Kolkata: Former Test players from Bengal are eagerly awaiting for Sachin Tendulkar to reach the coveted milestone of 100 international hundreds at the Eden Gardens. (Agencies)
Eden Gardens' wicket of late has been a batsman's paradise and in the last Test played here, seven players from India and South Africa got hundreds and Tendulkar was one of them.
Former India wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta said for "some selfish reason" the cricket-crazy people of the state would like to see it being notched at the Eden.
"You can call me selfish... But we want to see it being done by Tendulkar here. The Eden beckons Sachin's 100th century. We all want to see it here so that we can proudly say "I was there" when Sachin scored the century," Dasgupta said.
The former Bengal skipper further said there was no reason why Tendulkar would not get to the mark.
"He is batting so fluently. The way he completed 15000 Test runs, he would notch up his 100th century. It's just a matter of time. I really hope he does it here. It would be a huge thing for all of us."
Another former India opener Devang Gandhi has a strong feeling that the Eden waited for this moment.
"And the moment has arrived. It's a great opportunity for us to go there and support him and witness history," Gandhi said.
"Everybody was expecting this to happen at the Lord's but it did not happen there. Somehow, the mark is eluding him for quite a long time... It gives all of us a feeling that Eden will witness the moment. We all are looking forward to it."
The 40-year-old said the Eden would offer a typical Test wicket that will help the batsmen and will help spinners later on.
"We have seen in the past that it has helped the batsmen. We can expect a lot of runs but as the match progresses, there would be a bit of turn."
It would be an ideal condition for India to put up a good total after opting to bat winning the toss, he said.
Tendulkar will have good last match memories of him at the Eden as he had scored 106 in India's winning cause against South Africa in the second Test in February 2010.
For the record, Tendulkar has two Test and two ODI centuries in Eden Gardens.
The iconic Indian batsman came close to the mark in the opening Test in Delhi before getting out for 76 in the second innings.
The seniormost pro has been stuck on 99 international hundreds since the ODI World Cup when he hit two centuries, against England and South Africa in March.
Tendulkar's last international hundred was the 111 he scored against South Africa in the one-day international in Nagpur on March 12, his 48th ODI ton.
Since then, he has not scored an international hundred for four ODIs and 10 innings from five Tests.
Tendulkar's last Test hundred was in the first innings of the third and final Test against South Africa in Cape Town in January when he scored 146 in India's 364 all out. That was his 51st Test ton.
Kolkata: Former Test players from Bengal are eagerly awaiting for Sachin Tendulkar to reach the coveted milestone of 100 international hundreds at the Eden Gardens.