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Feroz Shah Kotla
India India
Ground information
Location Delhi
Establishment 1883
Seating capacity 48,000
Owner Delhi District Cricket Association
Operator Delhi District Cricket Association
Tenants Delhi, Delhi Daredevils
End names Stadium End
Pavilion End
International information
First Test 10 Nov - 14 Nov 1948: India v West Indies
Last Test 29 Oct - 2 Nov 2008: India v Australia
First ODI 15 Sep 1982: India v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 27 December 2009: India v Sri Lanka
As of 27 December 2009
Source: Feroz Shah Kotla, Cricinfo

The Feroz Shah Kotla (Hindi: फ़िरोज़ शाह कोटला, Punjabi: ਫ਼ਿਰੋਜ਼ ਸ਼ਾਹ ਕੋਟਲਾ, Urdu: فروز شاہ کوٹلا) or Kotla (Hindi: कोटला, Punjabi: ਕੋਟਲਾ, Urdu: کوٹلا) was originally a fortress built by Sultan Ferozshah Tughlaq to house his version of Delhi city called Ferozabad. A pristine polished sandstone pillar from the 3rd century B.C. rises from the palace's crumbling remains, one of many pillars left by the Mauryan emperor Ashoka; it was moved from Punjab and re-erected in its current location in 1356.

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. Anil Kumble took 10 wickets in an inning on this ground in 1999, only the second time this feat has been achieved in test cricket. It is owned and operated by the DDCA (Delhi District Cricket Association). Since 2008 the stadium has been the home venue of the Delhi DareDevils of the Indian Premier League.[1]

On 27th December 2009, an ODI match between India and Sri Lanka called off because pitch conditions were classed as unfit to host a match. The ICC is currently conducting an investigation, and a possible sanction could include the Feroz Shah Kotla being rejected as a venue for the 2011 Cricket World Cup.[2]



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 India on November 25, 1987 - West Indies beat India 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).


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.[3]

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. In 2005-06, at the same ground, Sachin Tendulkar broke Gavaskar's record of most centuries with his 35th Test century.[4]

Cricket World Cup

This stadium has hosted One Day International (ODI) match when india hosted the Cricket World Cup and they are

i. 1987 Cricket World Cup

ii. 1996 Cricket World Cup

iii. 2011 Cricket World Cup

i. 1987 Cricket World Cup

1. October 22, 1987 : India v/s Australia

  Ind: 289/6 (50 overs): Dilip Vengsarkar 63 (60), Craig McDermott 3/61 (10 overs)
  Aus: 233 (49 overs): David Boon 62 (59), Mohammad Azharuddin 3/19 (3.5 overs) 
  Result: India won by 56 runs
  Umpires: Khalid Aziz and David Shepherd
  Man of the Match: Mohammad Azharuddin 

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Coordinates: 28°38′16.2″N 77°14′35.3″E / 28.637833°N 77.243139°E / 28.637833; 77.243139



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