Indian Premier League 2023 finally came to an end as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) defeated Gujarat Titans (GT) by 5 wickets in a last-ball thrilling final on Tuesday, May 30 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. However, during the presentation ceremony, the IPL committee awarded Eden Gardens (Kolkata) and Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai) as the best venue of this season.
Meanwhile, former Indian spinner and now commentator, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, claimed on Twitter that Kolkata’s Eden Gardens had the worst commentary box and that the restrooms “stink like crazy.” Sivaramakrishnan continued and said that “The facilities are terrible, aside from the ground.
The toilets stink like crazy. The facility apart from the ground is horrible
— Laxman Sivaramakrishnan (@LaxmanSivarama1) May 30, 2023
Interestingly, Eden Gardens is currently the only stadium in the nation with a full cover in place and the idea was first floated during the IPL 2008 utilising local plastic. The enormous Narendra Modi Stadium, which will soon play host to the high-profile ODI World Cup final, can “learn” from Eden Gardens’ fully covered rain control system. However, it would be interesting to whether the stadium department will improve the drainage system before the World Cup or not.
The terrible drainage system of Narendra Modi Stadium
The Indian Premier League championship game between GT and CSK was plagued by unprecedented rain for two days in a row. As groundskeepers worked to dry the areas, rainwater began to seep into the side wickets. The stadium was in terrible condition after the rain and left the cricket fraternity shocked as it is the biggest cricket stadium in the world but the facilities are still need to be improved.
The IPL 2023 final saw a rain-hit contest as the umpires reduced 5 overs from the second innings. GT gave a target of 214 runs to CSK but after the rain it was reduced to 171 runs. CSK achieved the target in the last ball of the match with Ravindra Jajeja smashing a four and helping the team to lift the title for the 5th time in IPL history.