Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Kochi)

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Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Kochi)
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Ground information
Location Kaloor, Kochi, India
Capacity 55,000[1]
Owner Greater Cochin Development Authority
Operator Greater Cochin Development Authority
Tenants India cricket team (1998–present)
Kerala cricket team
Kochi Tuskers Kerala (2011)
Chirag United Club Kerala (2011–2012)
Kerala Strikers (2012-present)
Kerala Blasters FC(2014-)

Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium (Malayalam: ജവഹര്‍ലാല്‍ നെഹ്‌റു ഇന്റര്‍നാഷണല്‍ സ്റ്റേഡിയം; locally known as Kaloor International StadiumMalayalam: കലൂര്‍ ഇന്റര്‍നാഷണല്‍ സ്റ്റേഡിയം) is an international stadium in Kochi, Kerala. The stadium has a capacity of 55,000 spectators making it one of the largest cricket stadium in India. Eden Gardens which used to be the largest cricket stadium in India currently holds 66,349 people following renovations for the Cricket World Cup 2011; a capacity down from an estimated 100,000 before the upgrade.[2] The stadium was built in 1996 by the Government of Kerala with Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA). The stadium is widely touted to be the noisiest cricket stadium in the world due to its distinctive architecture which makes the atmosphere deafening with around 55000 people cheering.

Originally constructed as a football stadium, it has played host to a number of international cricket and football matches. The extensive grounds of the stadium serve as venue for important exhibitions, cinema events and political rallies in the city. The stadium is equipped with floodlights for playing at night. The architecture of the stadium is unique compared to other stadium in India. The most innovative aspect of the stadium is its unique lighting towers of 2 kW Floodlights which when switched on fully can provide lighting levels for HD telecast.

The stadium hosts the home games of football I-League team Chirag United Club Kerala. The stadium is also the home ground of the Kerala cricket team.


The first tournament conducted was the Nehru Cup International Football Tournament in 1997. The highest attendance of audience was recorded in this tournament for India v/s Iraq match (nearly one hundred thousand people attended, thus overcrowding the stadium). But the highest money grosser was made in a cricket ODI match between India and Pakistan on April 2005. The first ODI played on the ground was between India and Australia on 1 April 1998. And the last being on 15 January 2013 between India and England. India won the match by 127 runs. An attendance of over 70,000 is being reported, though not confirmed. The stadium hosted another ODI match between India and West Indies on 21 November 2013 in which India won by 6 wickets. There will be another match between these teams on 8th October 2014. This will be an day/night match.

The stadium has finished a massive renovation including a modern turf an aesthetic modern roofing. Another recent development has been a new four-lane road from the south of the stadium which has made access easier from that side.

The first Indian Premier League game at the stadium was on 9 April 2011, when the Kochi Tuskers Kerala hosted the Royal Challengers Bangalore. It was the first IPL match for the Kochi Tuskers. Five of their 2011 home games were played in this stadium, and the other two were played at the Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore. The stadium hosted the semi-final and final of the 2013 Duleep trophy.

Climax scenes of the Tamil movie 'Velayudham' starring Vijay and Malayalam movie 'Run Baby Run' starring Mohanlal were shot in the stadium.

Panoramic View of the Stadium

ODI Matches held[edit]

1 April 1998
309/5 (50 overs)
268 (45.5 overs)
A Jadeja 105 * (109)
MS Kasprowicz 3/50 (8.2 overs)
AC Gilchrist 61 (45)
Sachin Tendulkar 5/32 (10 overs)
India won by 41 runs
Umpires: SK Bansal and AV Jayaprakash
Player of the match: Sachin Tendulkar (India)
  • India won the toss and elected to bat.

9 March 2000
302/7 (49.4 overs)
 South Africa
301/3 (50 overs)
Ajay Jadeja 92 (109)
WJ Cronje 2/48 (8 overs)
G.Kirsten 115 (123)
Rahul Dravid 2/43 (9 overs)
India won by 3 wickets
Umpires: MR Singh and CR Vijayaraghavan
Player of the match: A Jadeja (India)
  • South Africa won the toss and elected to bat.

13 March 2002
191 (48.3 overs)
197/4 (44.2 overs)
Mohammad Kaif 56 (78)
Douglas Hondo 4/37 (8.3 overs)
ADR Campbell 71 (119)
Ajit Agarkar 2/28 (10 overs)
Zimbabwe won by 6 wickets
Umpires: Vijay Chopra and Devendra Sharma
Player of the match: Douglas Hondo
  • India won the toss and elected to bat.

