The Wanderers Stadium is an iconic cricket stadium in the suburb of Illovo in Johannesburg, South Africa.
One of the world’s most scenic cricket stadiums, it hosts all the three major formats of the game – tests, ODIs, and T20Is.
Over the years, this stadium has hosted many famous matches
So today, we will talk about some of the most amazing facts about this iconic cricket stadium.
Wanderers Stadium: 10 Amazing Facts
1) This stadium was originally built in 1956, to shift the crowd from the Old Wanderers Stadium where international cricket was played between 1895 and 1939
2) The first international test match on this venue was played between South Africa and England, where England defeated South Africa by 131 runs.
3) In 1991, following South Africa’s re-entry to international cricket, the Wanderers cricket stadium became South Africa’s third international test venue after the Old Wanderers and the Ellis Park
4) The Wanderers, with its scenic beauty, always attracts a crowd and creates an electric atmosphere
That’s how this stadium gets the nickname ‘The Bullring’
5) It is the largest Test match venue in South Africa with a seating capacity of 34,000 and also the home ground of Highveld Lions.
6) In 1995, on this venue, English cricketer Michael Atherton batted for 643 minutes to save the test match.
Atherton scored a solid 185 not-out against the Proteas attack that had bowlers like Allan Donald and Shaun Pollock.
7) This iconic stadium hosted the final of the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup between Australia and India.
Here, Australia picked up their third World Cup title by defeating India by 125 runs.
8) On 12th March 2006, this venue hosted one of the most memorable matches in the history of cricket
South Africa, playing against Australia, batting second, chased down a mammoth total of 435 runs.
They scored 438/9 and became the first team to successfully chase down more than 400 runs in ODI cricket.
9) It also hosted the final of the inaugural edition of the ICC T20 World Cup between India and Pakistan
In a thrilling contest, India beat arch-rivals Pakistan by five runs to win the T20 World Cup title.
10) On 18th January 2015, AB de Villiers registered the fastest ODI century against the West Indies
He scored 149 runs in that match and completed his century in just 31 deliveries.