A 156 – year – old majestic cricketing venue situated in the heart of India’s city of joy, the Eden Gardens was perhaps one of the better things the British left behind after independence. Established by Lord Auckland, Governor – General of India in 1864, initially as the “Auckland Circus Gardens”, the name was changed to Eden Gardens, inspired from the Garden of Eden from the Bible.
Popular for mostly vehement crowds and fierce support, the stadium has managed to intimidate many of the teams playing at first, however the affability of the people of Bengal along with the excellent hospitality services has made it a dear ground for many. Though the fascinating fervour for the game at the ground has led to some disgraceful – riot like situations in the past, the Eden Gardens has continued through the years with a clean slate fuelled by impeccable staff.
With a lush green field area and a pitch known to be suitable for pacers, the stadium has been an eager witness to some landmark moments in Indian cricket. Whether it be the India vs Australia test in 2001 where a mighty 281 came off the bat of VVS Laxman, or Harbhajan Singh’s historic test hat trick, the stadium has seen history being written as many of the matches held there have unfolded. It recently hosted India’s very first day/night test against Bangladesh, amidst already have hosted various World Cup, World T20 and other international cricket matches.
With over 50 matches held at this iconic cricket ground, the Eden Gardens still never manages to lose the charm to it, as if a jewel never managing to lose its sparkle. Since its initial first class cricket match in 1917, neither has the scent of cricket changed here, nor the ferocity of its beloved fans.
Hailed as the Lords of the subcontinent and a must – play stadium for any cricketer in their careers, the ambience coupled with its magnitude and it’s Colosseum – esque architecture gives it a special spot in every Indian cricket fan’s heart.It oozes of a vintage feel to it, hard to miss when stepping onto the ground. With the reputation of being India’s oldest and arguably best stadium, the Eden Gardens does truly, add to the silent charm of the city of Kolkata.