2 April 2005
281/8 (50 overs)
194 (45.2 overs)
Virender Sehwag 108 (95)
Arshad Khan 4/33 (6 overs)
Mohammad Hafeez 42 (75)
Sachin Tendulkar 5/50 (10 overs)
India won by 87 runs
Umpires: Billy Bowden (New Zealand) and AV Jayaprakash
Player of the match: Virender Sehwag
  • India won the toss and elected to bat.

6 April 2006
238/6 (47.2 overs)
237 (48.4 overs)
Rahul Dravid 65* (73)
Ian Blackwell 2/41 (10 overs)
Geraint Jones 49 (66)
Yuvraj Singh 2/34 (8 overs)
India won by 4 wickets
Umpires: K Hariharan (India) and RE Koertzen (South Africa)
Player of the match: Yuvraj Singh
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.

2 October 2007
222 (47.3 overs)
306/6 (50 overs)
MS Dhoni 58 (88)
George Hogg 3/40 (9.3 overs)
Bradley Haddin 87* (69)
S Sreesanth 3/67 (9 overs)
Australia won by 84 runs
Umpires: SA Bucknor (West Indies) and SL Shastri
Player of the match: Bradley Haddin
  • India won the toss and elected to field.

17 October 2010
Match abandoned without a ball bowled due to rain
Umpires: Billy Bowden (New Zealand) and AM Saheba (India)

15 January 2013
285/6 (50 overs)
158/10 (36 overs)
MS Dhoni 72 (66)
ST Finn 2/51 (10 overs)
Kevin Pietersen 42 (44)
B Kumar 3/29 (10 overs)
India won by 127 runs
Umpires: Vineet Kulkarni and Steve Davis
Player of the match: Ravindra Jadeja (India)
  • India won the toss and elected to bat first.

21 November 2013
212-4 (35.2 overs)
 West Indies
211 (48.5 overs)
Virat Kohli 86 (84)
J Holder 2/48 (8 overs)
DM Bravo 59 (77)
R Jadeja 3/37 (10 overs)
India won by 6 wickets
Umpires: VA Kulkarni( India) and RJ Tucker( Australia)
Player of the match: Virat Kohli (India)
  • West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first.

Indian Premier League[edit]

The cricket stadium in Kochi was expected to serve the Chennai Super Kings or the Royal Challengers Bangalore as a home venue apart from Chennai and Bangalore for the initial IPL seasons. However both the franchises initially refused and later promised to reconsider the offer, fearing decline in revenues. Eventually no matches of the first 3 IPL seasons were played in Kochi.

The auction for expanding the initial eight franchises to ten for the 2011 season was held on 22 March 2010. Rendezvous Sports World made the second highest bid of INR 15333 million, and elected to base its team in Kochi.[3]

All renovation works at the stadium have been completed with new pitches, an improved outfield with better drainage facilities. The floodlight system was also renovated to the standards needed for day and night cricket. Kochi Tuskers Kerala have opened their office at the stadium. They have signed up with Federal Bank who is their principal sponsor and tickets for all matches would be available at select branches of the Federal Bank. Tickets are also available online through Kyazoonga who will be Kochi's exclusive ticket partner.

The first IPL match held at the stadium was between Kochi Tuskers Kerala and Royal Challengers Bangalore on 9 April 2011. The match was also Kochi Tuskers first ever IPL match.

9 April 2011
Kochi Tuskers Kerala
161/5 (20 overs)
Royal Challengers Bangalore
162/4 (18.4 overs)
B McCullum 45 (32)
D Vettori 1–17 (4 overs)
AB de Villiers 54 (40)
R Jadeja 1–28 (4 overs)
Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 6 wickets
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Krishna Hariharan (Ind)
Player of the match: AB de Villiers (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
  • Kochi Tuskers Kerala won the toss and elected to bat

18 April 2011
Kochi Tuskers Kerala
135/3 (15 overs)
Chennai Super Kings
131/4 (17 overs)
B McCullum 47 (33)
R Ashwin 2–31 (4 overs)
SK Raina 50 (40)
RV Gomez 1–20 (2 overs)
Kochi Tuskers Kerala won by 7 wickets (D/L method)
Umpires: Krishna Hariharan (Ind) and Tony Hill (NZ)
Player of the match: BB McCullum (Kochi Tuskers Kerala)
  • Kochi Tuskers won the toss and elected to field
  • Match reduced to 17 overs per side due to rain. Kochi's target was adjusted to 135 runs from 17 overs via the Duckworth–Lewis method.

