IPL 2018: Despite losing against SRH, Kolkata gets an incredible honour

Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders have lost the playoff against SunRisers Hyderabad last night but the home venue of KKR which is Eden Gardens was voted as the best ground of the Indian Premier League 2018.

Former India skipper and current CAB president Sourav Ganguly tweeted this good news and thanked the ground staff for their valuable contribution.

"The CAB is happy to inform that Eden Gardens has once again been awarded the best venue and ground of IPL 2018," the Cricket Association of Bengal president wrote on his official Twitter handle.

This season, Eden Gardens went on to host nine matches of IPL 2018 after getting two bonus matches in the playoffs which were originally slated in Pune.

The Eliminator and second Qualifier were moved to Kolkata after the western city became Chennai Super Kings' home venue in the middle of the tournament due to Cauvery river water dispute in Tamil Nadu.

"The CAB takes this opportunity to thank all who have contributed to this success beginning with the ground staff, BCCI and ICC," Ganguly added.

CAB joint secretary Avishek Dalmiya also profusely thanked in a post on his official Facebook page.

"Eden Gardens is what it is because of the cricket Loving people of the state, so many thanks to them for being such a great crowd.

On being asked about the matter pitch curator Sujan Mukherjee said,” This is the collective effort by the grounds men, officials and others. I am happy that it has started in my tenure and everyone around the world is talking about the Eden Gardens.”

Not only had the KKR team management but also the other teams lauded the pitch of the venue.”We have got   three recognitions in two years time which is incredible. Not only the venue is adjudged as the best venue in two back to back IPL seasons but also we were the best venue in the last domestic venue as well,” concluded Mukherjee.

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