Feroz Shah Kotla

2010-10-13 21:32
Feroz Shah Kotla, in Delhi, India.

Feroz Shah Kotla, in Delhi, India

Also or formerly known as Willingdon Pavilion

Established: 1883

End names: Stadium End, Pavilion End

Home team: Delhi Daredevils

The Feroz Shah Kotla was established as a cricket ground in 1883. The first test match at this venue was played on November 10, 1948 when India took on the West Indies.

In 1952, playing against Pakistan, Hemu Adhikari and Ghulam Ahmed were involved in a record tenth wicket stand of 109 runs - a record that still stands. In 1965, S Venkataraghavan, in his debut series, demolished the New Zealand line up with figures of 8 for 72 and 4 for 80. In 1969-70, Bishen Singh Bedi and Erapalli Prasanna combined to spin India to a famous seven wicket win over Australia, the duo picking 18 wickets between themselves.

England's John Lever had a memorable debut at the Kotla in 1976, when he notched up a half-century and had match figures of 10 for 70. Five years later, Geoff Boycott surpassed Gary Sobers' world record Test aggregate. In 1983-84, Sunil Gavaskar scored his 29th century to equal Don Bradman's long standing record for the highest number of hundreds in Test cricket. Anil Kumble took 10 wickets in an innings on this ground in 1999, only the second time this feat has been achieved in test cricket. In 2005-06, at the same ground, Sachin Tendulkar broke Gavaskar's record of most centuries with his 35th Test century.

On 27th December 2009, an ODI match between India and Sri Lanka was called off because pitch conditions were classed as unfit to host a match. Based on match referee's report of the match, Kotla, which is scheduled to stage four World Cup matches in 2011, faced strict sanction ranging from a fine to a ban of 12 to 24 months. More than 14 months ban would have meant Kotla's exclusion from 2011 Cricket World Cup. But the ICC decided to ban Kotla for only 12 months, and as a result of that Kotla continues to be one of the venues for 2011 Cricket World Cup.

Ground statistics

Most Successful Team: India - 10 wins.
Highest Innings Score: 644/8 by West Indies on February 6, 1959 - India drew with West Indies.
Lowest Innings Score: 75 all out by West Indies on November 25, 1987 - India beat West Indies by 5 wickets.
Wins Batting First: 5.
Wins Batting Last: 12.
Average Innings Score: 288
Most Prolific Batsman: Dilip Vengsarkar (671 runs).
Highest Individual Score: 230* by Bert Sutcliffe v India on December 16, 1955 - India drew with New Zealand.
Most Successful Bowler: Anil Kumble (58 wickets)


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