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1Indian cricket Grounds Empty Indian cricket Grounds on Wed Jan 30, 2008 3:08 pm


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angalore, India

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M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Karnataka State Cricket Association, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Bangalore - 560001

Also or formerly known as Karnataka State Cricket Association Stadium
Established 1969
Capacity 55,000
Floodlights Yes
End names Pavilion End, BEML End
Home team(s) Karnataka
Curator Narayan Raju


Originally named the Karnataka State Cricket Association Stadium, the ground was eventually renamed after M Chinnaswamy, who was the president of the Indian board from 1977 until 1980, and was involved in the administration of Karnataka cricket for close to four decades. The foundation for the construction of the stadium was laid in May 1969 and building began in 1970.

The stadium was given Test status in 1974-75 and hosted West Indies in the opening match, although the stadium was only half-built. That match was also the debut of two West Indian greats, Gordon Greenidge and Viv Richards. The stadium also played host to Sunil Gavaskar's swansong innings - a masterclass on a minefield - when India went down to Pakistan in the series decider in 1987.

The stadium was renovated before the two sides met each other again in another titanic encounter; the World Cup quarter-final in 1996, when floodlights were installed for the first time. Since then, Bangalore has proved to be a lucky venue for visiting teams with South Africa, Australia and Pakistan winning crucial games. South Africa's historic series win in 2000, Michael Clarke's sensational hundred on debut, Inzamam's century in his 100th Test and Anil Kumble's 400th Test wicket have been the highlights over the last decade.
Brabourne Stadium

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Mumbai, India

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Established 1937
Named after Lord Brabourne, Governor of Bombay
Capacity 20,000
Floodlights No
End names Pavilion End, Church Gate End
Home team(s) Mumbai

The Brabourne Stadium was built on a piece of land reclaimed from the sea which Lord Brabourne, Governor of Bombay, presented to the Cricket Club of India after being tempted with an offer of immortality in the bargain. It was officially opened on December 7 1937 following with a match between the CCI and Lord Tennyson's team. The idea that the ground would be the Lord's of India (the Cricket Club of India was regarded as the county's MCC) was the brainchild of a Goan, Neville de Mello. It was as exclusive as its English counterpart and every bit as luxurious - Frank Worrell once remarked that it was the only place in the world where he could watch cricket in his dressing-gown and remove it when it was his turn to bat. It was also a multi-sport complex which hosted international tennis..

But the ground had its problems, mostly notably with the crowds who were often crammed in beyond capacity, and that, allied to constant disputes over ticketing arrangements, led to the Bombay Cricket Association building its own stadium half a mile away.

The Brabourne these days has an air of faded splendor, and although it has hosted the occasional first-class match (Sachin Tendulkar made the first double century of his first-class career during Mumbai's win over Australia in 1997-9Cool.

The Brabourne Stadium has a rich and fascinating history. After it was built,the Pentangular shifted here from the Bombay Gymkhana in 1937-38 and it was here that Vijay Merchant - Vijay Hazare rivalry was played out with no quarter asked and none given. In the 1943-44 final between Rest and Hindus, Hazare parried Merchant's record 250 with an astonishing 309 out of 387, despite which Rest lost by an innings. Hazare also hit centuries in all his four Tests at Brabourne. Merchant never played a Test here but made over 35% of his career first-class runs on this wicket, including an unbeaten 359 v Maharashtra. Eleven of the 17 Tests here were drawn but there were some tense finishes - in 1948-49 against the West Indies, umpire Joshi removed the bails with 90 seconds left on the clock and India six short of a maiden Test win.

Eden Gardens

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Kolkata, India

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The Cricket Association of Bengal, DR BC Roy Club House, Eden Gardens, Kolkata - 700021

Established 1864
Capacity 90,000
Floodlights Yes
End names High Court End, Pavilion End
Home team(s) Bengal
Curator Probir Mukherjee

Along with the MCG, the Eden Gardens remains cricket's answer to the Coliseum. It first hosted a Test back in the days of India's cricketing infancy, with Douglas Jardine's team easing to victory inside four days in 1934. Since then, it has become something of a place of pilgrimage for most international cricketers, a chance to strut their stuff in front of the most passionate and vocal crowd in the game. At times though, the fervour has spilled into excess, with riots disrupting matches against the West Indies (1966-67) and Australia (1969-70), and a shameful exhibition of boorishness causing the World Cup semi-final against Sri Lanka (1996) to be called off with the visitors on the threshold of victory.

