The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has launched a fan engagement initiative ‘Dream Team’ to mark the 500th Test of Team India. The first Test match of the Paytm New Zealand tour of India to be played at Kanpur from September 22 onwards will be Team India’s 500th Test match.
The initiative empowers cricket fans from all across the globe to vote for India’s ‘Dream Team’ through a series of poll questions on the Indian Cricket Team’s Facebook Page - www.facebook.com/IndianCricketTeam
The polls will determine the 'Dream Team', and already thousands have participated in it. The first poll was published on Saturday, and it gave the fans an option to choose the first opener for the side. As expected, Sunil Gavaskar is leading the line ahead of the likes of Navjot Singh Sidhu and Wasim Jaffer. Perhaps, what is strange is the fact that Murali Vijay got 16% of the votes in a poll which has Sunil Gavaskar.
The second opener's slot was up for voting in the second poll, and Virender Sehwag looks like a clear winner in it. His closest competitor in the poll at the moment is Gautam Gambhir, but the margin is humongous.
BCCI President Mr. Anurag Thakur said: “I have always believed that the heart of the game lies with its fans and what better way to celebrate the historic moment of 500th Test match by giving the fans a chance to vote for their ‘Dream Team’. I am pleased that over 100,000 cricket fans have already voted to pick their top-order in the ‘Dream Team’ and I expect that number to grow manifolds in coming days.”
Virat Kohli goes up against Sachin Tendulkar for the fourth spot, and at the moment, the Little Master is winning by a big margin.
Mr. Ajay Shirke, Hony. Secretary said: “This is a great campaign for the Indian cricket fans to come together and pick their favourite players in their team. We are expecting our fans to give a healthy competition to the legends of the game, in their Dream Team.”