Kolkata’s Eden Gardens is the oldest and largest cricket stadium in India. It has hosted maximum numbers of international matches among the Indian cricket grounds. The home venue of IPL franchise cricket team Kolkata Knight Riders is also the largest cricket stadium in Asia and second largest cricket stadium in the world. It has already hosted international cricket tournaments like Asia Cup, World Twenty20 and World Cup. This stadium also hosts Association football matches which are very rare. Eden Gardens Stadium derived its name from an adjacent park, Eden Gardens Park. It is one of the oldest parks in Kolkata which gets its name after the Eden sisters of Lord Auckland.
Capacity: The capacity of Eden Garden was 40,000 from 1864 to 1987, 94,000 from 1987 to 2011. It is 68,000 presently.
Stands: Its stands were named after Sourav Ganguly, Pankaj Roy, BN Dutt, and Jagmohan Dalmiya. In 2017, all four stands were renamed as after Indian soldiers Havildar Hangpan Dada, Lieutenant Colonel Dhan Singh Thapa, Subedar Joginder Singh Sahnan, and Colonel Neelakantan Jayachandran Nair.
First Match: 5 to 8 January 1934: India vs England
Pitch report: The Eden Gardens track is considered as a heaven for the spinners. Described as the Lord’s of Asia, it has one of the finest batting surfaces in the world. It is shaped like a shallow and giant bowl which is featured with distinctive and imposing floodlights which tower over it.
Highest One-Day Internationals Totals in Eden Gardens
|India||404/5||50.0||Sri Lanka||Eden Gardens||13 Nov 2014|
|England||321/8||50.0||India||Eden Gardens||22 Jan 2017|
|India||317/3||48.1||Sri Lanka||Eden Gardens||24 Dec 2009|
|India||316/9||50.0||England||Eden Gardens||22 Jan 2017|
|Sri Lanka||315/6||50.0||India||Eden Gardens||24 Dec 2009|
Highest Test Totals in Eden Gardens
|India||657/7d||178.0||Australia||Eden Gardens||11 Mar 2001|
|India||643/6d||153.0||South Africa||Eden Gardens||14 Feb 2010|
|India||633/5d||159.0||Australia||Eden Gardens||18 Mar 1998|
|India||631/7d||151.2||West Indies||Eden Gardens||14 Nov 2011|
|India||616/5d||152.5||Pakistan||Eden Gardens||30 Nov 2007|
Highest Twenty20 Internationals Totals in Eden Gardens
|Pakistan||201/5||20.0||Bangladesh||Eden Gardens||16 Mar 2016|
|West Indies||161/6||19.4||England||Eden Gardens||3 Apr 2016|
|Sri Lanka||155/4||18.5||Afghanistan||Eden Gardens||17 Mar 2016|
|England||155/9||20.0||West Indies||Eden Gardens||3 Apr 2016|
|Afghanistan||153/7||20.0||Sri Lanka||Eden Gardens||17 Mar 2016|