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Nehru Stadium, Stadium Road, Guwahati - 1.
Capacity 22,000 to 25,000
End names Pavilion End, Railway End
Home team Assam
Other sports Football (Santosh Trophy)
Established in 1962, the Nehru stadium hosted its first international match only in 1983 during the West Indies tour of India. Since then this premier venue in the north eastern part of the country has hosted only a few more ODI's. One of the main drawbacks at Guwahati is the heavy early morning fog and the light that fades early in the evenings - both of which shorten the day's play considerably. Of the nine ODI's played at the Nehru stadium, India has featured in six with a 3 - 3 win loss record.
After the 1983 game, the next match played at the venue was in 1986 between India and Sri Lanka. India won the low scoring match with Sunil Gavaskar getting an unbeaten 70. The next season saw West Indies defeating India, despite the slow pitch being tailor made for India. The venue has also witnessed some inspired individual performances. South African seamer Richard Snell took four for 12 to star in his team's 78-run victory over Sri Lanka in the Hero Cup match in 1993. In the Wills World Series game, a year later, Brian Lara (69) and Carl Hooper (111) thrashed the New Zealand attack to help West Indies pile up 302 runs. Then Dhanraj ran through the Kiwi line up with figures of 4 for 26 to complete a 135-run win for his team. Two years later Lance Klusener (88 off 99 balls) and Andrew Hudson (68 off 84 balls) helped South Africa complete an eight wicket win over Australia in the Titan Cup game in 1996. In 1999, Chris Cairns scored a typically belligerent 80 off 114 balls which played a leading role in New Zealand's victory over India.
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Dr DY Patil Sports Academy Navi Mumbai
Floodlights Four towers, completed April 2008
End names Media End, Pavilion End
Mumbai's third, and newest, full-fledged cricket stadium stands out for its design and its spectator-friendly seating arrangements. The capacity of 55,000 makes it the second-largest cricket ground in India after the Eden Gardens and, to make sure each spectator has a comfortable and clear viewing experience, the entire ground has bucket seats and cantilever roofs that eliminate the need for columns.
Owned by the DY Patil Sports Academy, the ground lies inside the DY Patil University campus in Nerul, about 50 kilometers east of Mumbai. The brainchild of Vijay Patil, the patron of the institution, the stadium cost Rs one billion (US$ 25 million) and was constructed by Hafeez Contractor, a leading Indian architect. The stadium is located at a considerable distance from the heart of the city but that is also an advantage, as space is no constraint - it even has a small practice ground with 12 wickets.
The pitch and outfield have been prepared with plenty of care as well - 200 tonnes of soil was flown in from South Africa to ensure a bouncy and true pitch. The outfield in the main ground is covered with sand-based grass, which not only prevents player injuries but also has the advantage of easy drainage. A drainage system below the main surface will help faster dispersal of water. The four floodlight towers are taller than normal, making sure that there is no glare in the batsman's eye during the evening games.
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Nehru Stadium Fatorda Goa
Also or formerly known as Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda
Named after Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
End names Church End, Swimming Pool End
Home team Goa
Other sports Multipurpose Stadium
Pitch type Grass and Turf
The Nehru Stadium in Margao is not a regular venue for ODIs. It first staged a game in 1989-90 but between then and it hosting a match against England in 2005-06, it only held six ODIs in all, on eof which was abandoned without a ball being bowled. India have made only three appearances on the ground and have never won. It is located in the holiday hotspot of Goa, a former Portuguese colony.
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End names Mahal River End, Pavilion End
Home teams India, Orissa
The Barabati Stadium in Cuttack hosted only the third one-day international in this country, in January 1982, when India put it across England by five wickets to lift the series 2-1. In the first Test match here five seasons later, the Sri Lankans were greeted with an underprepared wicket affording vastly unpredictable bounce. Dilip Vengsarkar, then at the most dizzying heights of his career, made his highest Test score of 166, his fourth century in eight Tests, when no other batsman on either side crossed 60. The Lankans were rolled over twice as India seized an innings and 67-run victory. Kapil Dev bagged his 300th Test victim, bowling Rumesh Ratnayake with a ball that failed to sit up.
The only other Test match here, against New Zealand in 1995-96, was badly affected by rain, affording less than 180 overs of playing time. Narendra Hirwani, on a comeback trail, took 6 for 59 in New Zealand's only innings, the best bowling figures here. India have won five out of seven ODI's at this venue which has also witnessed two games not involving them. Visiting sides have in the past sometimes expressed their qualms about having to travel from Bhubaneshwar, an hour's drive away, because of the lack of an airport and of quality accomodation in Cuttack.
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The Cricket Association of Bengal, DR BC Roy Club House, Eden Gardens, Kolkata - 700021
End names High Court End, Pavilion End
Home team Bengal
Curator Probir Mukherjee
Along with the MCG, the Eden Gardens remains cricket's answer to the Coliseum. It first hosted a Test back in the days of India's cricketing infancy, with Douglas Jardine's team easing to victory inside four days in 1934. Since then, it has become something of a place of pilgrimage for most international cricketers, a chance to strut their stuff in front of the most passionate and vocal crowd in the game. At times though, the fervour has spilled into excess, with riots disrupting matches against the West Indies (1966-67) and Australia (1969-70), and a shameful exhibition of boorishness causing the World Cup semi-final against Sri Lanka (1996) to be called off with the visitors on the threshold of victory.
