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6 important statistics about Eden Gardens

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Let's have a look at 6 key stats about the historical Eden Gardens stadium where India is playing a test against New Zealand.

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The iconic Eden Gardens ground in Kolkata

The second test of the India-New Zealand series is taking place at the legendary Eden Gardens at Kolkata. This is a ground that has seen some historical performances like VVS Laxman’s epic 281 and Harbhajan Singh’s hat-trick, which was the first ever by an Indian bowler in test matches, both against Australia in 2001.

These are performances that are etched in the memories of cricket lovers forever.

In this vein, let’s have a look at some key statistics related to the Eden Gardens, Kolkata, in test cricket:

#1 Top team scores

Unsurprisingly, it is Team India that leads the way here as their batsmen have dominated proceedings at this ground since forever.

Team

Score

Overs

Innings

Opponent

Result

India

657/7d

178.0

Third

Australia

Won

India

643/6d

153.0

Second

South Africa

Won

India

633/5d

159.0

Second

Australia

Won

India

631/7d

151.2

First

West Indies

Won

India

616/5d

152.5

First

Pakistan

Draw

West Indies

614/5d

162.1

First

India

Won

India

565

172.2

Second

West Indies

Draw

West Indies

530/5d

151.5

First

India

Draw

England

523

167.3

Second

India

Won

West Indies

497

171.3

Second

India

Draw

#2 Top individual scores

Again, no surprises, as it’s that 281 by ‘Very Very Special’ Laxman that tops the list of highest scores at this ground. Such was the brilliance of this innings that it was recently rated as the best test performance of the last 50 years.

Batsman

Team

Score

Balls Faced

Innings

Opponent

Result

VVS Laxman

India

281

452

Third

Australia

Won

Rohan Kanhai

West Indies

256

-

First

India

Won

Wasim Jaffer

India

202

274

First

Pakistan

Draw

Alastair Cook

England

190

377

Second

India

Won

Saeed Anwar

Pakistan

188*

259

Third

India

Won

Sunil Gavaskar

India

182*

-

Third

West Indies

Draw

Mohd. Azharuddin

India

182

197

First

England

Won

Rahul Dravid

India

180

353

Third

Australia

Won

Rohit Sharma

India

177

301

Second

West Indies

Won

VVS Laxman

India

176*

280

First

West Indies

Won

#3 Top bowling performances

A surprise here at no.1. It is the South African all-rounder Lance Klusener who holds the record for the best ever bowling figures in an innings at this ground, and astonishingly, he did it on his test debut!

Bowler

Team

Overs

Runs

Wickets

Innings

Opponent

Result

Lance Klusener

South Africa

21.3

64

8

Fourth

India

Won

Javagal Srinath

India

27.0

86

8

Third

Pakistan

Lost

Ghulam Ahmed

India

20.3

49

7

First

Australia

Lost

Anil Kumble

India

38.0

63

7

Fourth

Pakistan

Won

Harbhajan Singh

India

30.0

87

7

Third

South Africa

Won

BS Bedi

India

50.0

98

7

Second

Australia

Lost

Harbhajan Singh

India

37.5

123

7

First

Australia

Won

Malcolm Marshall

West Indies

15.0

37

6

Third

India

Won

Richie Benaud

Australia

29.0

52

6

Second

India

Won

Roy Gilchrist

West Indies

21.0

55

6

Third

India

Won

#4 Overall team statistics

Team India, being the home team, has played the highest number of tests at this venue with 40*. West Indies and England have played 10 each. Among the test playing nations, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe have never played a test here.

Team

Matches

Won

Lost

Draw

Tied

W/L Ratio

India

40*

11

9

19

0

1.222

West Indies

10

3

3

4

0

1.000

Australia

7

2

2

3

0

1.000

England

10

2

3

5

0

0.666

Pakistan

7

1

1

5

0

1.000

South Africa

3

1

2

0

0

0.500

New Zealand

3*

0

0

2

0

0.000

Note: The stars indicate that this list includes the India-NZ test that is presently underway. It is India’s 40th and New Zealand’s 3rd test at this venue.

#5 Most runs at the venue

Who else but Mr. Laxman again! He tops the run charts at this venue with over 1200 runs in just 10 tests and an average of over a 100 runs per innings.

Batsman

Matches

Innings

Runs

Average

Highest Score

100s

50s

VVS Laxman

10

15

1217

110.63

281

5

3

Rahul Dravid

9

16

962

68.71

180

4

3

Sachin Tendulkar

13

21

872

45.81

176

2

6

Mohd. Azharuddin

7

9

860

107.50

182

5

2

Dilip Vengsarkar

7

12

645

71.66

157*

2

2

Sunil Gavaskar

8

15

583

44.84

182*

2

1

ML Jaisimha

7

13

530

44.16

129

1

2

Virender Sehwag

6

10

514

51.40

165

1

2

Gundappa Viswanath

8

15

501

33.40

139

1

3

MS Dhoni

5

7

457

91.40

144

2

2

#6 Most wickets at the venue

‘The Turbanator’, Harbhajan Singh, who took a hat-trick here, performed incredibly at this ground. The wily off-spinner has taken 46 wickets here in just 7 tests that include 6 five-wicket hauls.

Bowler

Matches

Innings

Wickets

BBI

BBM

Average

SR

5-w

10-w

Harbhajan Singh

7

13

46

7/87

13/196

21.76

54.1

6

1

Anil Kumble

8

15

40

7/63

10/161

30.82

73.8

2

1

BS Bedi

6

10

29

7/98

7/98

22.03

65.1

3

0

Kapil Dev

8

15

27

6/91

6/107

32.37

68.8

2

0

Javagal Srinath

4

7

22

8/86

13/132

23.90

44.2

2

1

Ghulam Ahmed

4

7

21

7/49

10/130

22.28

51.7

1

1

Vinoo Mankad

5

10

21

4/49

6/105

27.09

72.0

0

0

Salim Durani

5

9

19

6/73

8/113

21.89

53.5

2

0

Richie Benaud

2

4

18

6/52

11/105

14.83

43.6

2

1

BS Chandrasekhar

6

10

18

5/65

9/107

30.44

80.7

1

0


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