England cricketers spent time with kids ahead of 3rd ODI

England cricketers spent time with kids ahead of 3rd ODI

England team. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Ahead of the 3rd and final ODI against India at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata, England cricketers along with skipper Eoin Morgan were seen spending time with kids from a non-governmental organisation (NGO) on Saturday after their practice session.

Children between the age group of 5 to 19, part of “Future Hope” programme which helps provide accommodation to street children, were celebrating its 30th anniversary with an initiative called “Curry 4 Kolkata Kids” aimed at raising funds for children by cooking curry from their own recipe.

“We have our association with the England cricket team for past 20 years now. Our managing trustee Tim Grandage is English and thus the association,” Sujata Sen, chief executive of the organisation founded in 1987, told IANS.

Apart from Morgan, pace bowler Chris Woakes, wicket-keepers Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler also spent some quality time with the kids and clicked pictures together.
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Buttler had earlier confessed his love for India, “There’s no place like India to come and play cricket. It is a fantastic experience for someone to cherish and really embrace.” Buttler has represented Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League while skipper Eoin Morgan had earlier played for Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The visitors have already lost the series following a defeat at Cuttack, India won the match by 15 runs in what turned out to be a dramatic finish. Morgan’s captain’s knock of 102 went in vain as he hardly found support from the other end. For India, Yuvraj Singh scored his career best (150) while wicket-keeper and batsman MS Dhoni marked his presence felt with an entertaining 134. India had posted 381/6 in 50 overs.
Both the sides will face each other in the 3rd and final ODI of the series on Sunday and the pitch according to the local groundsmen won’t be a typical Eden wicket.