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Eden Gardens, Kolkata

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Eden Gardens is a cricket ground in Kolkata, India. Established in 1864, it is the oldest cricket stadium in India and it is one of the largest cricket stadium in India and third-largest in the world in terms of seating capacity. It is widely acknowledged to be one of the most ‘iconic cricket stadiums in the world’. It has been called “cricket’s answer to the Coliseum“.

 Eden Gardens is called the “Mecca of Indian cricket”,

It has a reputation of staging the most passionate and vocal crowd and has almost become like a place of pilgrimage for most international cricketers. It played host to the iconic India-Australia Test series in 2001 wherein VVS Laxman scored a glorious 281 which remains the highest score at the ground.

The pitch at Eden Gardens has traditionally been on the slower side and good for batting, assisting spin bowlers very early.

  • Address:Eden Garden Rd, Kolkata, West Bengal 700021
  • Capacity:80,000
  • Ends:High Court End, Pavilion End
  • Association Name:The Cricket Association of Bengal
  • Floodlights:Yes
  • Pavillion: High Court End / Pavillion End

Eden Gardens stands have been named after prominent local cricketers and soldiers. On 22 January 2017, 2 stands were named after Indian cricketers

  • Sourav Ganguly and Pankaj Roy while 2 more were after cricket administrators –
  • BN Dutt (BCCI President 1988-1990) and Jagmohan Dalmiya (BCCI President 2001–04, 2013 – interim, 2015).[22] Dalmiya served as ICC President from 1997 to 2000.

On 27 April 2017, 4 stands were named after Indian soldiers[23]

  • Colonel Neelakantan Jayachandran Nair,
  • Havildar Hangpan Dada,
  • Lieutenant Colonel Dhan Singh Thapa and
  • Subedar Joginder Singh Sahnan. LC Thapa
    • Subedar Singh are Param Vir Chakra awardees – the highest wartime military decoration in India while Col Nair and Havildar Dada are Ashok Chakra – the highest peacetime military decoration.

Eden Garden saw a record crowd of 95000 in 1987 Cricket World Cup Final.

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