Kolkata: Even in his worst nightmares, Sourav Ganguly would not have seen it coming. It was possibly for the first time in his long cricketing career that the former Indian captain and local boy was stopped from going to the Eden Gardens ground as he was not carrying an identity card.
Ganguly, who was doing his maiden commentary assignment at the Eden for the host television broadcaster during the fifth and final India-England one-dayer on Tuesday, was stopped by an anti-corruption unit (ACU) official of the International Cricket Council (ICC) when he was entering the ground for the pitch report before the start of the game.
The ACU official, Dharmender Singh Yadav, asked him "Who are you?," to which a startled Ganguly reportedly replied "I'm Sourav Ganguly, going for the pitch report."
However, Yadav was not impressed and asked for his identity card, which Ganguly was not carrying then as he had left it in the commentary box.
Ganguly had to walk back to the commentary box, get his card and then only Yadav allowed him into the ground.
Ganguly did not make any comment on the incident.
However, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) joint secretary Biswarup Dey said he had heard that such an incident did take place. "The thing was sorted out. But I will speak to Ganguly," he said.
India won the match by 95 runs to seal the five-match series 5-0.