Wankhede Stadium Profile and Analysis: History, Records, IPL Records, Pitch Report, statistics and Major Matches

We will look back at some noteworthy stadium facts that can help us understand the venue better.

Wankhede Stadium is a cricket stadium in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The stadium serves as the home stadium for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League and the Mumbai Ranji teams. The stadium has seven different stands – Sunil Gavaskar Stand, North Stand, Vijay Merchant Stand, Sachin Tendulkar Stand, MCA Pavilion, Divecha Pavilion, and Garware Pavilion.

Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai is recognised as the most iconic cricket stadium in the country, and it has provided all cricket lovers in the country some good memories. Wankhede Stadium was the site of the 2011 World Cup final, in which India won the trophy for the first time in 20 years. While the stadium prepares to host Indian Premier League games for the season scheduled to start from March 31, we will look back at some noteworthy stadium facts that can help us understand the venue better.

History

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The Cricket Club of India, which owns Brabourne Stadium, and the Bombay Cricket Association (now MCA) fought over the allocation of seats for cricket matches, resulting in India’s most renowned stadium. BCA created the new stadium in South Bombay near Churchgate station on the proposal of S.K. Wankhede, then secretary of the Mumbai Cricket Association.

It took about 13 months to build and opened in time for the final Test between India and the West Indies in 1975. Shashi Prabhu was the stadium’s architect. Since then, Wankhede Stadium has risen to prominence as the city’s primary cricket facility. Wankhede Stadium was built in 1974 and named after the Association’s President, Lawyer Sheshrao Wankhede.

The stadium, which has a seating capacity of 45,000, was built in 1974. It hosted its first Test in 1974-75, when the Windies visited India. West India won by 201 runs, owing to Clive Lloyd’s undefeated 242. Two years later, India defeated New Zealand in this venue for the first time.

The inaugural one-day international was played on January 17, 1987, between India and Sri Lanka, with India winning by 10 runs owing to Mohammad Azharuddin’s 108 runs.

The stadium has been renovated over the years, bringing the capacity to around 33000 people.

Records

The Wankhede Stadium is a cricket stadium located in Mumbai, India. It is owned by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) and has a seating capacity of approximately 33,000 spectators. Here are some notable records of Wankhede Stadium:

  • The highest individual score at Wankhede Stadium in Test cricket is 333, scored by Chris Gayle for the West Indies against India in 2011.
  • The highest team total in Test cricket at Wankhede Stadium is 631/8 declared, scored by India against England in 2012.
  • The highest individual score in One Day International (ODI) cricket at Wankhede Stadium is 219, scored by Rohit Sharma for India against West Indies in 2011.
  • The highest team total in ODI cricket at Wankhede Stadium is 438/4, scored by South Africa against India in 2015.
  • The highest individual score in Twenty20 International (T20I) cricket at Wankhede Stadium is 118, scored by Kieron Pollard for the West Indies against Sri Lanka in 2020.
  • The highest team total in T20I cricket at Wankhede Stadium is 240/3, scored by the West Indies against India in 2016.
  • The Wankhede Stadium has hosted three Cricket World Cup finals: in 1987 (which Australia won), 2011 (which India won), and 2023 (scheduled).
  • Sachin Tendulkar, one of India’s greatest cricketers, scored his 100th international century at Wankhede Stadium in a Test match against Bangladesh in 2012.
  • The Wankhede Stadium is home to the Mumbai Indians, a franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The team has won the IPL title five times, in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020, all playing at Wankhede Stadium.
IPL Records

Here are some of the IPL records held by Wankhede Stadium:

