Wankhede Stadium is an international cricket stadium in Mumbai, India. It is the home ground of the Mumbai cricket team and the IPL Mumbai Indians franchise.
This stadium is situated near Marine Drive-Arabian Sea in the Churchgate area of South Mumbai in Maharashtra.
BCCI, IPL and the headquarters of the Mumbai Cricket Association, the Cricket center is situated on the premises of this stadium.
The stadium now has a capacity of 33,108, following renovations for the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Before the upgrade, the capacity was approximately 45,000. By playing field area, it is one of the smallest cricket grounds in the world.
Many old cricket clubs are situated near Wankhede such as Hindu Gymkhana, Parsi Gymkhana and Cricket Club of India with their respective historic grounds.
The stadium has hosted numerous high-profile cricket matches in the past, most notably the 2011 Cricket World Cup final, in which India defeated Sri Lanka to become the first country to win the world cup. cricket in his homeland. The stadium hosted the last match of Sachin Tendulkar’s international career. Furthermore, it hosted many matches during the 1996 and 2011 Cricket World Cups. The stadium also hosted the match where Ravi Shastri scored six sixes off a Tilak Raj over.
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Wankhede Stadium History
Mumbai has seen test matches played on three different grounds. The Mumbai Gymkhana ground hosted the first test in India, in 1933-1934 against England. After World War II, Cricket Club of India Ltd’s Brabourne Stadium, the city’s second ground, was used for 17 Tests. The Wankhede Stadium was built after disputes between the Cricket Club of India, the owner of the Brabourne Stadium, and the Bombay Cricket Association (now the Mumbai Cricket Association) over the allocation of tickets for cricket matches. This was compounded after the Test between India and England in 1973. At the initiative of SK Wankhede, a politician and secretary of the Mumbai Cricket Association, BCA built the new stadium in South Bombay (now South Mumbai) near Churchgate station. . It was built in approx. 13 months old and opened in time for the final test between India and the West Indies in 1975. Wankhede Stadium has since replaced Brabourne Stadium as the city’s main cricket venue. It was named after Wankhede in 1974.
Wankhede Stadium hosted its first test in the 1974–75 season when the West Indies toured India. Clive Lloyd scored an unbeaten 242 and in Pataudi’s last hurrah, India lost by 201 runs. The test also saw a crowd riot after a fan who rushed to the ground to greet Lloyd was treated roughly by police. India’s first win here was recorded against New Zealand two seasons later. The stadium has witnessed great innings such as Sunil Gavaskar’s 205 against the West Indies and Alvin Kallicharan’s 187 in the same game in the 1978–79 series and full-fledged heroics such as Ian Botham’s century and thirteen wickets in the Test. of the Jubilee in 1979. 80, which England won by ten wickets. The highest score by an Indian at Wankhede Stadium is Virat Kohli’s 235 against England in 2016-17. Incidentally, Ravi Shastri’s six sixes in an over Tilak Raj of Baroda in the Ranji Trophy, en route to the fastest two hundred in first-class cricket, were recorded at this ground in 1984-1985. His unbeaten 200 in 113 minutes from 123 balls with 13 fours and 13 sixes at this ground is the fastest double century in first-class cricket since the 2017-18 season when Shafiqullah Shafaq scored a double century in 89 balls.
Wankhede Stadium has a seating capacity of 33,108.
Wankhede Stadium Seating Plan
- The highest Test match score is 759/7 by England against India in 2016.
- The highest individual score in a Test match is 248* by Sachin Tendulkar of India against Bangladesh in 2004.
- The highest partnership in a Test match is 365 runs by Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar of India against South Africa in 2008.
- The highest score in a One Day International match is 348/0 by Sri Lanka against Kenya in 1996.
- The highest individual score in a One Day International match is 186* by Sachin Tendulkar of India against New Zealand in 1999.
- The highest partnership in a One Day International match is 331 runs by Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid of India against New Zealand in 1999.
Wankhede Stadium pitch report
Pitch Report – IND vs SL, 1st T20I
The average first-inning total at this venue is 194. It drops to 182 by the second inning. The deck at Wankhede Stadium is generally excellent for hitting, and you get adequate value for the shots you play. In the first T20I, that will continue to be the case. The bowling can sometimes slow down as the game progresses, but generally, it is good for batting, and bowlers must rely on many variations to stop the flow of run.
The parking area can accommodate a large number of vehicles, including cars and buses. The MCA also provides for an efficient traffic management system to ensure that there is minimum congestion and hassle for the visitors. Visitors are also guided by security personnel and volunteers to park their vehicles in the designated areas.