Green Park Stadium

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Coordinates: 26°28′56″N 80°20′52″E / 26.482184°N 80.347878°E / 26.482184; 80.347878

Green Park cricket stadium
Green Park Stadium Kanpur.jpg
Ground information
Location Kanpur
Establishment 1945
Capacity 45,000[1]
Owner Uttar Pradesh Government
Operator UPCA, Uttar Pradesh Cricket Team
End names
Mill Pavilion End
Hostel End
International information
First Test 14 January 1952: India v England
Last Test 24–27 November 2009: India v Sri Lanka
First ODI 24 December 1986: India v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 27 November 2013: India v West Indies
Domestic team information
Uttar Pradesh (1951 – present)
Central Zone (1975–2001)

Green Park Stadium (Hindi: ग्रीन पार्क स्टेडियम) (Urdu: گرین پارک اسٹیڈیم‎) is a 45,000 capacity floodlit multi-purpose stadium located in Kanpur, India, and the home of the Uttar Pradesh cricket team.[1] The stadium is under the control of the Sports Department Uttar Pradesh. It is the only international cricket stadium in Uttar Pradesh that has hosted many international cricket matches of both Test and One Day format.

History[edit]

The Green Park Stadium is named after Madam Green who used to practice Horse-Riding here in 1940's. It is located in Civil Lines area in the north east part of Kanpur city near the banks of the river Ganges, which flows just behind the stadium. This is the only stadium in India where Students Gallery is available. Green Park has the largest manually operated scoreboard in the world[citation needed]. Besides it also has video screens which are used during international matches.

India's first Test win over Australia in December 1959 was at the Green Park ground. It was also the first match to be played on a turf wicket here.[2] Off-spinner Jasubhai Patel's 14 wickets were instrumental in ensuring India's win.

In 1958/9 Subhash Gupte took nine West Indian wickets in an inning for 102 runs, and had Lance Gibbs – the only batsman he missed – dropped by wicket keeper Naren Tamhane.

Since 1957 India has lost only twice at Kanpur, to the West Indies on both occasions. When Subhash Gupte’s dream spell was overshadowed by Wes Hall’s 10 wickets in 1958 and later when India’s 1983 world cup euphoria was cut short by Malcolm Marshall’s fearsome bowling. The most runs scored were by Gundappa Vishwanath(776 runs), Sunil Gavaskar(629 runs) and Mohammed Azharuddin(543 runs). The most wickets taken were by Kapil Dev(25 wickets), Anil Kumble(21 wickets) and Harbhajan Singh(20 wickets). The most runs scored were Sachin Tendulkar(314 runs), Vinod kambli(217 runs) and Sourav Ganguly.(208 runs). The most wickets taken were by Javagal Srinath(9 wickets), Ajit Agarkar(8 wickets) and Sourav Ganguly(7 wickets).

Infrastructure[edit]

The Pitch at Green park Stadium

Ends

The ends are known as the Mill Pavilion End and the Hostel End. These are named after the Elgin Mill and DAV College which are close to the stadium.

Pitch

The pitch at Green Park has traditionally assisted the spinners and there have been some great performances by the likes of Jasubhai Patel and Subhash Gupte etc.

Renovation[edit]

Infrastructure

The stadium Green Park has been renovated with state of the art facilities for the players, dressing areas and dining areas. The Uttar Pradesh Government sactions Rs. 30 Crores for the same. However,the flood lights are hung low and are a cause of concern for the renovation work to take place in the other areas.

BCCI pitch committee member Anand Shukla visited the Green Park stadium today and expressed his satisfaction over the condition of the track where a one-day international cricket match between India and Pakistan would be played on 15 April. Kanpur Division commissioner Anita Bhatnagar Jain had also visited the stadium on Monday and instructed the officials of Green Park to complete all repair works of public and students galleries by 24 March. The Commissioner said besides the close circuit cameras at various enclosures, videography would also be arranged to prevent any untoward incident during the match. Police administration has also geared up the activities and the entire stadium has been divided into 19 zones, she said adding that there would be separate entrances for the cricket teams and the VVIPs and officials.After an abortive attempt to damage the Green Park stadium by a group of Shiv Sena activists last month, the district administration has deployed security staff on round the clock duty.[3]

Cricket World Cup[edit]

This stadium has hosted One Day International (ODI) matches when India hosted the Cricket World Cup.

i. 1987 Cricket World Cup
ii. 1996 Cricket World Cup

Team (A) Team (B) Winner Margin Match Date
India England England 8 wickets 12 Jan 1952
India West Indies West Indies 203 Runs 12 Dec 1958
India Australia India 119 runs 19 Dec 1959
India Australia India 153 runs 2 Oct 1979
India West Indies West Indies 83 runs 21 Oct 1983

1987 Cricket World Cup[edit]

  • West Indies defeated India in an ODI match played at Green Park.[4]

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