Vastavam web: Eden Gardens forever holds a special place in former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin’s heart where he has had a few memorable performances including a debut hundred in 1984-85 and match saving one in 1993. Eden Gardens also witnessed Azhar lift the Hero Cup in 1993 and tri-nation series in 1994.
While there are multiple theories about what prompted him to give Sachin Tendulkar the last over against South Africa, Azhar said that it was just for the heck of being different.
“Quite a few times Eden had saved my career. I would not be sitting here had it not for Eden,” the Hyderabadi stylist walked down the memory lane during a talk show to celebrate the 25 years of stadium’s first match under floodlights. “Those were days when most of the stands were concrete. Now it has chairs. The ground is always special to me,” he recalled. Azharuddin further said India have a good chance to win in Australia although they will have to push hard for every inch as it won’t be easy Down Under. “India have a good chance Down Under. They are a good side and I fancy them winning there. Of course it won’t be easy. It never is in Australia. But this team can do it,” Azharuddin said.