Wankhede Stadium

Wankhede Stadium

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Wankhede Stadium
Wankhede Stadium

Wankhede Stadium is a cricket stadium in Mumbai India. Wankhede Stadium capacity is 33,108 which has been reduced from 45,000 after renovations for 2011 Cricket World Cup. It is home ground of Mumbai Indians , Mumbai state Team. Garware Pavilion End, Tata End are 2 ends in Wankhede stadium. Wankhede Stadium has stands named after legendary Mumbai cricketers such as Vijay Merchant, Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar.

Wankhede Stadium was built after disputes between CCI which owns the Brabourne Stadium and Mumbai Cricket Association over allocation of tickets. S. K. Wankhede who was secretary of the Bombay Cricket Association at that time started an initiative to built new stadium in South Mumbai near Churchgate station.

This stadium staged 1st test in 1975 vs West Indies, 1st ODI in 1987 vs Sri Lanka and 1st T-20 in 2012 vs England. It has suspended cantilever roofs. Roof is  of Teflon fabric which is lighter in weight and heat resistant. There is no beam support for the roof to ensure that the spectators will have a better view.

Wankhede stadium hosted several high profile cricket matches in past. I have listed 3 moments:

1. 2011 Cricket World Cup Final

This is one of most iconic moment for every Indians as India won against Sri Lanka in world cup final on 2nd April 2011. India became 1st home team to win world cup. 

MS Dhoni were adjured Man of Match for his 91 runs. 

2. Sachin Tendulkar Farewell Match

The stadium also witnessed the last match of Sachin Tendulkar international career. Sachin Tendulkar played his 200th and last test match in his home ground when he decided to hang his boots.

He gave an emotional speech after the match which made whole cricket fraternity. 

3. Ravi Shastri Six Sixes

Ravi Shastri hit six sixes in an over off Baroda’s Tilak Raj in Ranji Trophy and completed  fastest double-hundred in first-class cricket 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 since 2017-18 season when Shafiqullah Shafaq scored double century in 89 balls



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