Wankhede Stadium IPL Records, History, Pitch Report, T20 Records
Wankhede stadium is an international cricket stadium. Mumbai is the cricket capital of India. It has seen test matches played on three different grounds. The Bombay Gymkhana ground hosted the first ever Test in India, in 1933-34 against England.
After WW-II the cricket world cup of India’s Brabourne Stadium was used for 17 tests. However, due to a dispute between the ICC and Bombay Cricket Association the BCA built the 45,000 capacity The Wankhede stadium, less than a mile away from the Brabourne Stadium.
Relatively younger than old-world grounds like Cheapuk, Eden Gardens, and Feroz Shah Kotla, the Wankhede Stadium has its own fair share of unforgettable memories attached to it. It has been home to some of the greatest cricketers to have played for the country.
The stadium has seven different stands – Sunil Gavaskar stand, North stand, Vijay Merchant stand, Sachin Tendulkar Stand, MCA Pavilion, Divecha Pavilion, and Garware Pavilion.
In 1996, Wankhede Stadium underwent an upgrade during which floodlights were installed to provide excellent lighting to host the day and night cricket matches. It received its second upgrade in 2010-11 before the world cup. During the upgrade, the ground was unavailable for domestic and international cricket until February 2011.
One of the highlights of the stadium is the suspended cantilever roofs. No beam supports on the roofs ensure the better view for the spectators. The stadium has 20 elevators for north and south stands. After its renovation and installation of buckets seat the capacity of the Wankhede stadium was reduced to around 33,000.
How Does The Pitch Play?
The wicket at Wankhede offers help for the pacers as well as for the spinners. Close proximity to the Arabian sea helps the swing bowlers considerably, especially during early hours of the day. However, spinners have been known to benefit during the last couple of days of a Test match as the pitch turns into a vicious turner.
|Matches Won Batting First||11|
|Matches Won Bowling First||10|
|Average 1st Innings Scores||247|
|Average 2nd Innings Scores||211|
|Highest Total Recorded||438/4 (50) by RSA VS IND|
|Lowest Total Recorded||115/10 (36.3) by BAN VS IND|
|Highest Score Chased||284/4 (49) by NZ VS IND|
|Lowest Score Defended||192/9 (50) by WI VS NZ|
|Matches Won Batting First||10|
|Matches Won Bowling First||8|
|Average 1st Innings Scores||339|
|Average 2nd Innings Scores||345|
|Average 3rd Innings Scores||201|
|Average 4th Innings Scores||129|
|Highest Total Recorded||631/10 (182.3) by IND VS ENG|
|Lowest Total Recorded||93/10 (30.5) by AUS VS IND|
|Matches Won Batting First||1|
|Matches Won Bowling First||5|
|Average 1st Innings Scores||187|
|Average 2nd Innings Scores||183|
|Highest Total Recorded||230/8 (19.4) by ENG VS RSA|
|Lowest Total Recorded||172/10 (20) AFG VS RSA|
|Highest Score Chased||230/8 (19.4) by ENG VS RSA|
|Lowest Score Defended||209/5 (20) by RSA VS AFG|
Interesting Facts You Should Know About Wankhede Stadium?
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.
Bangladesh scored the lowest ODI total at the stadium. They were 115 all out when it competed with India in the 1998 season.