27 April 2011
Kochi Tuskers Kerala
74 (16.3 overs)
Deccan Chargers
129/6 (20 overs)
Ravindra Jadeja 23 (35)
Ishant Sharma 5/12 (3 overs)
Kumar Sangakkara 65 (47)
Vinay Kumar 3/25 (4 overs)
Deccan Chargers won by 55 runs
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Tony Hill (NZ)
Player of the match: Ishant Sharma (Deccan Chargers)
  • Kochi Tuskers Kerala won the toss and elected to field.

30 April 2011
Kochi Tuskers Kerala
119 (18.5 overs)
Delhi Daredevils
157/7 (20 overs)
Ravindra Jadeja 31 (22)
Morné Morkel 3/18 (4 overs)
Virender Sehwag 80 (47)
Sreesanth 2/10 (4 overs)
Delhi Daredevils won by 38 runs
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Tony Hill (NZ)
Player of the match: Virender Sehwag (Delhi Daredevils)
  • Delhi Daredevils won the toss and elected to bat.

5 May 2011
Kochi Tuskers Kerala
156/5 (20 overs)
Kolkata Knight Riders
139/7 (20 overs)
Mahela Jayawardene 55 (41)
Jaydev Unadkat 2/25 (4 overs)
Eoin Morgan 66 (51)
Raiphi Gomez 2/14 (4 overs)
Kochi Tuskers Kerala won by 17 runs
Umpires: Rod Tucker (Aus) and S. Ravi (Ind)
Player of the match: Brad Hodge (Kochi Tuskers Kerala)
  • Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and elected to field.

ODI Records at the Venue[edit]


  • Highest Total: 309/5 (50 overs) by India vs. Australia on 1 April 1998.
  • Lowest Total: 191 (48.3 overs) by India vs. Zimbabwe on 13 March 2002.
  • Most Runs : Rahul Dravid (223 runs from 292 balls in 5 matches)
  • Highest Score: Gary Kirsten (South Africa) 115 runs from 123 balls vs. India on 9 March 2000.
  • Average 1st innings total : 273
  • Average 2nd innings total : 225


Highest Partnerships by wicket[edit]

Wicket Runs Team Players Opposition
1st 235  South Africa Herschelle Gibbs Gary Kirsten  India
2nd 76  India Rahul Dravid IK Pathan  England
3rd 201  India Rahul Dravid Virender Sehwag  Pakistan
4th 104  India Mohammad Azharuddin Ajay Jadeja  Australia
5th 121  India HH Kanitkar Ajay Jadeja  Australia
6th 96  India MS Dhoni Ravindra Jadeja  England
7th 17  Pakistan Shahid Afridi Mohammad Hafeez  India
8th 25  India Mahendra Singh Dhoni Ramesh Powar  Australia
9th 28  England MJ Hoggard GO Jones  India
10th 42  Pakistan Naved-ul-Hasan Arshad Khan  India

IPL Records at Venue[edit]

Highest Partnerships by wicket[edit]

Wicket Runs Team Players Opposition
1st 80 Kochi Tuskers Kerala Brendon McCullum VVS Laxman Royal Challengers Bangalore
2nd 51 Kochi Tuskers Kerala Brendon McCullum P Patel Chennai Super Kings
3rd 51 Kochi Tuskers Kerala Klinger M Jayawardene Kolkata Knight Riders
4th 90 Deccan Chargers CL White KC Sangakkara Kochi Tuskers Kerala
5th 41 Delhi Daredevils Virender Sehwag TR Birt Kochi Tuskers Kerala
6th 22* Kochi Tuskers Kerala Brad Hodge R Gomez Kolkata Knight Riders
7th 36 Kochi Tuskers Kerala RA Jadeja NLTC Perera Deccan Chargers
8th 26 Kochi Tuskers Kerala RA Jadeja R Vinay Kumar Deccan Chargers
9th 1 Kochi Tuskers Kerala R Vinay Kumar S Sreesanth Deccan Chargers
10th 1 Kochi Tuskers Kerala R P Singh R Vinay Kumar Delhi Daredevils

Chirag United Club Kerala[edit]

The I-League football team Chirag United Club Kerala will play at the Nehru Stadium for the 2011–12 I-League season and may continue to if the local IPL team says yes to the club.

Kerala Strikers[edit]

The Celebrity Cricket League team Kerala Strikers is also playing in this stadium since 2012.

Edakochi Stadium[edit]

A new stadium is being built at Edakochi by the Kerala Cricket Association to take over this cricket stadium at Kochi. But the stadium work is currently facing problems from environmental activists who feel that the construction of the stadium could have adverse effects on the environment. After the new stadium is built, the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium will be used for football and athletics.

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Coordinates: 9°59′50″N 76°18′04″E / 9.997253°N 76.301036°E / 9.997253; 76.301036