Good attendance at Eden Gardens

It might not have been the Test with the highest attendance at Eden Gardens (thought to be in excess of 120,000), but the second Test between India and South Africa has seen busier stands than Nagpur where the spectators were generally waiting to bat.

There are a few stands down for renovation at Eden Gardens at the minute, but it’s vast enough that they can still cram in 35,000 wide-eyed nutters who will cheer India along. It makes a difference.

The politics of Indian cricket means Eden Gardens hasn’t seen much Test action in recent years and that’s a tragedy, both in the sense that Test cricket deserves great crowds, but also for India’s own interests, because it turns them from a team which concedes 500-and-odd for six wickets into one which carries out spectacularly vitriolic assaults on the opposition without a moment’s warning.

Spectators spur on players, which excites spectators, which spurs on players, which excites spectators. The whole thing hinges on people like us; sitting on our fat arses on undersized plastic seats, occasionally getting overly excited about something that doesn’t really matter.

We are the cholesterol-clogged beating heart of this whole thing.

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5 Appeals

  1. Ged Mega Super King

    February 15, 2010 at 11:30 am

    I attribnte it all to the King Cricket Mega Super King marketing campaign for white clothing throughout all territories.

    As evidence, here is a picture I took not so long ago at eden Gardens before King Cricket’s marketing campaign:

    http://v4admin.sportnetwork.net/upload/66/66_0_1204917085.jpg

  2. Could you do something on how creepy Ally Cook looks these days? He looks like something from a hammer horror movie. That is what Captaincy does to one and he has barely started.

    MV looked like the psycho undead in the last half of his captaincy career.

  3. I remeber that game of India vs pakistan at Edan garden in 1998 when India were cruising to win the test match but a super spell by Saqlian and Wasim changed the game, infect it all started with that one of the most controversial run outs of all time, when he was accidentally blocked by the Shoaib Akhter and a direct hit was enough to see his back……that game will live in my memory for ever…..

  4. Eden Gardens has always seen good crowds for test cricket. I think Kolkata and Chennai are the only two places in India which have consistently seen good crowds for test matches.

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