“Not scoring a hundred at Eden Gardens was my biggest fear,” reveals Sourav Ganguly

Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday revealed what he feared the most during his playing days. It wasn’t the toe-crushers or the awkward bouncers; it was to have not scored an international hundred at his home ground, Eden Gardens.

Speaking during the launch of the book Eden Garden-Legend and Romance by former Bengal cricketer and author Raju Mukherjee, Ganguly was quoted by Ibnlive as saying, “My biggest fear was that I thought I would never get a hundred at the Eden. But then it came against Pakistan.”

The left-hander overcame his worst feat on December 1, 2007 when he finally scored 102 against arch-rivals Pakistan, which also turned out to be his last Test at the historic ground. It happens to be his only hundred in eight Tests and four One-Day Internationals (ODIs).

Ganguly felt nostalgic and recalled his first match at the Eden where he scored a century in an under-15 match.

“I started my cricketing life here at the age of 14, and got a century here against Odisha. It is a ground which has never disappointed me. I’ve not lost a match as Test captain,” said Ganguly, who also said he preferred the old stadium to the new revamped one because of its capacity size.

“I have seen the ground transform, the old stand and now the renovated one, although I prefer the old one because of the vastness and the magnanimity of the stadium,” he added, also rating India’s win against Australia in the 2001 Test as his best experience there.

The 150-year-old Eden Gardens has a rich history and once England batsman Alastair Cook had asked Ganguly to host England at the ground.

“Alastair Cook once asked me, if I could get a match for them at the Eden Gardens. I had to make him understand I was just a player and it was not in my hands,” said the 42-year-old.