Established in 1974, the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai is among the relatively newer cricket grounds in India. It is located on the D Road, Churchgate, Mumbai (400020). The Wankhede is owned by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) and named after its former president (SK Wankhede). The two ends at this venue are Garware Pavilion End and Tata End. It is also one of the cricket stadiums in India with floodlights. The stands have been named after some of the famous Indian cricketers of the past, namely Sunil Gavaskar Stand, Sachin Tendulkar and Vijay Merchant Stand to go with Garware Stand, Grand Stand, North Stand, MCA Stand, and Vitthal Divecha Stand. The Wankhede underwent renovation in the late 2000s and no cricket was played from 2008 until the beginning of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, the final of which was hosted here. The stadium capacity after renovation has come down to 32,000.
The first-ever international cricket match the venue hosted was in January 1975, when India took on a Clive Lloyd-led West Indies in a Test match. In all, 25 Tests, all involving India, 21 One-Day Internationals and six Twenty20 Internationals have been played here. The home teams are Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy, Mumbai Indians in IPL and the Indian cricket team.
This venue hasn’t seen many bad moments as such. In the first Test played here, a fan climbed over the fence and ran onto the ground to congratulate Clive Lloyd on scoring a double century; he was subjected to such a rough treatment by police that a large-scale riot broke out and about 90 minutes of play was lost. In April 2013, during an IPL match between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore, opposition captain and India player Virat Kohli was booed by the Wankhede crowd for a run-out incident.
Wankhede Stadium pitch report
Thanks to the use of rich quality red soil and its porous nature, which helps in quick drying, the pitch here is almost always perfect. The batsmen can play their strokes because of the even pace and bounce, the bowlers usually find some swing and seam, and the pitch tends to stay good for the duration of the match. The pitch here is easily the fastest and best in the country currently.
Match record at Wankhede Stadium
First Test: India vs West Indies, January 23 to 29, 1975
Most-recent Test: India vs England, December 8 to 12, 2016
First ODI: India vs Sri Lanka, January 17, 1987
Most-recent ODI: India vs New Zealand, October 22, 2017
First T20I: India vs England, December 22, 2012
Most-recent T20I: India vs Sri Lanka, December 24, 2017
Last match: Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, May 27, 2018
India’s record at Wankhede Stadium