  • The highest team total in IPL history at Wankhede Stadium is 263/3, scored by the Royal Challengers Bangalore against the Pune Warriors India in 2013.
  • The highest individual score in IPL history at Wankhede Stadium is 175 not out, scored by Chris Gayle for the Royal Challengers Bangalore against the Pune Warriors India in 2013.
  • The most runs scored by a player in IPL history at Wankhede Stadium is 867, scored by Rohit Sharma in 27 innings for the Mumbai Indians.
  • The most wickets taken by a player in IPL history at Wankhede Stadium is 28, taken by Lasith Malinga in 22 matches for the Mumbai Indians.
  • The highest successful run chase in IPL history at Wankhede Stadium is 198, achieved by the Mumbai Indians against the Kings XI Punjab in 2017.
  • The lowest team total in IPL history at Wankhede Stadium is 87, scored by the Rajasthan Royals against the Mumbai Indians in 2011.
  • The highest partnership for any wicket in IPL history at Wankhede Stadium is 206, scored by Chris Lynn and Gautam Gambhir for the Kolkata Knight Riders against the Gujarat Lions in 2017.
  • The most sixes hit by a player in IPL history at Wankhede Stadium is 37, hit by Rohit Sharma for the Mumbai Indians.

Pitch Report

The pitch at the Wankhede Stadium is known for being a flat and high-scoring pitch, with a tendency to favor batsmen. It typically offers little assistance to bowlers, although spinners can sometimes find some turn on the surface.

The pitch at the Wankhede Stadium is also known for its good bounce, which allows batsmen to play their shots freely and score runs quickly. It is a popular venue for limited-overs cricket matches, especially for the Indian Premier League (IPL), where big scores are often the norm.

Overall, the pitch at the Wankhede Stadium is considered to be one of the more batting-friendly pitches in India, with a tendency to produce high-scoring and entertaining cricket matches. However, pitch conditions can vary depending on a range of factors, including weather conditions, the time of year, and the quality of the playing surface.

Statistics

TEST

Total matches 27
Matches won batting first 11
Matches won bowling first 8
Average 1st Inns scores 339
Average 2nd Inns scores 335
Average 3rd Inns scores 205
Average 4th Inns scores 131
Highest total recorded 631/10 (182.3 Ov) by IND vs ENG
Lowest total recorded 62/10 (28.1 Ov) by NZ vs IND

ODI

Total matches 27
Matches won batting first 13
Matches won bowling first 14
Average 1st Inns scores 240
Average 2nd Inns scores 201
Highest total recorded 438/4 (50 Ov) by RSA vs IND
Lowest total recorded 79/10 (27.1 Ov) by INDW vs AUSW
Highest score chased 284/4 (49 Ov) by NZ vs IND
Lowest score defended 192/9 (50 Ov) by WI vs IND

 T20

Total matches 9
Matches won batting first 4
Matches won bowling first 5
Average 1st Inns scores 185
Average 2nd Inns scores 174
Highest total recorded 240/3 (20 Ov) by IND vs WI
Lowest total recorded 160/10 (20 Ov) by SL vs IND
Highest score chased 230/8 (19.4 Ov) by ENG vs RSA
Lowest score defended 143/6 (20 Ov) by WIW vs NZW

Major Matches

Wankhede Stadium is a cricket stadium located in Mumbai, India, and is one of the most famous cricket grounds in the world. It has hosted a number of high-profile cricket matches, including the following major matches:

  1. 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup Final: India vs Sri Lanka
  2. 2016 ICC World Twenty20 Final: West Indies vs England
  3. 2013 Indian Premier League Final: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings
  4. 2014 Indian Premier League Final: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab
  5. 2018 Indian Premier League Final: Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
  6. 2021 Indian Premier League Final: Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders
  7. 2012 ICC World Twenty20 Final: Sri Lanka vs West Indies
  8. 2011 Champions League Twenty20 Final: Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
  9. 2017 Indian Premier League Final: Mumbai Indians vs Rising Pune Supergiant
  10. 2013 Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals – IPL Eliminator

These are just a few of the many memorable matches played at Wankhede Stadium over the years.

IPL 2023 is all set to begin on 31st March 2023 with the first match being played between Gujarat Lions and Chennai Super Kings in Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.

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