First day thoughts: What a lovely day of test cricket. NZ won the first session, beautiful batting by Pujara and Rahane post lunch and NZ definitely winning the post tea session as well. Eden Gardens, what a ground, what memories from childhood (India winning the Hero Cup semi final and final in 1993, VVS Laxman in 2001, India beating South Africa in 2010 after a massive reargaurd action by Hashim Amla in 2010). The ground is almost empty, very sad, reflects the new age and it’s priorities. But some things remain constant: the stunned silence when Pujara got out which slowly morphed into a massive ovation for his knock is something one can only expect from Eden Gardens.
Day two thoughts: Matt Henry’s sensational catch at fine leg to dismiss Mohammad Shami generates a warm applause from the sparse but noisy crowd. Lovely swing bowling from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. In this age of weight / strength training in gyms etc, cricket still requires and encourages skill based players with not much strength: swing / seam bowling and slips catching (Rahul Dravid was one of the finest for India) are skills not requires massive amounts of strength. Always nice to watch test matches with proper wicketkeepers like Saha, who exhibits such neat technique and is nimble and dexterous and of course BJ Watling keeps beautifully for NZ. Two beautiful shots by Luke Ronchi: a pull shot followed by a gorgeous straight drive.