Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium

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Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium
विदर्भ क्रिकेट असोसीएशन मैदान
VCA Jamtha 1.JPG
VCA Stadium at Jamtha, Nagpur
Ground information
Location Jamtha, Nagpur, Maharashtra
Establishment 2008
Capacity 45,000
Owner Vidarbha Cricket Association
Architect Shashi Prabhu[1]
Operator Vidarbha Cricket Association
Tenants Vidarbha cricket team
End names
Secretary End
Pavilion End
International information
First Test 6-10 Nov 2008: India v Australia
Last Test 13-17 Dec 2012: India v England
First ODI 28 Oct 2009: India v Australia
Last ODI 30 October 2013: India v Australia
Only T20I 9 Dec 2009: India v Sri Lanka
As of 16 March, 2011
Source: Cricinfo

The Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium (Marathi:विदर्भ क्रिकेट असोसीएशन मैदान) also known as New VCA stadium is a Test cricket ground built in 2008 in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India.


The ground was inaugurated in 2008 and it replaced the old Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground as the main stadium in the city. The new Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium is a top class venue which has been praised by the International Cricket Council[2]

VCA Stadium is the home ground for the Vidharba and Central Zone teams for the domestic Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy tournaments, respectively.

Facilities[edit]

Layout of the VCA Stadium

Vidarbha Cricket Association launched its new venue at Jamtha in early November 2008. Spread over 33 acres (130,000 m2), VCA Stadium is a swanky stadium with 45000 sitting capacity, world-class training and practice facilities for the players, along with score of other facilities than one can think of.

Located, 16 km. on Nagpur – Hyderabad National Highway 7, this piece of ultra modern sport facility, by far it is the best cricket stadium in India in terms of facilities.Spacious and well furnished pavilion with a decent sit out, mini gymnasium, exclusive lunch hall, medical room etc. completes the all round facility for the players. Special air-conditioned enclosure for the members at the Southern end is an added attraction.

The Corporate facility has further been enhanced with the setting up of thirty eight corporate boxes with hospitality services attached. Match officials including ICC observers and umpires have all been provided separate and exclusive facility alongside the players.

The ultra modern, Press Box provides the media personnel with international standard facility and is well equipped with advanced communication facility for its smooth operations.[3] The stadium has four stands.

The East and West stands are open to air stands with two tiers. The three tier North stand houses the Commercial box, Presidents Room, Secretary's Box, Security Central, Board rooms etc. The South stand also has three tiers and houses the players pavilion, media room, players gym etc.

The ground in its entire splendour is well equipped to organize Day / Night matches. This fully chaired arena has all round roofing for the comfort of its spectators and has decent free ways for spectator movements.[3]

Sachin Tendulkar said,"the facilities exceeded all expectations." Ricky Ponting gushed about the comforts in the changing rooms.[4] Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Warne was extremely pleased with the “largeness of the ground” after his team’s two-run win over Deccan Chargers. “Michael Lumb's slog to deep mid-wicket found a fielder. Now, if this was M. A. Chidambaram Stadium or M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, then that ball would have landed in a taxi going to the team hotel. We need big grounds like these,” Warne had said.[5] It has 80 Yard Straight & 85 Yard Square Leg Boundaries,which makes it one of the largest ground (playing area wise) in the world.[6]

Lalit Modi gushed that the VCA was "by far the best stadium in India".The swanky stadium has been praised not only by the players but also by commentators and journalists because of the facilities in the VCA Stadium.[6] Alan Wilkins said "It is a fabulous stadium,a Colosseum here in Nagpur.It has the most impressive Press box for the travelling media.It really is a wonderful venue."

The first international match hosted at this venue was the 4th Test between India and Australia (Nov 2008), which India won by 172 runs. The Aussie spinner Jason Krejza finished with 12 wickets, while Harbhajan Singh claimed seven.

