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Ganguly, Leander Paes cheer India at Eden

February 16, 2010, 9:02 PM IST
Ganguly, Leander Paes cheer India at Eden

Kolkata: Among the third day audience of the second Test between India and South Africa were two of Kolkata's favourite sons - Sourav Ganguly and Leander Paes - cheering for the home team.

The camerapersons flocked round the two VIP spectators at the sports arena when they walked in to take their places.

For local boy Ganguly, who grew up as a cricketer practising at the Eden Gardens, this was the first Test match at the venue after his retirement from international cricket. The former India captain entered in the post-lunch session, and was at the stadium when VVS Laxman completed his half-century.

Paes, on the other hand, was there by the post-tea session, accompanied by wife Rhea Pillai and four-year-old daughter Aiyana.

Brimming with enthusiasm, Leander profusely applauded when Laxman and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni completed their hundreds.

Later, in a chat with mediapersons, Leander said that he was missing Ganguly in the team.

On Monday, at a function Leander had described his Sunday evening's meeting with 'Captain Fantastic' Mahendra Singh Dhoni as a memorable occasion.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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