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Punjab Cricket Association Stadium

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Chandigarh, India

Punjab Cricket Association, PCA Cricket Stadium, Sector - 63, SAS Nagar, Mohali - 160059 

Established 1993

Floodlights Yes

End names Pavilion End, City End

Home team Punjab

Curator Daljit Singh

Punjab Cricket Association Stadium

What was a swamp with deep ravines in 1992 was turned into India's best stadium within a span of two years. The Punjab Cricket Association Stadium at Mohali, on the outskirts of Chandigarh, is a truly world-class venue with excellent practice facilities, spectator-friendly outlook and sufficient provisions for the media. The pitch at Mohali had the reputation of being the livliest in the country - India were even rolled over for 83 on the first morning against New Zealand in 1999 - but it changed complexion drastically over the next few years and turned into a dead pitch producing high-scoring draws. There have also been some cracking one-dayers played on this ground, the most thrilling being the World Cup semi-final in 1996 when Australia squeezed past West Indies in a nail-biting finish.

Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium

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Hyderabad, Deccan

Also or formerly known as Visaka International Cricket Stadium Ground

Established 2004

Named after Rajiv Gandhi

Floodlights Six towers, completed April 7, 2008

End names Pavilion End, North End

Home team Hyderabad (India)

Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium

The need for a big ground and an exclusive cricket facility necessitated the building of a cricket ground in Uppal, an eastern suburb of Hyderabad. Moreover the earlier venue - the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium - was owned by the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh, giving the Hyderabad Cricket Association limited control over the ground. Stretched over 16 acres of land, the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium did away Hyderabad's reputation of being a high-scoring venue. The ground has had its share of controversy. The first came with the name, which the state government changed to honour a former Indian prime minister. The HCA had to pay out the contractors - Visaka Industries - after whom the stadium was originally named. Then, ten days before what would have been its first first-class match - between the Australians and Mumbai - the ground was deemed unfit to host a big match. But the stadium is now ready, a state-of-the-art facility, complete with floodlights installed in April 2008 in time for hosting the Deccan Chargers in the Indian Premier League.

Sardar Patel Stadium

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Ahmedabad, India

Sardar Patel (Gujarat) Stadium Motera Ahmedabad

Also or formerly known as Gujarat Stadium

Established 1982

Capacity 54,000

Floodlights Yes

End names Adani Pavilion End, GMDC End

Home teams Gujarat, Rajasthan Royals

Curator Bagira Thakur

Sardar Patel Stadium


Built on the banks of the Sabarmati river on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, the Sardar Patel Stadium is an imposing structure which can accommodate about 54,000 spectators. The stadium was built on a 50-acre land donated by the state government, and took only nine months for its completion. It was renovated ahead of the Champions Trophy in 2006, when three new pitches and a new outfield were laid, and state of the art floodlights and covered stands were added.

Also known as the Motera, after the place where it is located, the venue hosted its first Test in November 1983 and has been witness to some memorable Indian feats - Sunil Gavaskar got to his 10,000 Test runs here, against Pakistan in 1986-87, and seven years later, Kapil Dev nailed his 432nd victim to go past Richard Hadlee as Test cricket's leading wicket-taker. The pitch here used to aid bowlers - three of the first four Tests produced results - but the track started playing slow and low, aiding neither the bowlers nor the strokeplayers. As a result, draws became the norm for a while, till the South Africans rolled India over for 76 in the first morning of the 2008 Test and finished the game in three days.

Sawai Mansingh Stadium

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Jaipur, India

Floodlights Yes

Home team Rajasthan

Sawai Mansingh Stadium

The Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur has hosted a solitary Test match, in February 1987, when Pakistan President Gen Zia-ul-Haq hopped across the border to watch the second day's play as part of his "Cricket for Peace" initiative. The game sputtered to a draw after the third day's play was abandoned following heavy rain and a controversy over the alleged deposition of sawdust on the wicket which Pakistan objected to. Jaipur had made its international debut with an india-Pakistan ODI in 1983-84 and it also hosted World Cup matches in 1987 and 1996. But it seemed destined to be a one-Test wonder and a cricketing backwater until Lalith Modi took charge of the Rajasthan Cricket Association. There followed a major renovation programme which transformed a dull concrete bowl and also led to the establishment of an academy next to the ground. It was not coincidence that, with Modi at the helm, the ground hosted a number of matches in the 2006-07 Champions Trophy.

Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground

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Nagpur, India

Vidarbha Cricket Association, Civil Lines, CM Pavilion, 1st floor, Nagpur - 440001

Capacity 40,000

Floodlights No

End names Jaika End, Church End

Home team Vidarbha

Curator Kishore Pradhan

Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground


Nagpur, the winter capital of the state of Maharashtra, is a city famous for its oranges, and resident to the right-wing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. The tenth Test venue in the country, the Vidharbha Cricket Association-managed ground, probably the only international venue where you can walk straight into the ground from the road, has always made headlines for various reasons. Sunil Gavaskar got his only one-day, and World Cup, century here when India won by a huge margin against New Zealand in their final league encounter of the 1987 Reliance World Cup. This is the second best ground for Sachin Tendulkar when it comes to centuries - he has three here after four in Chepauk. It was a dark hour when in 1995, during the fifth game of the India-New Zealand ODI series, the brickwall at the East stand collapsed and nine people died.

As for the pitch, previously, it was just like any other docile pitch, till the BCCI-appointed pitch committee recommended the re-laying of the wicket in 1999. It took a while for the wicket to assume the true shape that it was designed to. Also the unique thing about this wicket is the 30-inch deep double-brick layer - normally there is a 15-inch brick layer - that facilitates in the extra pace and bounce. Surely, that was the a case when Australia conquered the `final frontier' as they beat India handsomely in the third Test to win the Border Gavaskar Trophy. The local critics were up-in-arms at how the curator ignored the home team's cause and prepared a fast wicket that helped the opposition fast bowlers. But the curator insisted that he had simply followed the instructions of the pitch panel. Today Nagpur is one of the only grounds to assist genuine fast bowlers in pace and movement and several first-class games in the 2004-05 season ended within three days as the medium-pacers reaped rich rewards.

Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium

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Nagpur, India

Capacity 45,000

End names Secretary End, Pavilon End

Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium

The Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur is one of the most significant places of interest in the Nagpur city in Maharashtra. The Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground of Nagpur was established in the year 1975. The maximum capacity of the sitting space of the stadium is 40,000.


The very first test match of cricket was held at this venue of the state of Maharashtra. This historical cricket match took place on the 3rd of the month of October in the year 1969. This test match was organized between the two leading cricket teams of India and New Zealand.


Other than being the venue for the first cricket test match, the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground at Nagpur bears testimony of quite a few major events in the history of cricket. This stadium of Maharashtra reminds one of the outstanding cricketing skills exhibited by another very popular Indian batsman, Sunil Gavaskar. He scored a century in the 1987 Reliance World Cup.


The Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground in Nagpur has a long association with the milestones in the cricketing career of the legendary cricketer of the Indian team, Sachin Tendulkar. This cricket ground has witnessed as many as three centuries scored by this veteran Indian cricketer in test matches.


It is this stadium of Nagpur that marks the return of Sachin Tendulkar to cricket after a major surgery on his elbow. This cricket match is all the more significant, as Tendulkar scored a massive score of 93 runs in it.The Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur has become very well known in the city because of its historical importance.

Wankhede Stadium

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Mumbai, India

Mumbai Cricket Association, Wankhede Stadium, D Road, Churchgate, Mumbai - 400020

Established 1974

Capacity 45,000

Floodlights Yes

End names Garware Pavilion End, Tata End

Home team Mumbai

Curator Sudhir Naik

Wankhede Stadium

Mumbai, the cricket capital of India, has seen Test matches played at three different grounds. The Bombay Gymkhana ground hosted the first ever Test in India, in 1933-34 against England. After WW-II, the Cricket Club of India's Brabourne Stadium was used for 17 Tests. However, due to a dispute between the CCI and the Bombay Cricket Association, the BCA built the 45000-capacity Wankhede Stadium, less than a mile away from the Brabourne Stadium.

It staged its first Test in the 1974-75 season when the Windies toured India. Clive Lloyd scored an unbeaten 242 and in Pataudi's last hurrah, India lost by 201 runs. The Test also featured a crowd disturbance after a fan who rushed onto the ground to greet Lloyd was treated roughly by the police. India's first victory here was posted against the New Zealand two seasons later. The stadium has been witness to great innings like Gavaskar's 205 against the Windies and Kallicharan'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 seaside situation of the Wankhede stadium means that the swing bowlers get a fair amount of assistance during the early part of each day. The pitch has traditionally been full of runs, but it does help the spinners during the last couple of days, and in the last Test played on the ground, against Australia in 2005, the ball spun viciously from early on and this, coupled with low bounce, helped India win in under three days even though almost a whole day was lost to rain. The Wankhede stadium has stands named after famous Mumbai cricketers like Vijay Merchant, Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar.

