Established in 1883 (!), Feroz Shah Kotla is the second-oldest cricket ground in India. It is located in Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg in New Delhi (110002). The Feroz Shah Kotla is owned by the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) and has a seating capacity of 41,820. The two ends at this venue are Stadium End and Pavilion End. It is also one of the cricket grounds in India with floodlights. The stands at the venue are East, West, North, Old Club House, New Club House, Hill A, and Hill B. Recently, Virender Sehwag inaugurated a stadium gate named after him, while Anjum Chopra, another Delhi cricketer, also inaugurated a gate in her name.
The first-ever international cricket match it hosted was in November 1948, when India took on West Indies in a Test match. In all, it has hosted 34 Tests, all involving India, 25 One-Day Internationals and five Twenty20 Internationals. The home teams are Delhi in Ranji Trophy, Delhi Daredevils in IPL and the Indian cricket team.
While this venue has been host to many great moments, it has witnessed a couple of bad incidents as well. In December 2009, an ODI between India and Sri Lanka had to be called off because of the treacherous nature of the pitch, on which the ball kept bouncing unnaturally from a length, hitting the batsmen awkwardly and making play dangerous. The International Cricket Council (ICC) imposed a 12-month-long suspension on Feroz Shah Kotla, which didn’t host any international matches from December 2009 to December 2010.
In December 2015, Jeff Crowe, an ICC match referee, rated the Kotla pitch for an India-South Africa Test match poor; the Test match was over in three days with the spinners taking 20 of the 40 wickets to fall.
Feroz Shah Kotla pitch report
The pitch here has traditionally been slow and favoured the spinners. Now and then, you see a mountain of runs being scored with the size of the ground being relatively small and the nature of the pitch slightly better, but predominantly, the pitch here is not one renowned for good carry, pace and bounce.
Match record at Feroz Shah Kotla
First Test: India vs West Indies, November 10 to 14, 1948
Most-recent Test: India vs Sri Lanka, December 2 to 6, 2017
First ODI: India vs Sri Lanka, September 15, 1982
Most-recent ODI: India vs New Zealand, October 20, 2016
First T20I: Afghanistan vs England, March 23, 2016
Most-recent T20I: India vs New Zealand, November 1, 2017
Last match: Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians, May 20, 2018
India’s record at Feroz Shah Kotla