The first time Eden Gardens witnessed large-scale violence was in 1966-67, on day two of a Test against West Indies. It was a crazy New Year's day, a Sunday, and while accounts vary, the accepted truth is that the association had sold more tickets than there was space for. People spilled on to the ground, eventually beyond the boundary line. One thing led to another, and a free-for-all ensued, the cops doing much to provoke the spectators with their stick-swinging ways. Chandu Borde, India's No. 4 in that game, recalls how it all went down.
For those who have been to Eden during the days of jam-packed stands, 90,000 seats without a bum on them was a jarring sight. That happened after more crowd trouble during the 1999 Test against Pakistan. Here's a refresher of the incident and its aftermath, including visuals of Sachin Tendulkar trying to pacify the crowd, the brilliant Pakistan team, and the match ending in eerie silence. Though Saeed Anwar and Javagal Srinath shared the Player-of-the-Match honours, that Test was really about Shoaib Akhtar. Here's some footage of his unplayable bowling in the second innings, and then, of course, those two unforgettable deliveries from the first.
Have you ever seen old newsreels summarising matches? Here's one from India's 28-run Test win against England in 1972-73, complete with music that wouldn't have been out of place in a Hindi movie of the time.
Much of the early cricket I watched at Eden Gardens involved Mohammad Azharuddin's seemingly never-ending love affair with the ground. There was the century on debut, of course, and the time he bashed the South Africans all around the park for a 77-ball 109 in 1996-97. There's the 163 not out against Australia in 1998, which made Ian Chappell exclaim, "He really is an artist when he's going". And the century against England, back in 1992-93, that gave his career its second wind. Unforgettable.
The greatest Test match? There's no debate whatsoever when it comes to people from Kolkata. Here's VVS Laxman looking back on that game and his 281, and a short but incisive bit of analysis from Ian Chappell. The match is recent enough that there are loads of videos: the full highlights, those three Tendulkar wickets, and a bit of the fourth innings. What a Test it was, and what a theatre Eden is.
Shamya Dasgupta is Senior Assistant Editor at ESPNcricinfo