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Infamous run-out to unfortunate stumping, a look at Sachin Tendulkar’s efforts at Eden Gardens
Nov 04, 2013, 16:24 PM IST
Kolkata: Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell Test series is just two days away, and Kolkata’s Eden Gardens is all set to host the first of the iconic two-Test series.
One of India’s more famous venues, Eden has quite a bit of pedigree that makes it one of the finest grounds in world cricket. As he gears up for a final flourish, we take you back a few years to relive Sachin Tendulkar’s relationship with the Eden:
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Eden played host to the epic VVS Laxman’s 281 against the Aussies in 2001. Sachin contributed with the ball, claiming three crucial wickets.
During the semi-final of the 1996 World Cup against Sri Lanka, Sachin’s stumping on an underprepared track triggered massive crowd uproar. The match was called off and was awarded to the tourists, who eventually went on to win the World Cup.
Sachin is the leading run-scorer in ODIs at Eden. In 13 ODIs that he has played here, the Little Master has amassed 496 runs, including a century and four fifties. In Tests, with 862 runs from 20 innings of 12 Tests, Sachin is the third highest run-getter at Eden Gardens.
The list is headed by VVS Laxman (1217 runs) and Rahul Dravid (962 runs).
In 1999, chasing Pakistan’s 279 in second innings, Sachin was run out in a rather unfortunate fashion. India, placed at 145/2, crumbled after Tendulkar’s demise and lost the match.
Tendulkar had played a Wasim Akram delivery to deep mid-wicket where Nadeem Khan fielded the ball. Sachin, running his third run, was stopped in his tracks by Shoib Akhtar, that resulted in former’s run-out.
Replays showed Akhtar’s intrusion had caused Tendulkar’s run-out. The crowd erupted after Sachin was ruled out. The stands were vandalised and spectators hurled water bottles and other things on the ground.
The crowd didn’t calm down even after Sachin himself urged it to maintain peace. The police then ordered the crowd to evacuate, and the match proceeded in front of near empty stands.
On August 16, 1980, during a football match between East Bengal and Mohan Bagan, a stampede at Eden Gardens claimed 16 lives.