India's oldest living Test player Deepak Shodhan (86) gets 'best birthday gift ever' at Eden Gardens

Kolkata: Deepak Shodhan, the oldest living Indian Test cricketer and Krishnamachari Srikkanth, the first ODI centurion for India at the Eden Gardens, relived their odyssey with the iconic ground on Saturday to mark the celebration of its 150 years.

Deepak Shodhan
Deepak Shodhan 

Shodhan, who scored a Test century on debut in Kolkata and Srikkanth unveiled a booklet on the Eden and a gold coin to commemorate Eden's 150 years of existence at a ceremony attended by former Bengal players and Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) officials.

"I am setting foot in this stadium after 62 long years but I still remember the day when, coming in at No 8 I scored a century," said the left-handed batsman, who scored a sparkling 110 against Pakistan on December 14, 1952.

What a day!
Shodhan, who celebrated his 86th birthday on Saturday, described his felicitation by the CAB as the "best birthday gift ever."

Srikkanth, who scored the first ODI century of the ground against arch-rivals Pakistan on February 18, 1987, said the experience of playing at the Eden was beyond words.

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