There have been other, better, times too when the verve and energy of the crowd has made it a twelfth man of sorts and stirred India's finest to great feats, none more so than that hallowed day in March 2001 when VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid set the stage for the greatest come-from-behind victory of modern times, against an Australian team poised for an unprecedented 17th straight Test win. Despite packing in 90,000 on red-letter days, it hasn't been a lucky charm for India until recently, when the spin wiles of Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble inspired famous victories against Australia and Pakistan.

Green Park

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Civil Lines, Kanpur, India

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UP Cricket Association, E/23, Ashram Building, PO HN Shastri Nagar, Kamla Nagar, Township, Kanpur - 208 005 (Phone: 0512 - 2240933/2218076)

Also or formerly known as Modi Stadium
Established 1945
Capacity 45,000
Floodlights Yes

Constructed in one of the most polluted cities in India, Kanpur's Green Park stadium, situated close to the river Ganges, accommodates 39,255 - mostly uncovered - spectators. Established in 1945, the ground, which has seen frequent changes, lacks the tradition which some of the other premier Test grounds boast of. Its floodlights are slung low, and were used for the first time last year in a Test featuring South Africa. A number of dull drawn games have been the feature of the Tests at Kanpur, thanks to lifeless pitches; this, in part, is the fault of the region's soil, for it does not encourage bounce and pace.

For long not too many fixtures were held here, until the local cricket association prepared a ground fit for international cricket. And if the eyes and lungs can adapt and overcome the thick smog that pervades the city, the pitch is a batsmen's paradise. Mohammad Azharuddin hit the last of his three consecutive hundreds during his sensational debut. In 1986-87, Sri Lanka and India produced 1096 runs and lost only 17 wickets. In the 90s, India and West Indies produced an average of 73 runs per wicket. More recently, Shahid Afridi blitzed a 45-ball century, playing through the line and swinging across and one could sense him almost closing his eyes as he smote the ball; it was that kind of pitch
End names Mill Pavilion End, Hostel End
Home team(s) Uttar Pradesh
Other sports Football
Curator Shivkumar


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Gymkhana Ground
Mumbai, India

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Also or formerly known as Esplanade Maidan; Azad Maidan
Established 1875
Capacity 15,000 (but has held up to 50,000)
Floodlights No
Home team(s) Mumbai

The Bombay Gymkhana was formed in 1875 exclusively for Europeans, and it remained that way well into the 20th century - even Ranji was refused admission. The only Indians allowed into the club were servants, although this rule had to be suspended for India's first home Test in 1933 to allow the players to use the facilities. It was created as an unashamedly private club and the pavilion is classically colonial, with no fixed seating anywhere else on the ground - marquees were erected to accomodate the vast crowds who turned up. By the time cricket returned to the city after the war, the Brabourne had taken over as the main cricket venue. The Gymkhana still continues to be home to a variety of sports
Martin Williamson.

Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium

Hyderabad, Deccan

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Also or formerly known as Fateh Maidan
Named after Lal Bahadur Shastri, Prime Minister of India (1964-1966)
Floodlights Yes
End names Pavilion End, Hill Fort End
Home team(s) Hyderabad

Formerly the Fateh Maidan, the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium hosted a Test match as far back as 1955-56 without ever becoming one of India's frontline venues. New Zealand were the opponents in all three Tests staged there - the last of which was a generation ago - and also had a part to play in one of the great World Cup matches, when David Houghton's magnificent 142 fell just short of lifting Zimbabwe to an epic victory in 1987. As a domestic venue, it played host to some of the titans of the Indian game, home turf for the likes of Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, ML Jaisimha, Mohammad Azharuddin and VVS Laxman. A slow and low batsman-friendly pitch was usually to the liking of slow bowlers as well, with another hometown hero, Arshad Ayub, nursing fond memories of India's only Test win there. As a one-day arena, it also witnessed a record-shattering 331-run partnership between Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid in 1999-2000, with New Zealand again at the receiving end. But with a new state-of-the-art venue having come up across town, the days of bat smacking ball in an international game may soon become a distant memory for this storied stadium. (Dileep Premachandran)


