Guide to the Grounds - India
MA Chidambaram Stadium
First ODI: India v Australia, Oct 9, 1987
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.
Feb 20: New Zealand v Kenya, Group A
Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium
Location: Motera, Ahmedabad
First ODI: India v Australia, Oct 5 1984
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.
Feb 21: Australia v Zimbabwe, Group A
Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium
First ODI: India v Australia, Oct 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.
Feb 22: England v Netherlands, Group B
Feroz Shah Kotla
First ODI: India v Sri Lanka, Sept 15 1982
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.
Feb 24: South Africa v West Indies, Group B
M Chinnaswamy Stadium
First ODI: India v Sri Lanka, Sept 26 1982
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.
Feb 27: India v England, Group B
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium
First ODI: India v South Africa, Nov 22 1993
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.
March 3: South Africa v Netherlands, Group B
First ODI: India v Sri Lanka, Jan 17 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.
March 13: New Zealand v Canada, Group A
First ODI: India v Pakistan, Feb 18 1987
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.
March 15: South Africa v Ireland, Group B