Eden Gardens, popularly called the Mecca of Indian cricket, is once again set to become part of history as it will host India's first-ever day-night Test against Bangladesh, starting Friday. Some of the most iconic moments of Indian cricket, both good and bad, have come at this very venue -- be it India's famous win against mighty Australia in 2001 or the disappointing loss to Sri Lanka in the semi-final of 1996 World Cup. Live Cricket Match Today The stadium has so far hosted 41 Test matches, the most by any venue in the country. In these Tests, teams batting first have won on 12 occasions, while the team that batted second emerged victorious in nine matches.
Eden Gardens, established in 1864, hosted its first Test match in January 1934 against England, years before attaining independence. The stadium, however, had to wait for a long time before it could host its first limited-overs game in 1987. In fact, the iconic stadium created history as it became the first stadium other than Lord's to host the summit clash of a World Cup tournament. Live Cricket Match Today Talking about India's famous wins at this venue, the hosts, led by Sourav Ganguly, scripted one of the most memorable victories of the modern era in Test cricket when they defeated Australia, thus bringing their winning spree to a halt.