Guide to the Grounds - India

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

MA Chidambaram Stadium

Location: Chennai
Capacity: 50,000
Established: 1934

MA Chidambaram Stadium

First ODI: India v Australia, Oct 9, 1987
Highest Total: Asia XI 337-7 v Africa XI, 2007

Better known as Chepauk after the area in which it can be found, this stadium boasts a proud history stretching back to 1934 when India entertained Douglas Jardine’s England. It was also the scene of Saeed Anwar’s then record 194 for Pakistan in an ODI against India in 1997.

Match Schedule

Feb 20: New Zealand v Kenya, Group A
March 6: England v South Africa, Group B
March 17: England v West Indies, Group B
March 20: India v West Indies, Group B

Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium

Location: Motera, Ahmedabad
Capacity: 54,000
Established: 1982

Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium

First ODI: India v Australia, Oct 5 1984
Highest Total: South Africa 365-2 v India, 2010

Built on the banks of the Sabarmati in 1982 and renovated in 2006, the ground saw Sunil Gavaskar go to 10,000 Test runs and Kapil Dev become Test cricket’s leading wicket-taker when he claimed a 432nd victim. In August last year the pitch was under six feet of floodwater.

Match Schedule

Feb 21: Australia v Zimbabwe, Group A
March 4: New Zealand v Zimbabwe, Group A
March 26: Fourth quarter-final

Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium

Location: Nagpur
Capacity: 45,000
Opened: 2008

Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium

First ODI: India v Australia, Oct 2009
Highest Total: India 354-7 v Australia, 2009

Among the newest stadiums in world cricket, this arena was opened in 2008 and had hosted just two ODIs leading up to the World Cup. Known locally as the VCA Stadium, it is a modern purpose-built facility located out of town and spread over 33 acres.

Match Schedule

Feb 22: England v Netherlands, Group B
Feb 25: Australia v New Zealand, Group A
Feb 28: Zimbabwe v Canada, Group A
March 12: India v South Africa, Group B

Feroz Shah Kotla

Location: Delhi
Capacity: 48,000
Opened: 1883

Feroz Shah Kotla

First ODI: India v Sri Lanka, Sept 15 1982
Highest Total: Pakistan 303-8 v India, 2005

A vast concrete structure, the stadium which saw Anil Kumble take 10 wickets in an innings, in 1999, has not hosted a one-day international since a match between India and Sri Lanka in December 2009 was abandoned due to a dangerous pitch.

Match Schedule

Feb 24: South Africa v West Indies, Group B
Feb 28: West Indies v Netherlands, Group A
March 7: Kenya v Canada, Group A
March 9: India v Netherlands, Group A

M Chinnaswamy Stadium

Location: Bangalore
Capacity: 40,000
Opened: 1969

M Chinaswamy Stadium

First ODI: India v Sri Lanka, Sept 26 1982
Highest Total: Australia 347-2 v India, 2003

The ground that first staged a Test in 1974 was renamed to honour M Chinnaswamy, a former president of the Indian board and a loyal servant of Karnataka cricket. In 2005 it saw Inzamam ul-Haq score a century in his 100th Test, and hosted Miss World the following year.

Match Schedule

Feb 27: India v England, Group B
March 2: England v Ireland, Group B
March 6: India v Ireland, Group B
March 13: Australia v Kenya, Group A
March 16: Australia v Canada, Group A

Punjab Cricket Association Stadium

Location: Mohali
Capacity: 30,000
Established: 1993

Punjab Cricket Association Stadium

First ODI: India v South Africa, Nov 22 1993
Highest Total: Sri Lanka 339-4 v Pakistan, 1997

This ground, situated just outside the ordered city of Chandigarh, is commonly referred to as the Mohali Stadium. One of the most modern arenas in India, it was the scene of Australia’s thrilling five-run win over West Indies in the 1996 World Cup semi-final.

Match Schedule

March 3: South Africa v Netherlands, Group B
March 11: West Indies v Ireland, Group B
March 30: Second semi-final

Wankhede Stadium

Location: Mumbai
Capacity: 45,000
Established: 1974

Wankhede Stadium

First ODI: India v Sri Lanka, Jan 17 1987
Highest Total: India 299-4 v Sri Lanka, 1987

Built after a dispute between the Cricket Club of India and the Bombay Cricket Association, the Wankhede Stadium is located less than a mile from the Brabourne Stadium. Ravi Shastri hit six sixes in an over in a first-class game here in 1985. It will not stage a match until almost a month into the tournament, but has been awarded the honour of hosting the final.

Match Schedule

March 13: New Zealand v Canada, Group A
March 18: Sri Lanka v New Zealand, Group A
April 2: Final

Eden Gardens

Location: Kolkata
Capacity: 90,000
Established: 1864

Eden Gardens

First ODI: India v Pakistan, Feb 18 1987
Highest Total: India 317-3 v Sri Lanka, 2009

One of cricket’s most illustrious venues, Eden Gardens was the largest stadium in the world before the MCG was expanded. Whereas once it held a reputed 130,000 people, its capacity is now a mere 90,000, although renovation delays prompted the International Cricket Council to strip it of the India-England Group B clash on February 27.

Match Schedule

March 15: South Africa v Ireland, Group B
March 18: Ireland v Netherlands, Group B
March 20: Zimbabwe v Kenya, Group A

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