Wankhede Stadium, the complete name being Seshrao Krushnarao Wankhede Stadium, is a cricket ground situated in Mumbai, India. The stadium serves as home ground for Mumbai Cricket Association and Mumbai Indians franchise of Indian Premier League. The Stadium, located in the heart of the city and built in 1975, came into existence over ticket selling disputes between Mumbai Cricket Association and Cricket Club of India, which owned Brabourne Stadium. The stadium was built in a time span of 6 months and hosted the final test match between India and West Indies in 1975 series as its first match.
The Wankhede Stadium has been one of the premier cricket grounds in India and has had the privilege of hosting memorable and prestigious fixtures. Whenever any series is scheduled in India, the Wankhede Stadium is always under reckoning to host one of the matches, preferably the finals. In the recently concluded ICC World Cup in 2011, it hosted the tournament’s finals, in which India beat Sri Lanka to bring back World Cup after a gap of 28 years. The ground has also witnessed Ravi Shashtri’s 6 sixes in an over feat. Ravi Shashtri’s 6-sixes-in-an-over innings is also the fastest double century innings in the history of first class cricket. The ground has even seen a tied test match, which happened recently between India and West Indies in 2010.
After the renovations provided to the stadium for the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, the Wankhede Stadium boosts of as many as 20 lifts and has a seating capacity for 45,000 spectators. The Queen’s Necklace, Marine Drive, is adjacent to the stadium and provides a perfect panorama with Arabian Sea in the background. One of prime features for Wankhede stadium is its cantilever roof which is suspended. The roof is heat reflecting and with its food courts, flood lights, bucket system of seats and more than adequate number of toilets, Wankhede Stadium provides a perfect cricketing ambience for both, players and spectators.
The playing track in Wankhede stadium has always offered a run fest for spectators. In perspective of test match fixtures, there is some aid to swing bowlers during the start of each day while spinners get aid during the later period of the match. The slow turning track of Wankhede stadium has been perennial with its existence. The stadium is waiting to be crowded by cricket lovers once again for IPL 6.
|Apr 9, 2013||20:00||14:30||MI vs DD, 10th IPL (D/N)||Mumbai|
|Apr 13, 2013||16:00||10:30||MI vs Pune, 15th IPL (D/N)||Mumbai|
|Apr 27, 2013||20:00||14:30||MI vs RCB, 37th IPL (D/N)||Mumbai|
|Apr 29, 2013||20:00||14:30||MI vs KXIP, 41st IPL (D/N)||Mumbai|
|May 5, 2013||16:00||10:30||MI vs CSK, 49th IPL (D/N)||Mumbai|
|May 7, 2013||20:00||14:30||MI vs KKR, 53rd IPL (D/N)||Mumbai|
|May 13, 2013||20:00||14:30||MI vs Hyderabad, 62nd IPL (D/N)||Mumbai|
|May 15, 2013||20:00||14:30||MI vs RR, 66th IPL (D/N)||Mumbai|