If the Eden Gardens is the ‘home of Indian cricket’ then Wankhede Stadium is the jewel of Indian cricket. But technically, Wankhede Stadium can be called as the home of Indian cricket as the headquarters of the BCCI is just around the corner from this stadia. Let us know more about this stadium through this article.
All about Wankhede Stadium
Basic Details about Wankhede Stadium
Full Name: Wankhede Stadium
Location: D Road, Churchgate, Mumbai, Maharashtra India
Nearest Commuting Point: Churchgate Railway Station
Established in 1974
Owner: The Mumbai Cricket Association
Operator: The Mumbai Cricket Association
Capacity: 33, 482 fans
Contractors: Billimoria and Company
Upgraded: in 2010 for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 final
Tenants: Indian Cricket Team, Mumbai Cricket Team and Mumbai Indians
End Names: Garware Pavilion End and Tata End
First Test Match: India Vs West Indies from 23rd to 29th January, 1975
First One Day International: India Vs Sri Lanka on 17th January, 1987
First Twenty20 International: India Vs England on 22nd December, 2012
More about Wankhede Stadium
Prior to the World War II, the test matches in Mumbai used to be played at the Bombay Gymkhana Ground. After the World War II the test matches were shifted to the Brabourne Stadium, which was owned by the Cricket Club of India. After the 1973 test match between India and England the dispute between CCI and Mumbai Cricket Association became severe over the allocations of tickets. Hence the then secretary of Mumbai Cricket Association and eminent politician S. K. Wankhede decided to have a new stadium, which will be exclusively owned by the Mumbai Cricket Association.
The land was chosen near the Churchgate Railway Station and the stadium was built in a record six months time and the first test match on the stadium was played in 1974. The stadium is named after the then President of the Mumbai Cricket Association, Seshrao Wankhede.
The Wankhede Stadium has seen many historical moments like Clive Lloyd’s 242*, India’s first test victory at Wankhede against New Zealand in 1976, Sunil Gavaskar’s 205 against West Indies, Alvin Kallicharan’s 187, Ian Botham’s fantastic test century and 16 wickets in the Jubilee test of 1980, Vinod Kambli’s 224 against England in 1993, Ravi Shastri’s six sixes in a Ranji Trophy game against Baroda and Sachin Tendulkar’s last test match in 2013.
In 2010 the stadium was renovated according to the ICC rules and regulations, so that it can host the ICC World Cup Finals in 2011. India won that final and lift the World Cup after 28 years under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.