MA Chidambaram Stadium

Chepauk, Chennai, India

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Also or formerly known as Chepauk; Madras Cricket Club Ground
Named after The President of BCCI, and also the President of the TNCA
Capacity 50000
Floodlights Since the 1996 World Cup
End names Anna Pavilion End, V Pattabhiraman Gate End
Home team(s) Tamil Nadu

The spiritual home of cricket in the state since the start of the Presidency matches in 1916, the MA Chidambaram Stadium, noted for its sporting pitches. Better known as Chepauk, taken from the area of its existence, the first Test played here was in 1933-34 between Douglas Jardine's England and CK Nayudu's India. For long, Test matches at Chepauk were synonymous with the Pongal (Harvest) festival. There have been records galore at this venue. History was made with the first ever Ranji Trophy match played at the venue when AG Ram Singh, with 11 wickets, bowled Madras to victory over Mysore within a day. India recorded their first Test win at the ground in 1951-52 when they defeated England by an innings and eight runs. Sunil Gavaskar notched up his record breaking 30th Test hundred on this ground in 1983-84. The India-Australia encounter in 1986-87 ended in a tie - only the second in the game's long history. The next season, leg spinner Narendra Hirwani claimed the best match analysis by a player on Test debut, finishing with 16 for 136.
But more than the records, what stands out at Chepauk is the atmosphere and the crowd, reputed to be the most knowledgeable and appreciative in the country. This was proved when those present gave a standing ovation to Saeed Anwar after his record breaking 194 against India in the Independence Cup match in 1997 and again when Pakistan won the Test match in 1999. A truly overwhelmed Pakistani team even made a lap of honour in appreciation of the spectators' sporting behaviour.


Punjab Cricket Association Stadium

Mohali, Chandigarh, India

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Punjab Cricket Association, PCA Cricket Stadium, Sector - 63, SAS Nagar, Mohali - 160059 (Phone: 0172 - 2232300/1/2)

Established 1993
Floodlights Yes
End names Pavilion End, City End
Home team(s) Punjab
Curator Daljit Singh

What was a swamp with deep ravines in 1992 was turned into India's best stadium within a span of two years. The Punjab Cricket Association Stadium at Mohali, on the outskirts of Chandigarh, is a truly world-class venue with excellent practice facilities, spectator-friendly outlook and sufficient provisions for the media. The pitch at Mohali had the reputation of being the livliest in the country - India were even rolled over for 83 on the first morning against New Zealand in 1999 - but it changed complexion drastically over the next few years and turned into a dead pitch producing high-scoring draws. There have also been some cracking one-dayers played on this ground, the most thrilling being the World Cup semi-final in 1996 when Australia squeezed past West Indies in a nail-biting finish.
(Siddhartha Vaidyanathan)

Sardar Patel Stadium

Motera, Ahmedabad, India

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Gujarat Cricket Association, Sardar Patel Stadium, Near Sports Club of Gujarat Ltd, Navarangpura, Ahmedabad - 380014 (Phone: 079 - 26443787/26565391)

Also or formerly known as Gujarat Stadium
Established 1982
Capacity 48,000
Floodlights Yes
End names Adani Pavilion End, GMDC End
Home team(s) Gujarat
Curator Bagira Thakur

Built on the banks of the Sabarmati river on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, the Sardar Patel Stadium is an imposing structure which can accommodate about 48,000 spectators. The stadium was built on a 50-acre land donated by the state government, and took only nine months for its completion.

However, it is a far from welcome location for touring sides and was described by Scyld Berry in 2006 as "without doubt the most unpopular venue on the whole international cricket circuit. The stadium has been run down for years, the state of Gujarat is 'dry', the city is as polluted as they come, the river Sabarmati an open drain."

