Bangalore, Dec 4: Given India's record at the historic Eden, MS Dhoni's men start favourites, as they haven't lost a match at this venue since 1999. Can Team India extend their dominance at the venue?
Last time India lost a match at Eden Gardens was in the year 1999, against Pakistan, by 46 runs (16-20 Feb 1999), after which India have been the undisputed kings of Eden Gardens, since 13 years.
India have registered 5 victories since then and managed to draw two matches (against West Indies and Pakistan), which clearly shows India's dominance at home, especially in the last decade.
Team India has played 37 Test matches at the historic Eden Gardens since Jan 5, 1934 against England, which ended in a draw, while India has lost 8 Tests off 37 matches played at the venue.
Interestingly England have played 9 matches at Eden Gardens and have registered only one win, that was way back in 1977, which also suggests that the tourists have not won a Test at Eden since 35 years.
Now, with stats backing them, can India exploit the conditions well and pull off a win at Eden Gardens in order to extend their dominance in the series, remains to be seen.
India's losses at Eden Gardens
Vs Australia - 94 runs (Nov 2-6, 1956)
Vs West Indies - innings and 336 runs (Dec 31, 1958-Jan 4, 1959)
Vs West Indies - innings and 45 runs (Dec 31, 1966 - Jan 5,1967)
Vs Australia - 10 wickets (Dec 12-16 1969)
Vs England - 10 wickets (Jan 1-6 1977)
Vs West Indies - innings and 46 runs (Dec 10-14 1983)
Vs South Africa - 329 runs (Nov 27 - Dec 1, 1996)
Vs Pakistan - 46 runs (Feb 16-20, 1999)