Holkar Stadium

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Holkar Stadium
Maharani Usha Raje Cricket Stadium Indore - panoramio.jpg
Ground information
LocationRace Course Road, Indore, India
OwnerMadhya Pradesh Cricket Association
OperatorMadhya Pradesh Cricket Association
TenantsMadhya Pradesh cricket team
International information
First Test8–11 October 2016:
 India v  New Zealand
Last Test14–16 November 2019:
 India v  Bangladesh
First ODI15 April 2006:
 India v  England
Last ODI24 September 2017:
 India v  Australia
First T20I22 December 2017:
 India v  Sri Lanka
Last T20I7 January 2020:
 India v  Sri Lanka
Team information
Madhya Pradesh cricket team (1990–present)
Kings XI Punjab (2017–present)
As of 7 January 2020
Source: Cricinfo

Holkar Cricket Stadium is located in Indore, India. It was earlier known as Maharani Usharaje Trust Cricket Ground. But in 2010, Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association renamed it after the Holkar dynasty of the Marathas that ruled Indore State.[1] Indore city has another International Cricket stadium "Nehru Stadium" which was used for International matches until 31 March 2001.[2]

It has a seating capacity of around 30,000 spectators. It is also equipped with flood lights for night matches.[3] Virender Sehwag recorded the third highest ODI score of 219 at this ground.[4] Gwalior's Captain Roop Singh Stadium, another international stadium in Madhya Pradesh, is a bit smaller than Indore's Holkar Cricket Stadium.[5] However, capacity of Captain Roop Singh Stadium is more than Indore's Holkar Cricket Stadium.

The ground stages the majority of Madhya Pradesh cricket team's home matches in the Ranji Trophy. The stadium was selected to be one of the six new Test venues in India. On 8 October 2016, Holkar stadium hosted its first Test match when India hosted New Zealand for the third and final test of the series and became the twenty-second test venue of India.


The credit for giving land for the stadium goes to the Holkar's of the Maratha Confederacy. The ruling Maratha family of Indore State encouraged and pioneered cricket in this part of the country. Holkar cricket team appeared in ten Ranji Trophy season's, reaching the final eight times and winning the title four times.

It is on the some part of this ground that an older stadium was present where the Holkar's cricket team won its three Ranji Trophy titles, in the late 1940s and early 1950s. In this sense, some part of this stadium has seen greats like C.K. Nayudu and Mushtaq Ali playing for Ranji Trophy.

The stadium has hosted four One Day Internationals, two of them between India and England. The first was staged on 15 April 2006, India successfully chased 289 to complete a 5-0 series win in what was a dead rubber. Its second international match came two and a half years later when England next toured, India again winning. The other two were against West Indies and South Africa.

The Stadium hosted its first ever IPL match on 13 May 2011. The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi is the home venue for the Indian Premier League team Kochi Tuskers Kerala and officially hosted 5 home-matches of the franchise. The remaining 2 home matches were played at the Holkar Cricket Stadium. In 2017, Kings XI Punjab selected the Holkar stadium as one of their home grounds for three IPL matches.

Virender Sehwag made the highest runs in a limited over innings of cricket 219 here on 8 December 2011 against West Indies, which was later broken by Rohit Sharma.

In November 2015, the stadium was selected to be one of the six new Test venues along with Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, JSCA International Stadium Complex, Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium and Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in India.[6]

Holkar Stadium hosted its maiden Test match in October 2016 when New Zealand cricket team toured India.[7] India defeated New Zealand by 321 runs on the fourth day to complete a 3-0 series whitewash.

The Stadium was selected to host the final of the 2016-17 edition of the Ranji Trophy from 10 January 2017.[8]

Stadium hosted 2 international matches in 2017, One Day International between Indian Cricket Team & Australian Cricket Team was played on 24 September 2017 whereas T20 International between Indian Cricket Team & Sri Lanka Cricket Team was played in December 2017.[9] In this T20I match Rohit Sharma scored his 2nd T20I century. He scored 118 runs from 43 balls[10]

Naming of various landmarks around the stadium[edit]

In 2011, a committee was formed to decide the naming of Pavilion, Dressing Rooms and Stands/Galleries around the stadium. This committee had Surya Prakash Chaturvedi as the chairman. As per the recommendations of the committee following landmarks have been named :

Ground profile[edit]

It is currently used mainly for cricket matches. The stadium was built in 2003 and has a capacity of 30,000 seats. It has floodlight facilities to host a D/N match and has one of the best draining facilities in India. India are undefeated at this stadium, having won all four One Day Internationals and the only Test they have played at the venue.

This is considered one of the smallest grounds in terms of field size to have hosted international cricket in the world. The straight boundaries are a mere 68 meters while the square ones aren't more than 56 meters. Along with these features, a flat pitch with true bounce where the ball normally comes on to the bat well, a lightning fast outfield and altitude over 500m above sea level making the ball travel much further when hit into the air make this ground a batsman's paradise.

