ICC world cup 2011: Eight Indian stadiums set to light up the cricket world

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ICC world cup 2011: Eight Indian stadiums set to light up the cricket world

(Part I)

The biggest gala of cricketing world, the ICC cricket world cup 2011 has begun in the subcontinent with all of its enthusiasm and excitement. India, one of the co-hosts, has the largest share in terms of holding matches due to the huge number of international grounds they have. In this edition of the cricket's flagship tournament, India will be hosting matches at 8 different locations.

India has a very rich history in cricket and it is considered as the biggest cricket playing nation in the world. Every country has different conditions to play cricket and India's speciality is the fact that the pitches over there tend to help the spinners.

These are the stadiums hosting the World Cup 2011 matches:

  • Feroz Shah Kotla-Delhi
  • Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha- Nagpur
  • M Chinnaswamy Stadium –Bangalore
  • Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali – Chandigarh
  • Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera- Ahmedabad
  • MA Chitambaram Stadium, Chepauk-Chennai
  • Eden Gardens- Kolkata
  • Wankhede Stadium-Delhi

Feroz Shah Kotla Ground was constructed in 1883 in New Delhi, the heart of India. It is more commonly known as the Wellingdon Pavillion. This ground is officially controlled by the Delhi District Association. The first match which was played in this huge stadium was the test match against West Indies in 1948-49. Later on many matches were played in this ground. This grand arena even celebrated the day when Anil Kumble took all the ten wickets against Pakistan. The great cricket legend Sunil Gawaskar scored his 29th hundred in this stadium. He broke Don Bradman’s record for highest number of centuries in Test cricket. Then later after that, Sachin Tendulkar also broke Gawaskar’s record by going ahead with 35th hundreds. The first One-Day International in this ground was played between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in 2009, which was later drawn due to not so favourable pitch.

Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium is another ground is located in the Indian city Nagpur. This beautiful ground has a large capacity of managing 45000 audiences. This stadium does not have a historic background but yet it’s one of main and largest grounds India have. The first Test match played in this arena was between Australia and the host country, in 2008 whereas the first ODI was played in 2009.

M. Chinnaswamy Stadium originally known as the Karnataka State Cricket Association Stadium was established in 1969. Later in 1977, it was named after the former president of Indian board M. Chinnaswamy. The stadium had hosted many Test as well as One-Day matches. The first Test was played in 1974 between India and the Windies. It was the ground where floodlights were installed for the first time, when India played the quarter-final of 1996 World Cup against Pakistan. This Bangalore ground can hold up to 40,000 people, and it proved lucky for teams like Australia, Pakistan and South Africa in their critical times. Many historic moments were cherished in this huge stadium. The Aussie player Michael Clarke did his maiden hundred in this ground, and then Inzamam-ul-Haq played his 100th test’s century in this mighty playground. Indian highest wicket-taker Anil Kumble took his 400th Test wicket in this arena.

The Punjab Cricket Association Stadium at Mohali is another renowned sports ground of India located in Chandigarh. It was formed in 1993. It is world-class venue with an amazing pitch created by Daljit Singh. The most important aspect is that this stadium has a huge provision for media coverage’s. It is viewer friendly ground with complete practice facilities’. India and the Protease played their ODI in 1993, whereas the first Test was played between India and West Indies in 1994. The main highlight of this ground was the semi-final of 1996 WC when Australia thrashed West Indies with There was a time when the pitch was dried and the ground failed to produce some high scores in a nail biting end. Nevertheless, the ground has been redefined and has been renovated with glazing floodlights, for some upcoming heavy loaded matches.

 

(To Be Continued....)