: KKR players along with Shah Rukh Khan are doing a victory lap with the IPL trophy at the Eden Gardens.

16:18: Mamata Banerjee is asking everyone to leave the field except the team and owners. And she just said the she can control the crowd better than police.

16:12: And finally Juhi Chawla, King Khan, and Mamata Banerjee lifts the IPL trophy and anchor says it’s a Divine Moment for whole of Kolkata.

16:06: Gautam Gambhir, Juhi Chawla, King Khan, Jai Mehta and Mamata Banerjee cuts the cake and huge roar from the crowd. The cake was in the shape of the Eden Gardens stadium and the size of the cake is massive.

16:04: Finally King Khan arrives! Huge cheer from the crowd — everyone is chanting his name in the crowd.

16:00: Jagmohan Dalmiya is gifting golden rings to KKR players. In 2012, the players got golden chains.

15:56: Cake cutting ceremony has been delayed as everyone is waiting for Shah Rukh Khan to arrive at Eden Gardens.

15:53: Every players name is being called out and handed the rings to them. Huge cheer from the crowd as they players collect their rewards.

15:45: Each player gets a gold ring, says Mamata Banerjee.

15:45: Six white jeeps took the players on the victory lap. KKR co-owner Juhi Chawla was also present. Still no sign of SRK.

15:44: Outstanding scenes the Eden Gardens — KKR have painted the stadium purple. Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Gautam Gambhir every one is lifting the Cup one by one.

15:35: And the KKR team are with the cup and taking the victory parade in the open Jeap at the Eden Gardens. Crowd is ecstatic.

15:23: Shah Rukh is on his way to Eden. His flight was delayed due to technical snag.

15:05: KKR players arrive in the team bus. The team arrives minus the Cup. The Police has been sent to the team hotel to bring the Cup.

14:35: Popular singer Usha Uthup is entertaining the crowd with her peppy numbers. Kolkata film stars and crowd are enjoying to the fullest.

14:25: Eden is full! And there are plenty more looking to get inside and police is having hard time controlling the ground. Team has still not reached.

14:12: Kolkata film industry is in full attendance. The singers are keeping the crowd entertained before the team arrives in the ground.

14:08: Kolkata Knight Riders team have boarded the bus from the hotel and they are on their way to the Eden Gardens.

14:05: The cultural events have stared inside the Eden Gardens as lucky fans who got in early are eagerly awaited the KKR team and owner Shahrukh Khan and Juhi Chawla’s arrival.

13:56: Meanwhile, SRK tweets: “Sorry Kolkata technical snag on flight. Will be a bit late but will be there. Apologies."

13:55: The atmosphere is absolutely electric! Fans waiting for SRK and the KKR team.

13:54: An ecstatic Mamata Banerjee will cut short her North Bengal tour for a few hours to welcome Shah Rukh Khan and Kolkata Knight Riders.

13:30: There have been a delay in start due to crowd problem — KKR bus is ready outsie their hotel. Players will board anytime.

13:05: The crowd is getting out of control outside Eden Gardens — police is lathi charging to control the situation.

12:50: The KKR party is being jointly organised by the West Bengal government and the Cricket Association of Bengal.

12:35: Fans break the barricades to enter the Eden Gardens — Police are trying to control the situation.

12:30: Shah Rukh Khan tweeted earlier in the day: “Kolkata bound. Delay in flight but will make it….Insha Allah nothing can stop us now."

12:20: Six cars will be used for victory laps. A cultural show will keep the Eden crowd entertained from 1 PM.

12:14: The crowd has started settling in - lots of excitement in and around Eden Gardens at the moment.

12:10: The players will leave the team hotel in their bus and drive straight to the Eden Gardens.

12:07: This time there will be no victory parade in the streets as in 2012 the roads got choked due to the celebrations.

12:02: The official start time of the KKR bash is around 1 PM. Mamata Banerjee and the KKR players are expected to arrive at around 2 PM.

IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders will be felicitated at a gala programme at the Eden Gardens today in the presence of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

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    The felicitation will be even better than the one accorded to the KKR after their maiden IPL triumph in the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League two years ago, according to reports.

    Chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who was among the first to congratulate the KKR team and its principal owner Shah Rukh Khan after their splendid win over Kings XI Punjab in the final in Bangalore on Sunday night, is expected to attend the hour-long function.

    first published:June 03, 2014, 11:48 IST
    last updated:June 03, 2014, 11:48 IST