Kolkata, Nov 15: For a stadium that had witnessed a crowd of 80,000-plus turn out during the epic India-Australia 2001 Test, the historical Eden Gardens on Monday wore a sorry figure with less than 10,000 filling in on the opening day of the India-West Indies second Test.
With Sachin Tendulkar's impending 100th international century, being the only attraction against West Indians, the Eden had a vacant look with less than 1,000 turning up at the start.
Such was the misery that former England Test cricketer turned commentator Tony Greig described the historical venue as a "morgue" in a tweet.
"Eden Gardens was one of my favourite grounds because of its wonderful atmosphere. Today it looks and sounds like a morgue," the former English allrounder wrote, blaming it on a Monday start.
According to figures available from the hosts Cricket Association of Bengal, about 10,000 people were in attendance when Tendulkar batted in the second session.
In fact, people had started pouring in the post-lunch session hearing Tendulkar was batting but once he got out for 38 there was little hope even as Eden's popular duo of VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid batted impressively.
Incidentally, the Eden Gardens that hosted its third international match in the last 20 days had witnessed something similar earlier.
In India's ODI against England on October 25, only 27,000 were in attendance, lowest for a match involving the home team.