Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Kochi)

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Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium
Yellow Arena, Home Of 12th Man
Jewharlal Nehru Stadium Kochi ISL 2016 Final.jpg
The Stadium during an ISL match of Kerala Blasters
LocationKaloor, Kochi, India
Coordinates9°59′50″N 76°18′04″E / 9.99722°N 76.30111°E / 9.99722; 76.30111Coordinates: 9°59′50″N 76°18′04″E / 9.99722°N 76.30111°E / 9.99722; 76.30111
Public transitJ. L. N. Stadium metro station
OwnerGreater Cochin Development Authority
OperatorGreater Cochin Development Authority
Executive suites109
Capacity60,500 (Limited to 39,000 for ISL)[1]
Record attendance100,000 (India vs Iraq 1997)[2]
SurfaceRiviera Bermuda Grass
Opened1996; 25 years ago (1996)
India National Football Team (1997–present)
India National Cricket Team (1997-present)
Kerala State Football Team (1997–present)
Kerala Cricket Team (1998–present)
Kerala Blasters FC (2014–present)
FC Kochin (1999–2002)
Kochi Tuskers Kerala (2011)
Chirag United Club Kerala (2011–2012)
Kerala Strikers (2012–2017)

Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium, locally known as Kaloor Stadium, is a multi-purpose international stadium in Kochi, Kerala. The stadium has a capacity of 60,500 spectators.[3] For Indian Super League matches it is restricted to 39,000 as only lower and middle tiers of the stadium are rented out for the matches.[4][5][6] The building of a world-class international sports stadium in Kerala was sanctioned by the government of the late Chief minister of Kerala, K. Karunakaran. The stadium was completed ahead of schedule in 1996 by the Greater Cochin Development Authority led by V. Joseph Thomas IPS.[7][8] The stadium is widely touted to be one of the noisiest football stadiums in the world.[9]

The stadium has played host to a number of international cricket and football matches but after 2014 it didn't hold any cricket match due to ISL . The extensive grounds of the stadium serve as venue for important exhibitions, cinema events and political rallies in the city. 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 Structure of the tower is itself one of a kind in India.[10][11] Greater Cochin Development Authority leased out the Jawaharlal Nehru International stadium at Kaloor to the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) for a period of 30 years.

The stadium acts as the home ground for teams including Kerala cricket team, Kerala Blasters FC (Indian Super League). Stadium holds the privilege of having the fifth loudest crowd (128 db) in the world,[12] during ISL 2016 final match where Kerala Blasters played against Atletico de Kolkata.

Kochi was one of the six host cities for 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup held in India.[13] As of 19 August 2017, the stadium has hosted 10 ODIs.


Early years and Football's popularity[edit]

The Kaloor Stadium was originally constructed as a football stadium. But considering that Kerala is one of the few regions in India where football enjoys considerable popularity it was used for football matches also. Indeed, in a match between India and Iraq in 1997, approximately 1,00,000 spectators filled up the venue, thus overcrowding it, which remains a record at this place. This was in the Nehru Cup International Football Tournament in 1997, which was the first tournament at the venue. The stadium won several laurels for being constructed in a timely manner.[14] The stadium was completed under the watchful eyes of late V. Joseph Thomas IPS who was the head of the Greater Cochin Development Authority. He was a huge fan of soccer from his college days at St. Thomas College, Palai and also served as the patron of the Kerala State Athletics Association.[15] The stadium was inaugurated by then President of India Shankar Dayal Sharma in 1996. It has 1.3 kilometres in outer circle.

International Cricket[edit]

After 1998, football went down and Cricket took the centre-stage for many years, drawing sell-out and high money grossing games. In fact, the highest money grosser at the venue was made in a cricket ODI match between India and its arch-rival Pakistan in April 2005. The first ODI played on this ground was between India and Australia on 1 April 1998.

Kaloor stadium hosted the first match India played after Sachin Tendulkar's retirement. The pavilion was renamed as Sachin Tendulkar pavilion as an honour to him before this match between India and West Indies on 21 November 2013 which India won by 6 wickets.

The stadium underwent a massive renovation including a modern turf, an aesthetic modern roofing and a four-lane road from the south side of the stadium.

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.

Return of Football and the ISL[edit]

Stadium before the start of an ISL match

In 2011, Chirag United claimed the tenancy of the venue. However, the premier football club of India was still not able to fill up the stadium's massive capacity.[16] Football returned to prominence at the venue after the launch of Indian Super League in 2014. The stadium is the home ground to Kerala Blasters, co-owned by Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, who has massive fan-following in the city. Some of the games involving the home team drew crowds in excess of 55,000 in the inaugural edition.[17]

The first Indian Super League game at the stadium was on 6 November 2014, when the Kerala Blasters FC hosted the FC Goa. It was the first ISL match for the Kerala Blasters. The stadium had an average attendance of over 40,000 for the Indian Super League matches in 2014. The game between Kerala Blasters FC and Chennaiyin FC saw 61,323 spectators on 30 November 2014.

