Eden was our main venue: Harbhajan

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Kolkata, Jan 31 (PTI) With Eden Gardens no longer hostinga World Cup match featuring India, off-spinner HarbhajanSingh today said he is really disappointed that they would notbe able to bowl at the historic venue to the roar ofspectators, which makes the ground really special.

The ICC today confirmed its decision to relocate thevenue for the India vs England match to Bangaluru afterrejecting BCCI''s appeal to reverse its decision of droppingthe venue for the February 27 match yesterday.

Harbhajan, who has some great memories of Eden Gardensincluding a hattrick that helped India put a halt onAustralia''s 16 Test wins in 2001, today said he wouldpersonally miss playing at the venue.

"I don''t know why it has happened and I can''t doanything about it. Obviously we are disappointed... Bahutyaadein hai Eden ke saath (I have a lot of fond memories withEden Gardens)," Harbhajan told PTI.

"It was our main ground. Not playing at the Eden Gardenswill be a big disappointment for us. It''s one of my favouriteground in India.

"It''s one of the oldest stadiums in India... Thestructure, the way the stadium is built makes it reallybeautiful. I have some great memories of the Eden Gardens.

It''s always been very lucky ground for us and also for me,that itself makes it really special," he added.

He referred to the epic Test against Australia where notonly he got a hattrick, but VVS Laxman struck an epic 281 toscript a historic win against the world champions.

Harbhajan said the crowd atmosphere makes it a memorableexperience in Eden Gardens.

"The crowd makes it really special. No other ground canmatch Kolkata in terms of the number of people turning up forthe match. Even in Mumbai (Wankhede) a lot of people come tosee the match, but it''s almost double in Eden Gardens. Youliterally feel the noise," he said.

Fellow off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin echoed Harbhajan''slines and said: "I will miss playing in there. It has gotelectrifying atmosphere which is the best in India.

Definitely, I am disappointed and feeling a little sad frominside." PTI TAP MD ATK

Story first published: Monday, January 31, 2011, 18:00 [IST]
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