Cricket Grounds in India > Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
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- Location: Mumbai ( Mumbai is the capital of Maharastra, a state in Western India. The city is located by the Arabian Sea.)
- Established: 1974
- Stadium Capacity: 45,000
- Owner: Mumbai Cricket Association
- Name of the Ends: Garware Pavilion End, Tata End
- First Test: India vs West Indies, 23-29 January 1975
- First ODI: India vs Sri Lanka, 17 January 1987
- First T20I: yet to host one
- Curator: Sudhir Naik
Brief History of the Wankhede Stadium
Mumbai is in all likelihood the city with the largest population of cricket fans in the world. Before the Wankhede Stadium was built, the city already had two Test Centres.
Brabourne Stadium, which was the preferred ground for test matches in Mumbai is owned by the Cricket Club of India (CCI). A dispute between the CCI and the Bombay (now Mumbai) Cricket Association led to the building of a new cricket ground in the city. Since then, the Wankhede Stadium has been the primary Test venue in Mumbai. The two grounds are less than a km away.
The new stadium was named after the President of the Association, Seshrao Wankhede.
While the ground has undergone many development and renovation work, it was given a completely different and new look when it was renovated for the 2011 ICC World Cup. The venue for the final of the World Cup was fitted with ultra-modern facilities, and is today one of the best cricket grounds in the world.
Wankhede Stadium: Pictures
Major Records and Events at the Wankhede Stadium
- ICC World Cup 2011 Final: For any cricket ground, it is the ultimate honour to be chosen as the venue for the final of the World Cup. The Wankhede Stadium now joined the elite list of a select few cricket grounds across the world – Lord’s, Eden Gardens, MCG, Gaddafi Stadium, the Wanderers and the Kennsington Oval.
- Reliance World Cup 1987 Semi-Final: The ground hosted the semi-final between India and England on 5 November 1987.
- Ravi Shastri scored six sixes in an over from Baroda’s Tilak Raj in a Ranji Trophy match in 1985.