Also known as the Motera, after the place where it is located, the venue hosted its first Test in November 1983 and has been witness to some memorable Indian feats - Sunil Gavaskar got to his 10,000 Test runs here, against Pakistan in 1986-87, and seven years later, Kapil Dev nailed his 432nd victim to go past Richard Hadlee as Test cricket's leading wicket-taker. The pitch here used to aid bowlers - three of the first four Tests produced results - but of late the track has played slow and low, aiding neither the bowlers nor the strokeplayers. As a result, draws have become the norm.


Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground

Nagpur, India

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Vidarbha Cricket Association, Civil Lines, CM Pavilion, 1st floor, Nagpur - 440001

Capacity 40,000
Floodlights No
End names Jaika End, Church End
Home team(s) Vidarbha
Curator Kishore Pradhan

Nagpur, the winter capital of the state of Maharashtra, is a city famous for its oranges, and resident to the right-wing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. The tenth Test venue in the country, the Vidharbha Cricket Association-managed ground, probably the only international venue where you can walk straight into the ground from the road, has always made headlines for various reasons. Sunil Gavaskar got his only one-day, and World Cup, century here when India won by a huge margin against New Zealand in their final league encounter of the 1987 Reliance World Cup. This is the second best ground for Sachin Tendulkar when it comes to centuries - he has three here after four in Chepauk. It was a dark hour when in 1995, during the fifth game of the India-New Zealand ODI series, the brickwall at the East stand collapsed and nine people died.

As for the pitch, previously, it was just like any other docile pitch, till the BCCI-appointed pitch committee recommended the re-laying of the wicket in 1999. It took a while for the wicket to assume the true shape that it was designed to. Also the unique thing about this wicket is the 30-inch deep double-brick layer - normally there is a 15-inch brick layer - that facilitates in the extra pace and bounce. Surely, that was the a case when Australia conquered the `final frontier' as they beat India handsomely in the third Test to win the Border Gavaskar Trophy. The local critics were up-in-arms at how the curator ignored the home team's cause and prepared a fast wicket that helped the opposition fast bowlers. But the curator insisted that he had simply followed the instructions of the pitch panel. Today Nagpur is one of the only grounds to assist genuine fast bowlers in pace and movement and several first-class games in the 2004-05 season ended within three days as the medium-pacers reaped rich rewards.

Wankhede Stadium

Mumbai, India

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Mumbai Cricket Association, Wankhede Stadium, D Road, Churchgate, Mumbai - 400020 (Phone: 022 2281 1795/7876/9910)

Established 1974
Capacity 45,000
Floodlights Yes
End names Garware Pavilion End, Tata End
Home team(s) Mumbai
Curator Sudhir Naik

Mumbai, the cricket capital of India, has seen Test matches played at three different grounds. The Bombay Gymkhana ground hosted the first ever Test in India, in 1933-34 against England. After WW-II, the Cricket Club of India's Brabourne Stadium was used for 17 Tests. However, due to a dispute between the CCI and the Bombay Cricket Association, the BCA built the 45000-capacity Wankhede Stadium, less than a mile away from the Brabourne Stadium.

It staged its first Test in the 1974-75 season when the Windies toured India. Clive Lloyd scored an unbeaten 242 and in Pataudi's last hurrah, India lost by 201 runs. The Test also featured a crowd disturbance after a fan who rushed onto the ground to greet Lloyd was treated roughly by the police. India's first victory here was posted against the New Zealand two seasons later. The stadium has been witness to great innings like Gavaskar's 205 against the Windies and Kallicharan's 187 in the same game in the 1978-79 series and all round heroics like Ian Botham's century and thirteen wickets in the Jubilee Test in 1980. which England won by ten wickets. The highest score by an Indian at Wankhede remains Vinod Kambli's 224 against England in 1992-93 in only his third Test. Incidentally Ravi Shastri's six sixes in an over off Baroda's Tilak Raj en route to the fastest double-hundred in first-class cricket was on this ground in 1984-85.

The seaside situation of the Wankhede stadium means that the swing bowlers get a fair amount of assistance during the early part of each day. The pitch has traditionally been full of runs, but it does help the spinners during the last couple of days, and in the last Test played on the ground, against Australia in 2005, the ball spun viciously from early on and this, coupled with low bounce, helped India win in under three days even though almost a whole day was lost to rain. The Wankhede stadium has stands named after famous Mumbai cricketers like Vijay Merchant, Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar.



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