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Wankhede Stadium
India India
Ground information
Location Mumbai
Establishment 1974
Seating capacity 45,000
Owner Mumbai Cricket Association
Architect Shashi Prabhu and Associates
Contractor B.E. Billimoria and Company
Operator Mumbai Cricket Association
Tenants Mumbai, Mumbai Indians
End names Garware Pavilion End
Tata End1
International information
First Test 23 Jan - 29 Jan 1975: India v West Indies
Last Test 18 March - 22 March 2006: India v England
First ODI 17 Jan 1987: India v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 17 Oct 2007: India v Australia
As of 15 February 2009
Source: Wankhede Stadium, Cricinfo

The Wankhede Stadium(Marathi:सेशराव कृष्णराव वानखेडे मैदान) is a cricket stadium in the Indian city of Mumbai. This ground was built after disputes between the Cricket Club of India which owns the Brabourne Stadium, and the Mumbai Cricket Association over the allocation of tickets for cricket matches. This became severe after the Test between India and England in 1973. At the initiative of S. K. Wankhede, a politician and the secretary of the Mumbai Cricket Association, MCA built the new stadium in South Mumbai near the Churchgate station. It was built in six months and opened in time for the final Test between India and the West Indies in 1975. Since then the Wankhade stadium has taken over from Brabourne Stadium as the main cricketing venue in the city. The stadium has a capacity of 40,000 and is always in contention to host an international match in India.


About the Venue

The stadium has been witness to great innings like Gavaskar's 205 against the Windies and Kallicharran's 187 in the same game in the 1978-79 series and all round heroics like Ian Botham's century and thirteen wickets in the Jubilee Test in 1980. which England won by ten wickets. The highest score by an Indian at Wankhede remains Vinod Kambli's 224 against England in 1992-93 in only his third Test. Incidentally 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.

The cricket pitch is known to offer assistance to bowlers and is largely a spinner and pace friendly track. It offers spin and bounce to spin bowlers and swing to fast bowlers during the early part of each day due to the ground being close to sea.On days four and five of a test the pitch does tend to break up a fair bit which in turn offers great assistance to spinners. In 1995 the stadium was upgraded and lights were added to host day and night games. Later, in 1996 it hosted an India-Australia match in the 1996 Cricket World Cup.

The most recent Test match played was India versus England between March 18 and 22, 2006 in which England won by 212 runs to tie the series 1-1; an interesting fact with this is that only five sides have ever batted last at Wankhede in an international match and won; South Africa was the last side to achieve this feat, and was chasing 163 to win, unlike the last Test where India was set a ground-record of 313 on the final day to win.

International superstar Shakira held a concert on March 25, 2007 as part of her Oral Fixation Tour.

The stadium will undergo a major renovation beginning in 2008 in preparation for hosting the 2011 Cricket World Cup final. Drainage will be improved, the main entrance will be widened, and capacity will be increased by demolishing and rebuilding the North and West stands.[1] The final will be a day/nighter.

The main gates to the ground are named after Polly Umrigar and Vinoo Mankad. The stands are named after famous Mumbai cricketers like Vijay Merchant (West stand), Sunil Gavaskar (East stand upper) and Sachin Tendulkar (North stand).

Ground facts and figures

  • Capacity: 45,000
  • Seating: Apart from the Pavilions and the VIP boxes, the rest of the stadium has appalling seating facilities
  • Floodlights: Yes
  • End names: Garware Pavilion End, Tata End
  • Curator: Sudhir Naik.
  • The highest Test total at the Wankhede Stadium is 604/6 dec by the West Indies against India in the 1974/75 season.
  • The lowest Test total at the Wankhede Stadium Stadium is 93 by Australia against India in the 2004/05 season.
  • The highest partnership at the Wankhede Stadium is 298 by DB Vengsarkar and RJ Shastri for India against Australia in the 1986/87 season.
  • The highest ODI total at the Wankhede Stadium is 299/4 by India against Sri Lanka in the 1986/1987 season.
  • The lowest ODI total at the Wankhede Stadium is 115 all out by Bangladesh against India in the 1998 season.
  • Architect - Shashi Prabhu and Associates
  • Contractor - B.E. Billimoria and Company

Cricket World Cup

This stadium has hosted One Day International (ODI) matches every time that India has hosted the Cricket World Cup:

1987 Cricket World Cup

17 October, 1987

136/2 (27.5 overs)
v  Zimbabwe
135 (44.2 overs)
India won by 8 wickets
Umpires: Mahboob Shah and David Shepherd[
Man of the Match: Manoj Prabhakar
Dilip Vengsarkar 46*(37)
John Traicos 2/27 (8 overs)
Andrew Pycroft 61 (102)
Manoj Prabhakar 4/19 (8 overs)
5 November, 1987

219 (45.3 overs)
v  England
254/6 (50 overs)
England won by 35 runs
Umpires: Tony Crafter and Steve Woodward
Man of the Match: Graham Gooch
Mohammad Azharuddin 64 (74)
Eddie Hemmings 4/52 (9.3 overs)
Graham Gooch 115 (136)
Maninder Singh 3/54 (10 overs)

1996 Cricket World Cup

27 February, 1996

258 (50 overs)
v  India
242 (48 overs)
Australia won by 16 runs
Umpires: Steve Dunne and David Shepherd
Man of the Match: Mark Waugh
Mark Waugh 126 (135)
Venkatapathy Raju 2/48 (10 overs)
Sachin Tendulkar 90 (84)
Damien Fleming 5/36 (9 overs)

2011 Cricket World Cup

The Wankhede Stadium is scheduled to host a number of group games as well as the final of the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

Expansion and renovation

Wankhede Stadium is currently being renovated for the 2011 Cricket World Cup.The stadium is going to have new seats,hard pitch , lightings, toilets etc.Construction and Renovation started in 2008 and is expected to be completed by the end 2010

  • Construction started : 2008
  • Construction to be completed: October, 2010

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Coordinates: 18°56′20.1″N 72°49′32.6″E / 18.938917°N 72.825722°E / 18.938917; 72.825722

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