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jayant   |  2022-01-01

Wankhede Stadium: Top 10 Mind-Blowing Facts (2022)

Wankhede Stadium, located in Mumbai, India, is one of the most iconic cricket stadiums in the world and home to the Mumbai domestic team and Mumbai Indians

While it doesn’t have a rich history like Eden Gardens or a Chepauk, the Wankhede Stadium, but, it’s the stadium from where countless cricketers have started dreaming big.

So, today we will talk about some of the most amazing facts about this iconic cricket stadium.

Wankhede Stadium: 10 Mind-Blowing Facts

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1) Before the Wankhede was established, cricket matches in Bombay used to take place at the historic Brabourne Stadium

But, in 1973, a dispute occurred between the two cricket fractions running cricket in Bombay – Bombay Cricket Association and ‘The Cricket Club of India.’

As a result, the Bombay Cricket Association built the Wankhede Stadium, and it became synonymous with Mumbai cricket.

2) SK Wankhede, the then BCA secretary, played a pivotal role to construct this new venue in the Churchgate area of Bombay

So, recognizing his contribution toward building this venue, this stadium has been named the Wankhede Stadium.

3) On January 23, 1975, the first test match at this stadium was played between India and West Indies, where the West Indies beat India by a margin of 201 runs

4) After almost 12 years, on January 17, 1987, the first ODI at this stadium was played between India and Sri Lanka

In this match, Mohammad Azharuddin scored an unbeaten century (108 not out) as India beat Sri Lanka by 10 runs

5) Wankhede Stadium is the home to the BCCI and was once the second-largest cricket ground in India

6) On January 15, 1985, in this iconic stadium, former India all-rounder Ravi Shastri, even before the likes of Herschelle Gibbs and Yuvraj Singh, smashed six sixes in an over

It was a Ranji match, and playing for Bombay, Ravi Shastri achieved this superb feat against Baroda’s left-arm spinner Tilak Raj.

7) This iconic stadium has its stands named after legendary Bombay cricketers like Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, and Vijay Merchant.

8) On February 3, 2002, England pulled off a thrilling five-run win over India at this stadium

A young Andrew Flintoff delighted his teammates ripped off his shirt in celebration after he picked the wicket of Javagal Srinath to tie the series.

9) On April 2, 2011, India lifted the 2011 World Cup Trophy at the Wankhede Stadium by beating Sri Lanka in the final.

This was India’s 2nd ODI World Cup victory and the moment where MS Dhoni hit a six to seal India’s victory is considered as one of the most iconic moments of Indian cricket history

10) On November 14, 2013, the ‘God of Cricket’ Sachin Tendulkar played the last match of his international career at this historic stadium against the West Indies

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