Mumbai Cricket Association, Wankhede Stadium, D Road, Churchgate, Mumbai - 400020 (Phone: 91 - 022 - 2279 5500)
Capacity: 33,500 (approx.)
End names: Garware Pavilion End, Tata End
Home team: Mumbai
India v West Indies - Jan 23-29, 1975
India v West Indies - Nov 14-18, 2013
India v Sri Lanka - Jan 17, 1987
India v England - Oct 23, 2011
India v England - Dec 22, 2012
Mumbai, the cricket capital of India, has seen Test matches played at three different grounds. The Bombay Gymkhana ground hosted the first ever Test in India, in 1933-34 against England. After the world war II, the Cricket Club of India Ltd's Brabourne Stadium – second ground of the city - was used for 17 Tests. However, due to a dispute between the CCI and the Bombay Cricket Association, the BCA built the 45000-capacity Wankhede Stadium, less than a mile away from the Brabourne Stadium. It is named after the Association’s President Barrister Sheshrao Wankhede in 1974.
It staged its first Test in the 1974-75 season when the West Indies toured India. Clive Lloyd scored an unbeaten 242 and in Pataudi's last hurrah, India lost by 201 runs. The Test also featured a crowd disturbance after a fan who rushed on to the ground to greet Lloyd was treated roughly by the police. India's first victory here was posted against the New Zealand two seasons later. The stadium has been a witness to great innings like Sunil Gavaskar's 205 against the West Indies and Alvin Kallicharan's 187 in the same game in the 1978-79 series and all round heroics like Ian Botham's century and thirteen wickets in the Jubilee Test in 1979-80, which England won by ten wickets. The highest score by an Indian at the Wankhede Stadium is Vinod Kambli's 224 against England in 1992-93 in only his third Test. Incidentally Ravi Shastri's six sixes in an over off Baroda's Tilak Raj in Ranji Trophy, en route to the fastest double-hundred in first-class cricket were recorded on this ground in 1984-85. His unbeaten 200 in 113 minutes off 123 balls with 13 fours and 13 sixes at this ground, is the fastest double century in first-class cricket ever since.
The seaside situation of the Wankhede Stadium means that the swing bowlers get a fair amount of assistance during the early part of each day. The pitch has traditionally been full of runs, but it does help the spinners during the last couple of days, and in the Test played on the ground, against Australia in 2005, the ball spun viciously from early on and this, coupled with low bounce, helped India win in under three days even though almost a whole day was lost due to rain.
The Wankhede Stadium has stands named after famous Mumbai cricketers Vijay Merchant, Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar. Two gates of the Stadium are also named after Polly Umrigar and Vinoo Mankad. The players’ dressing room is known as Vijay Manjrekar Dressing Room.
Redevelopment Of Wankhede Stadium
The Wankhede Stadium was built in 1974 and the first Test match played was between India and West Indies from 23rd to 28th January 1975. The Stadium was built at a time when only Test Matches were played and with the advent of One Day Cricket and Twenty 20 Cricket, the demands of a Stadium from spectator point of view have totally changed.
Since ICC World Cup Cricket 2011 is to be hosted by India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, and Mumbai has been selected to host the final, it was decided to redevelop the Wankhede Stadium to suit the modern facilities and comfort of spectators.
The Managing Committee invited presentations from reputed Architects and shortlisted M/s. Shashi Prabhu & Associates and M/s. P.K. Das & Associates to jointly draw up a project for the redevelopment of the Wankhede Stadium. While redeveloping the Stadium, major changes will be at the North end and the South end and association emphasis to provide better facilities to the spectators in terms of bucket seating, large number of toilets and food courts.
While MCA undertake the redevelopment of Wankhede Stadium, the ground will not be available for domestic and international cricket till February 2011. In order to ensure that MCA do not miss out the turn of Test and ODI matches and also to develop a healthy working relationship with the Cricket Club of India.