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Pakistan’s historic series clinching win against India on January 3, was at Eden Gardens, India’s most iconic stadium. The match also marked the exact date, 25 years ago, when the first one-day international was played in the stadium – between, of course, Pakistan and India.
Majestic and important… Built in 1864, the stadium was India’s first cricket ground and has been a match venue for nearly every series in the country since 1934. That it shares a postal code with Kolkata’s High Court and the State Secretariat makes it obvious as to how important this stadium is to both state and sport.
A world-class venue… Renovated for the 2012 World Cup, Eden Gardens seats 90,000 fans and is the second largest cricket stadium in the world after the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia. It hosts the Bengal cricket team and is home to the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), owned by Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla. The stadium also sees regular visits by Pakistani swing legend Wasim Akram who serves as the KKR’s bowling consultant. Continue reading