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jayant   |  2022-05-20

Arun Jaitley Stadium: 15 Interesting Facts about India’s Second Oldest Stadium

The Arun Jaitley Stadium ( formerly Feroz Shah Kotla stadium ) is one of the oldest and most famous cricket grounds in India.

It is located at Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg in New Delhi.

So, we have listed down 10 interesting about the Arun Jaitley Stadium

Image Credit: Times of India

1) In 1883, this cricket stadium was established near the Kotla fort, and hence, was named the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium

2) After the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, this is the second oldest functional international cricket stadium in India.

3) On 10 November 1948, the first test match at the Arun Jaitley Stadium was played between India and West Indies which ended in a draw

4) In 1952, against Pakistan, Hemu Adhikari and Ghulam Ahmed made a record tenth wicket stand of 111 runs- a record that still remains intact

5) In 1965, S Venkataraghavan, in his debut series, destroyed the New Zealand batting order with figures of 8-72 and 4-80.

6) In 1969–70, the duo of Bishen Singh Bedi and Erapalli Prasanna picked 18 wickets and spun India to a famous seven-wicket victory over Australia.

7) In 1981, Geoff Boycott broke Gary Sobers’ world record to become the highest test run-scorer at that time

8) In 1983–84, Sunil Gavaskar scored his 29th century in this stadium to equal n Don Bradman’s record for the highest number of centuries in Test cricket.

9) In 1989, Sir Vivian Richards took six wickets against India in this stadium

10) In 1999–2000, Anil Kumble took 10 for 74 against Pakistan and became the second person after Jim Laker to take 10 wickets in an innings

11) In 2005–06, Sachin Tendulkar scored his 35th test century in a test match to broke Gavaskar’s record of the then most centuries in test matches

12) On 27 December 2009, at this stadium, an ODI between India and Sri Lanka was called off because of ‘poor pitch conditions’

Based on the match referee’s report, ICC banned playing international cricket matches on this ground for 12 months

13) During the second day of the third Test of the Sri Lankan cricket team in India in 2017-18 at Delhi, smog forced Sri Lanka cricketers to stop play and wear anti-pollution masks, a rare sight in terms of play interruptions. Cricketer Lahiru Gamage reported having shortness of breath.

14) On 12 September 2019, this stadium was renamed the Arun Jaitley Stadium, in the honor of the late Union Minister and DDCA President Arun Jaitley.

15) In this stadium, one of the stands of the stadium has been named after Indian cricketer Virat Kohli

The Arun Jaitley stadium has a capacity of 42,000 seats

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