Brabourne Stadium

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Mumbai, India

Established 1937

Named after Lord Brabourne, Governor of Bombay

Capacity 20,000

Floodlights Yes

End names Pavilion End, Church Gate End

Home team Mumbai

Brabourne Stadium


The Brabourne Stadium was built on a piece of land reclaimed from the sea which Lord Brabourne, Governor of Bombay, presented to the Cricket Club of India after being tempted with an offer of immortality in the bargain. It was officially opened on December 7 1937 following with a match between the CCI and Lord Tennyson's team. The idea that the ground would be the Lord's of India (the Cricket Club of India was regarded as the county's MCC) was the brainchild of a Goan, Neville de Mello. It was as exclusive as its English counterpart and every bit as luxurious - Frank Worrell once remarked that it was the only place in the world where he could watch cricket in his dressing-gown and remove it when it was his turn to bat. It was also a multi-sport complex which hosted international tennis.

But the ground had its problems, mostly notably with the crowds who were often crammed in beyond capacity, and that, allied to constant disputes over ticketing arrangements, led to the Bombay Cricket Association building its own stadium half a mile away.

The Brabourne these days has an air of faded splendor, and although it has hosted the occasional first-class match (Sachin Tendulkar made the first double century of his first-class career during Mumbai's win over Australia in 1997-98). International cricket returned to the venue after a 11-year hiatus, when it hosted five 2006 Champions Trophy games. It was later named a Test venue for England's tour of India in 2008, marking a revival after 35 years.

The Brabourne Stadium has a rich and fascinating history. After it was built,the Pentangular shifted here from the Bombay Gymkhana in 1937-38 and it was here that Vijay Merchant - Vijay Hazare rivalry was played out with no quarter asked and none given. In the 1943-44 final between Rest and Hindus, Hazare parried Merchant's record 250 with an astonishing 309 out of 387, despite which Rest lost by an innings. Hazare also hit centuries in all his four Tests at Brabourne. Merchant never played a Test here but made over 35% of his career first-class runs on this wicket, including an unbeaten 359 v Maharashtra. Eleven of the 17 Tests here were drawn but there were some tense finishes - in 1948-49 against the West Indies, umpire Joshi removed the bails with 90 seconds left on the clock and India six short of a maiden Test win.

Captain Roop Singh Stadium

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Gwalior, India

Floodlights Yes, since 1996

End names Railway End, Pavilion End

Home teams India, Madhya Pradesh

Curator Ajay Sahasrabuddhe

Captain Roop Singh Stadium

Gwalior is situated in the northern region of Madhya Pradesh, formerly India's largest state, in central India. The Captain Roop Singh Stadium, named after a Olympic hockey gold medalist, was originally a hockey stadium before it was converted into a cricket venue in the 1980s. The stadium's first one-day international was held in 1988, when West Indies beat India by 73 runs, a match in which Narendra Hirwani made his one-day debut. Floodlights were installed in preparation for the 1996 World Cup fixture, also between India and West Indies. The stadium was also the venue for the first and only day-night Ranji Trophy final in 1996. The match was played between Mumbai and Delhi over five days and Mumbai won on the basis of a first-innings lead. The pitch at the Captain Roop Singh Stadium has traditionally favoured the batsmen. In eight of the 10 ODIs, the team batting first has scored over 250 although the ground is yet to have its first 300-plus total.

Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium

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Dharamsala, India

End names River End, College End

Home team Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium

Stunning. Breathtaking. Awesome. The adjectives roll out as one enters the most beautiful ground in India. The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association [HPCA] Stadium in Dharamsala, with a capacity of 23,000, is as picturesque as the Adelaide Oval and Newlands, if not more. A small and glittering green plate, the ground has a snow-capped background in the form of the Dauladhar hill-range. The mountains add to the serenity of the venue, which lies at an altitude of 1317 metres above sea level. Another impressive feature is its openness and small-sized stands, which allow for winds to sweep across, giving fast bowlers assistance in the air. The venue is the first in India to use winter rye grass scattered around the outfield, which prevents the grass from dying when temperatures fall below 10 degrees.

Getting to Dharamsala, however, is difficult. The terrain is hilly and the nearest airport is in Chandigarh, 250 kilometres away by road. The harsh winters, during which it rains and snows, are also deterrents to organizing international matches here. The only international to date is the tour game between the Indian Board President's XI and Pakistan in 2005. But with the expansion of the IPL in 2010, Dharamsala has the potential to become one of the most popular venues.