Who can forget the four consecutive sixes which Carlos Brathwaite hit to clinch the World T20 title for West Indies a few months back? No one can. Eden Gardens was packed to capacity and the crowd almost took the roof off with their screams, cheering for two foreign outfits. Imagine what it will be like when India take on New Zealand at the “Mecca of Indian cricket” in the second Test match starting from Friday.
The historic venue has played hosts to finals of two World events and is often referred to as the cricket’s answer to the Colosseum, the historic amphitheatre in Rome. However, it was also the setting where Indian infamously lost to Sri Lanka in the 1996 World-Cup semifinal.
From 1934 there have been 39 Test matches, 29 One-Day Internationals and 7 T20s on the hallowed turf and over the course of this time, it has witnessed some majestic knocks too.
Here we look at the top five innings from some of the batting greats on the iconic venue.
#5 Alastair Cook (England), 190 versus India
England were touring India in late 2012 and they were quite handsomely beaten in the first Test of the four-match Test series. They roared back in some style in Mumbai where they clinched the second outing by 10 wickets and they flew into Kolkata.
With all to play for India won the toss and elected to bat. Sachin Tendulkar scored a brilliant 76 to help his side get to a fighting total of 316 in the first innings. But then Alaistair Cook raised his hand up and delivered for the visitors right when in it mattered the most.
The England captain notched a scintillating 190 studded with 23 boundaries and two sixes and propelled the outfit to a massive 523 runs. The knock came as quite a setback for the Indians who were bowled out for 247 in their second innings. England then knocked off the 41-run target quite easily to take a 2-1 lead in the series. They eventually won it owing to a draw in the next game at Nagpur.