Full house at Eden, a tribute to Greig: Prasanna

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Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 15:20 [IST]
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Packed Eden a tribute to Greig: Prasanna

Kolkata, Jan 2: Former India cricketer Erapalli Prasanna feels a packed audience at Eden Gardens would be a fitting tribute to former England skipper Tony Greig who died earlier this week after being diagnosed with lung cancer in Oct 2012.

Tony Grieg had called the Eden Gardens a morgue after a handful of spectators had come to watch the Test match between India and West Indies a year ago, while he was a part of the commentary team during that Test match.

Since there were hardly 1,000 spectators at a stadium that has a capacity of around 65,000 during an India-West Indies Test in November 2011, prompted the famous commentator Tony Greig to call it a morgue.

"Eden Gardens was one of my favourite grounds because of its wonderful atmosphere. Today, it looks and sounds like a morgue," tweeted Greig, who had happy memories of captaining England to a 10-wicket victory over India at the venue in 1976-77.

"I remember when more than 80,000 used to rise on their feet and were roaring. It feels sad to see Eden like this," Greig had posted on Twitter.

The ground also witnessed lowest ever turnout 27,000 in the month of October during the fifth and final ODI match against England.

Former India spinner, Prasanna also felt that a packed audience at Eden Gardens would be a tribute to the legendary cricketer and commentator.

"Tony was an excellent cricketer, a good human being. He was one of the shrewdest cricketing brains. I think he deserves this appreciation, such a tribute," Prasanna said.

Since the tickets have been sold out, the stadium is expected to be a full house for the second ODI against Pakistan on Thursday.

Having lost the first ODI to Pakistan, Team India would look forward to get the winning momentum back. Moreover, a packed stadium would also pay tribute to the former England skipper turned commentator Tony Greig.


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