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 Wankhede stadium has taken over from Brabourne Stadium
as the main cricketing venue in the city. The stadium has a capacity of
45,000 and is always in contention to host an international match in
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 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).
It is being renovated to host the 2011 Icc Cricket World Cup Finals and many more matches.
Ground facts and figures
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
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
1996 Cricket World Cup
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. The final will be a day/nighter.
Expansion and renovation
Wankhede Stadium is currently undergoing a reconstruction project in preparation for the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
The stadium is going to have new seats, hard pitch, lighting, toilets,
and various other amenities. Also, the drainage will be improved, the
main entrance will be widened, and capacity will be increased by
demolishing and rebuilding the North and South stands and refurbishing
the East and West stands. The reconstruction started in 2008 and is expected to be completed in October 2010.
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