Wankhede Stadium

2010-10-13 21:39
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.

Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, India

Established: 1974

Capacity: 45,000

Floodlights: Yes

End names:
Garware Pavilion End, Tata End

Home team: Mumbai Indians

This ground was built after disputes between the Cricket Club of India which owns the Brabourne Stadium, and the Mumbai Cricket Association over the allocation of tickets for cricket matches. This became severe after the Test between India and England in 1973. At the initiative of S. K. Wankhede, a politician and the secretary of the Mumbai Cricket Association, MCA built the new stadium in South Mumbai near the Churchgate station. It was built in six months and opened in time for the final Test between India and the West Indies in 1975. Since then the Wankhade stadium has taken over from Brabourne Stadium  as the main cricketing venue in the city.

The stadium has been witness to great innings like Gavaskar's 205 against the Windies and Kallicharran'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 cricket pitch is known to offer assistance to bowlers and is largely a spinner and pace friendly track. It offers spin and bounce to spin bowlers and swing to fast bowlers during the early part of each day due to the ground being close to sea. In 1995 the stadium was upgraded and lights were added to host day and night games. Later, in 1996 it hosted an India-Australia match in the 1996 Cricket World Cup.

Ground statistics
# The highest Test total at the Wankhede Stadium is 604/6 dec by the West Indies against India in the 1974/75 season.
# The lowest Test total at the Wankhede Stadium Stadium is 93 by Australia against India in the 2004/05 season.
# The highest partnership at the Wankhede Stadium is 298 by DB Vengsarkar and RJ Shastri for India against Australia in the 1986/87 season.
# The highest ODI total at the Wankhede Stadium is 299/4 by India against Sri Lanka in the 1986/1987 season.
# The lowest ODI total at the Wankhede Stadium is 115 all out by Bangladesh against India in the 1998 season.


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