The Cricket Association of Bengal celebrated , on 16th October celebrated 150 years of the Eden Gardens Stadium. The stadium which many believe is the ‘ Mecca Of Indian Cricket’. On this occasion , a book and a documentary was launched .
Titled ‘Eden Gardens — Legends and Romance’, the book written by former Bengal Ranji captain Raju Mukherjee, is of 204 pages and explains about the Calcutta Cricket Club and how the stadium got it’s name Eden . It was named after Emily and Fanny Eden, the sisters of Lord Auckland , who was the Governor General of India from 1836 to 1842.
Also , there was a 12 minute audio visual documentary , conceptualised by Gopal Bose, the former Bengal captain.
The stadium has had enough share of moments from Indian cricket. Be it the first win at Eden, led by the heroics of Salim Durani and Chandu Borde or the famous win against Australia in 2001, when India came back into the match after being enforced a follow on.
Sourav Ganguly, the local hero has singled out the performance of VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid as the best ones in the stadium. Remembering his childhood days, Ganguly said that it was an Under-14 game against Orissa , which was his first match at this venue , and he scored a century in that match.
Ganguly , also the Joint secretary of CAB stressed the importance of producing good cricketers , something which Bengal is not very good at in these days. Not many form here have went on to have a good International careers.
Salim Durani said that his life changed after playing at this venue . Chandu Borde said that it was a dream come true for players of his age to be able to play for India at this venue.