Eden Gardens will be a ‘good, firm, even-bouncing wicket’, says Prabir Mukherjee

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Eden Gardens has been subject to a lot of rain over the past couple of days

Kolkata’s Eden Gardens stadium, which will play host to the first Test between India and West Indies from November 6, will be a “good, firm, even-bouncing wicket”, according to chief groundsman Prabir Mukherjee.

Mukherjee added that the batsmen should not find the wicket too hard to play on either.

“It will be a good, firm, even-bouncing wicket, so that the [batsmen] will be able to play their shots,” Mukherjee told ESPNcricinfo.

Despite a heavy amount of rainfall having fallen over Kolkata in he past couple of days, Mukherjee noted that there is no need for the batsmen to start worrying.

“There is no such thing as a bowler’s wicket in cricket,” he said. “That is an under-prepared wicket. Cricket is a game of batsmanship. When a batsman makes a hundred he gets more applause than when a bowler gets a five-for. That’s the difference.”

Mukherjee also dismissed rumours suggesting that the Eden Gardens wicket would be flat in order to allow legendary India batsman Sachin Tendulkar to score a lot of runs in his 199th Test match.

“I had no pressure to prepare a wicket tailor-made for Sachin,” he said. “And why should I? He’s played 198 Test matches. For Sachin, to make it easier to bat is a foolish approach. There’s a reason why he’s played so many Test matches. And I’ll just pray to God that he shows that again, by making another hundred in his 199th Test. It’s just a pleasure for us to watch him play here for one last time.”

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