The current president of the VCA is Mr.Praksh Dixit .[7] Four matches were played here during the 2011 Cricket World Cup.[8] The highest Test scores were by India- 566/8, 558/6 and 441/10. The most runs were scored by Virendar Sehwag(357 runs), Sachin Tendulkar(289 runs) and Hashim Amla(253 runs).

The leading wicket takers were Harbhajan Singh(13 wickets), Jason Krejza(12 wickets) and Ishant Sharma(11 wickets). The highest ODI scores were by India 354/6, India 351/4, Australia 350/6, New Zealand 302/7 and India 301/7. The most runs were scored by Mahendra Singh Dhoni (243 runs), Sachin Tendulkar(158 runs) and Gautam Gambhir(147runs). The leading wicket takers were Mitchell Johnson(7 wickets), Dale Steyn(5 wickets) and Harbhajan Singh(5 wickets).

Test Records[edit]

ODI Records[edit]

T20I Records[edit]

Matches[edit]

Tests[edit]

6–10 November 2008
scorecard
India 
441 (124.5 overs) & 295 (82.4 overs)
v
 Australia
355 (134.4 overs) & 209 (50.2 overs)
India won by 172 runs
6–9 February 2010
Scorecard
South Africa 
558/6d (176 overs)
v
 India
233 (64.4 overs) & 319 (107.1 overs)
South Africa won by an innings and 6 runs
20–23 November 2010
Scorecard
New Zealand 
193 (66.3 overs) & 175 (55.2 overs)
v
 India
566/8d (165 overs)
India won by an innings and 198 runs
13–17 December 2012
Scorecard
England 
330 (145.5 overs) & 352/6 (152 overs)
v
 India
326/9d (143 overs)
Draw

ODI[edit]

28 October 2009 (D/N)
Scorecard
India 
354/7 (50 overs)
v
 Australia
255 (48.3 overs)
India won by 99 runs
19 December 2009 (D/N)
Scorecard
India 
301/7 (50 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
302/7 (49.1 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 3 wickets
22 February 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
Netherlands 
292/6 (50 overs)
v
 England
296/4 (48.4 overs)
England won by 6 wickets
25 February 2011
Scorecard
New Zealand 
206 (45.1 overs)
v
 Australia
207/3 (34 overs)
Australia won by 7 wickets
28 February 2011
Scorecard
Zimbabwe 
298/9 (50 overs)
v
 Canada
123 (41.3 overs)
Zimbabwe won by 175 runs
12 March 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
India 
296 (48.4 overs)
v
 South Africa
300/7 (49.4 overs)
South Africa won by 3 wickets
30 October 2013 (D/N)
Scorecard
India 
351/4 (49.3 overs)
v
 Australia
350/6 (50 overs)
India won by 6 wickets

T20I[edit]

9 December 2009 (D/N)
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
215/5 (20 overs)
v
 India
186/9 (20 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 29 runs

IPL[edit]

5 April 2010 (D/N)
Scorecard
Rajasthan Royals
159 (19.5 overs)
v
Deccan Chargers
157 (19.5 overs)
Rajasthan Royals won by 2 runs
10 April 2010 (D/N)
Scorecard
Deccan Chargers
139/4 (20 overs)
v
Chennai Super Kings
138/8 (19.1 overs)
Deccan Chargers won by 6 wickets
12 April 2010 (D/N)
Scorecard
Deccan Chargers
151/6 (20 overs)
v
Deccan Chargers won by 13 runs

India at the VCA Stadium[edit]

  • Test Matches - India has won 2 of the 4 test matches played at this venue.1 match ends with a draw.
  • ODI - India has won 2 of the 4 ODIs played at this venue.
  • T20I - India lost the only T20I played here against Sri Lanka.

Gallery[edit]

Photo Gallery of the VCA Stadium
The on ground scorecard and big screen control room. 
VCA at night. 
The corporate box in north wing. 

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 21°00′48.86″N 79°02′22.57″E / 21.0135722°N 79.0396028°E / 21.0135722; 79.0396028