List of Centuries[edit]


  • * denotes that the batsman was not out.
  • Inns. denotes the number of the innings in the match.
  • Balls denotes the number of balls faced in an innings.
  • NR denotes that the number of balls was not recorded.
  • Parentheses next to the player's score denotes his century number at Edgbaston.
  • The column title Date refers to the date the match started.
  • The column title Result refers to the player's team result

Test Centuries[edit]

No. Score Player Team Balls Inns. Opposing team Date Result
1 211 Virat Kohli  India 366 1  New Zealand 8 October 2016 Won[14]
2 188 Ajinkya Rahane  India 381 1  New Zealand 8 October 2016 Won[14]
3 101* Cheteshwar Pujara  India 148 3  New Zealand 8 October 2016 Won[14]
4 243 Mayank Agarwal  India 330 2  Bangladesh 14 November 2019 Won[15]

One Day Internationals[edit]

No. Score Player Team Balls Inns. Opposing team Date Result
1 118 Yuvraj Singh  India 122 1  England 17 November 2008 Won[16]
2 219 Virender Sehwag  India 149 1  West Indies 8 December 2011 Won[17]
3 124 Aaron Finch  Australia 125 1  India 24 September 2017 Lost[18]

Twenty20 Internationals[edit]

No. Score Player Team Balls Inns. Opposing team Date Result
1 118 Rohit Sharma  India 43 1  Sri Lanka 22 December 2017 Won[19]

List of Five Wicket Hauls[edit]


Symbol Meaning
dagger The bowler was man of the match
double-dagger 10 or more wickets taken in the match
§ One of two five-wicket hauls by the bowler in the match
Date Day the Test started or ODI was held
Inn Innings in which five-wicket haul was taken
Overs Number of overs bowled.
Runs Number of runs conceded
Wkts Number of wickets taken
Econ Runs conceded per over
Batsmen Batsmen whose wickets were taken
Drawn The match was drawn.


No. Bowler Date Team Opposing team Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 Ravichandran Ashwin daggerdouble-dagger § 8 October 2016  India  New Zealand 2 27.2 81 6 2.96 Won [14]
2 Ravichandran Ashwin daggerdouble-dagger § 8 October 2016  India  New Zealand 4 13.5 59 7 4.26 Won [14]

One Day Internationals[edit]

No. Bowler Date Team Opposing team Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 S. Sreesanth dagger 15 April 2006  India  England 1 10 55 6 5.50 Won[20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Usha Raje is now Holkar cricket stadium". Dainik Bhaskar Online Edition, dated 2010-08-23. Archived from the original on 27 August 2010. Retrieved 29 August 2010.
  2. ^ "Nehru Stadium | India | Cricket Grounds | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Maharani Usha Raje Cricket Stadium in Indore". Archived from the original on 13 January 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  4. ^ "Virender Sehwag scores a double century, breaks Sachin Tendulkar's record". Cricket Country. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Sachin Tendulkar's knock was slightly better, says MPCA curator : Cricket, News - India Today". Indiatoday.intoday.in. 10 December 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  6. ^ BCCI revamps selection committee, announces new Test centres
  7. ^ BCCI ushers in big home season: 13 Tests, six new venues
  8. ^ "Indore to host Ranji Trophy final". Cricbuzz. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Kolkata, Delhi, Nagpur to host Sri Lanka Tests, Guwahati gets Australia T20I - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Rohit Sharma slams joint fastest T20I century off 35 balls". India Today. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  11. ^ "'This is the most energetic Test crowd I have ever seen anywhere in the world'". 12 October 2016.
  12. ^ "The guy who keeps Hindi commentary alive in cricket". ReDiff. 28 March 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  13. ^ "Naming 'SUSHIL DOSHI COMMENTATORS BOX'". YouTube video. MPCA Exclusive. 19 February 2013. Archived from the original on 9 July 2017. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  14. ^ a b c d e "3rd Test, New Zealand tour of India at Indore, Oct 8-11 2016". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  15. ^ "1st Test, ICC World Test Championship at Indore, Nov 14-18 2019". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  16. ^ "2nd ODI, England tour of India at Indore, Nov 17 2008". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  17. ^ "4th ODI (D/N), West Indies tour of India at Indore, Dec 8 2011". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  18. ^ "3rd ODI (D/N), Australia tour of India at Indore, Sep 24 2017". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  19. ^ "2nd T20I, Sri Lanka tour of India at Indore, Dec 22 2017". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  20. ^ "7th ODI, England tour of India at Indore, Apr 15 2006". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 August 2019.

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Coordinates: 22°43′27.49″N 75°52′47.90″E / 22.7243028°N 75.8799722°E / 22.7243028; 75.8799722