There have been other, better, times too when the verve and energy of the crowd has made it a twelfth man of sorts and stirred India's finest to great feats, none more so than that hallowed day in March 2001 when VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid set the stage for the greatest come-from-behind victory of modern times, against an Australian team poised for an unprecedented 17th straight Test win. Despite packing in 90,000 on red-letter days, it hasn't been a lucky charm for India until recently, when the spin wiles of Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble inspired famous victories against Australia and Pakistan.
The ground underwent renovation ahead of the 2011 World Cup, during which it was slated to host four group-stage matches, including one between India and England on February 27. However, on January 27, the ICC announced the India v England game would be shifted out of Eden Gardens as they felt the ground would not be ready in time.
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Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA), Feroz Shah Kotla ground, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi - 110002
Also or formerly known as Willingdon Pavilion
End names Stadium End, Pavilion End
Home team Delhi
Established in 1883, the Feroz Shah Kotla - run by the politicised Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) - has witnessed a number of feats, most notably Anil Kumble's 10 in an innings against Pakistan.
The Kotla staged its first Test in the 1948-49 season when the mighty West Indies under John Goddard took on India for a five Test series and the ground has produced some really good performances. In the 1952 Test 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, Bedi and Prasanna combined to spin India to a famous seven wicket win over Australia, the duo picking 18 wickets between themselves.
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.
However, the Kotla's future as an international venue hangs in the balance when, in December 2009, an ODI between India and Sri Lanka was abandoned due to a dangerous pitch.
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UP Cricket Association, E/23, Ashram Building, PO HN Shastri Nagar, Kamla Nagar, Township,
Also or formerly known as Modi Stadium
End names Mill Pavilion End, Hostel End
Home team Uttar Pradesh
Other sports Football
Constructed in one of the most polluted cities in India, Kanpur's Green Park stadium, situated close to the river Ganges, accommodates 39,255 - mostly uncovered - spectators. Established in 1945, the ground, which has seen frequent changes, lacks the tradition which some of the other premier Test grounds boast of. Its floodlights are slung low, and were used for the first time last year in a Test featuring South Africa. A number of dull drawn games have been the feature of the Tests at Kanpur, thanks to lifeless pitches; this, in part, is the fault of the region's soil, for it does not encourage bounce and pace.
For long not too many fixtures were held here, until the local cricket association prepared a ground fit for international cricket. And if the eyes and lungs can adapt and overcome the thick smog that pervades the city, the pitch is a batsmen's paradise. Mohammad Azharuddin hit the last of his three consecutive hundreds during his sensational debut. In 1986-87, Sri Lanka and India produced 1096 runs and lost only 17 wickets. In the 90s, India and West Indies produced an average of 73 runs per wicket. More recently, Shahid Afridi blitzed a 45-ball century, playing through the line and swinging across and one could sense him almost closing his eyes as he smote the ball; it was that kind of pitch.
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M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Karnataka State Cricket Association, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Bangalore - 560001
Also or formerly known as Karnataka State Cricket Association Stadium
End names Pavilion End, BEML End
Home team Karnataka
Curator Narayan Raju
Originally named the Karnataka State Cricket Association Stadium, the ground was eventually renamed after M Chinnaswamy, who was the president of the Indian board from 1977 until 1980, and was involved in the administration of Karnataka cricket for close to four decades. The foundation for the construction of the stadium was laid in May 1969 and building began in 1970.
The stadium was given Test status in 1974-75 and hosted West Indies in the opening match, although the stadium was only half-built. That match was also the debut of two West Indian greats, Gordon Greenidge and Viv Richards. The stadium also played host to Sunil Gavaskar's swansong innings - a masterclass on a minefield - when India went down to Pakistan in the series decider in 1987.
The stadium was renovated before the two sides met each other again in another titanic encounter; the World Cup quarter-final in 1996, when floodlights were installed for the first time. Since then, Bangalore has proved to be a lucky venue for visiting teams with South Africa, Australia and Pakistan winning crucial games. South Africa's historic series win in 2000, Michael Clarke's sensational hundred on debut, Inzamam's century in his 100th Test and Anil Kumble's 400th Test wicket have been the highlights over the last decade.
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Also or formerly known as Chepauk; Madras Cricket Club Ground
Named after The President of BCCI, and also the President of the TNCA
Floodlights Since the 1996 World Cup
End names Anna Pavilion End, V Pattabhiraman Gate End
Home team Tamil Nadu
The spiritual home of cricket in the state since the start of the Presidency matches in 1916, the MA Chidambaram Stadium, noted for its sporting pitches. Better known as Chepauk, taken from the area of its existence, the first Test played here was in 1933-34 between Douglas Jardine's England and CK Nayudu's India. For long, Test matches at Chepauk were synonymous with the Pongal (Harvest) festival. There have been records galore at this venue. History was made with the first ever Ranji Trophy match played at the venue when AG Ram Singh, with 11 wickets, bowled Madras to victory over Mysore within a day. India recorded their first Test win at the ground in 1951-52 when they defeated England by an innings and eight runs. Sunil Gavaskar notched up his record breaking 30th Test hundred on this ground in 1983-84. The India-Australia encounter in 1986-87 ended in a tie - only the second in the game's long history. The next season, leg spinner Narendra Hirwani claimed the best match analysis by a player on Test debut, finishing with 16 for 136.
But more than the records, what stands out at Chepauk is the atmosphere and the crowd, reputed to be the most knowledgeable and appreciative in the country. This was proved when those present gave a standing ovation to Saeed Anwar after his record breaking 194 against India in the Independence Cup match in 1997 and again when Pakistan won the Test match in 1999. A truly overwhelmed Pakistani team even made a lap of honour in appreciation of the spectators' sporting behaviour.