'Arey everyone will enjoy lekin hamari batting ka kya hoga' - Fans react as Eden Gardens curator says that 'Fast bowlers will enjoy bowling in CWC23'

The Indian cricket board has started preparations for the upcoming ODI World Cup in 2023 with upgradation of all 12 venues of CWC23

Rohit Kumar
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Eden Gardens (Source: Twitter)

The Indian cricket board has started preparations for the upcoming ODI World Cup in 2023. Ahead of the marquee tournament, all 12 venues are being upgraded for fans and players. On this list are the names of iconic Eden Gardens. The ground, which has served as one of the biggest stages for many years, is set to get a new pitch.

The Eden pitch and outfield, named the finest in the IPL for the third year in a row—this time jointly with Mumbai's Wankhede—have provided additional impetus for the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) ground staff. Work began on June 30, shortly after the CAB Junior U-18 Invitational competition concluded.

Speaking about the conditions and challenges this year, Eden Pitch curator Sujan Mukherjee said that this year they need to be more careful. "The pitch is being prepared afresh, just as it’s done at the end of every season. But this time, we obviously have to be extra careful and do an even better job", he told the Telegraph.

Eden Gardens will host five matches, including the semi-finals

Further speaking about the conditions, Mukherjee said that pacers will enjoy bowling here. "Just as it has been of late, you’ll again see wickets with firm bounce and nice carry. The Quicks will enjoy bowling here. And of course, it will aid strokeplay as well," Mukherjee said. "With the amount of rolling the pitch undergoes, it takes a toll on the soil at the end of the season. What fresh soil does is level the pitch while adding freshness," Mukherjee further added.

As coring is being done in the ground, Mukherjee said, "Coring provides oxygen to the grass and helps in its growth. What also helped was the minimal rain over the last few days. Thankfully, we could finish it quickly. Otherwise, it would’ve slowed down the proceedings." It's worth noting that apart from the India vs. South Africa clash, Kolkata will witness four other matches, including the semifinals. Pakistan is going to play two matches on this ground against England and Bangladesh.

Here is how fans react to the pitch curator's comments:

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