The stadium was the venue for 2013 Santosh Trophy finals.

In popular culture[edit]

The famous "Maro Maro" song composed by A.R.Rahman for the Tamil movie Boys directed by Shankar, climax scenes of the Tamil movie Velayudham starring Vijay, Malayalam movie Run Baby Run starring Mohanlal and many other Indian Films were shot in 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 first.

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 first.

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 first.

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 first.

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 first.

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 first.

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.

8 October 2014
Shikhar Dhawan 68 (92)
Marlon Samuels 2/10 (3 overs)
Marlon Samuels 126 (116)
Mohammed Shami 4/66 (9 overs)
West Indies won by 124 runs
Umpires: IJ Gould( England) and S Ravi( India)
Player of the match: MN Samuels (West Indies)
  • India won the toss and elected to field 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 a 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 15333 million, and elected to base its team in Kochi.[18]

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: 321/6 (50 overs) by West Indies vs. India on 8 October 2014.
  • 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: Marlon Samuels (West Indies) 126* runs from 116 balls vs. India on 8 October 2014.
  • Average 1st innings total : 273
  • Average 2nd innings total : 225


Highest Partnerships by wicket[edit]

Wicket Runs Team Players Opposition
1st 235  South Africa Gary Kirsten Herschelle Gibbs  India
2nd 76  India Rahul Dravid IK Pathan  England
3rd 201  India Rahul Dravid Virender Sehwag  Pakistan
4th 165  West Indies Denesh Ramdin Marlon Samuels  India
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

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

One Day Internationals[edit]

No. Score Player Team Balls Inns. Opposing team Date Result
1 105* Ajay Jadeja  India 109 1  Australia 1 April 1998 Won[19]
2 115 Gary Kirsten  South Africa 123 1  India 9 March 2000 Won[20]
3 111 Herschelle Gibbs  South Africa 127 1  India 9 March 2000 Won[20]
4 108 Virender Sehwag  India 95 1  Pakistan 2 April 2005 Won[21]
5 104 Rahul Dravid  India 139 1  Pakistan 2 April 2005 Won[21]
6 126* Marlon Samuels  West Indies 106 1  India 8 October 2014 Lost[22]

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.

One Day Internationals[edit]

No. Bowler Date Team Opposing team Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 Sachin Tendulkar 1 April 1998  India  Australia 2 10 32 5 3.2 Won [19]
2 Sachin Tendulkar 2 April 2005  India  Pakistan 2 10 50 5 5 Won [21]

IPL Records at Venue[edit]

Highest Partnerships by wicket[edit]

Wicket Runs Team Players Opposition
1st 80 Kochi Tuskers Kerala Brendon McCullum V.V.S.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

Kerala Blasters FC[edit]

The stadium is the official home ground for the Kerala Blasters FC in Indian Super League since 2014. Kerala Blasters had won their first ISL home match against FC Goa for 1–0 conducted on 06/11/2014.

The game between Kerala Blasters FC and Chennaiyin FC saw 59,323 spectators on 30 November 2014. Kerala Blasters has the highest average attendances (47,427) for football clubs outside of Europe in domestic league matches.[23]

Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Blasters Matchday

In the inaugural season of Indian Super League, Kerala Blasters finished fourth in the group stages with 19 points from 14 games and qualified for Semi-final after beating Pune City FC. Kerala Blasters FC was unbeaten in six of their seven home games. In semi-final which happened to be the last home match of this year for Kerala Blasters FC, Kerala Blasters FC won in emphatic fashion by trouncing toppers Chennaiyin FC with scoreline 3–0. One of the goals was scored by Malayali midfielder Sushanth Mathew away from 30 yards through a curling long-ranger, shot over renowned footballers Alessandro Nesta and Mikaël Silvestre and it became a proud and memorable moment for sports fans in Kerala.[24] The opening ceremony of Hero Indian Super League 2017/18 was hosted in the stadium.

Chirag United Club Kerala[edit]

The former I-League football team Chirag United Club Kerala (erstwhile Viva Kerala) played their home matches in the stadium for the 2011–12 I-League season.

2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup[edit]

On 5 December 2013, the FIFA Executive Committee chaired by FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter decided that host of 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup will be India[25] upon evaluation of bid sent by AIFF with Kochi as one of the eight possible venues.[26] Later, Chief Minister of Kerala Mr.Oommen Chandy stated that they will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Sports Ministry in that regard after an exclusive cabinet meet on the issue.[27] Government has appointed senior IAS officer Mr. APM Mohammed Hanish as Nodal Officer as per Fifa's direction.[28]

On December 11, 2014, FIFA team inspected the stadium and emphasised to improve the quality of pitch and need of bucket seats in the second tier of the stadium. With Kochi registering an average crowd of 47,000 for ISL, the city has gathered attention from the authorities in terms of attracting crowd.

On 6 April 2015, AIFF cleared Kochi as one of the venues after receiving FIFA's technical committee report. Delhi, Mumbai, Guwahati, Goa and Kolkata are the other venues.[13]

Kerala Strikers[edit]

The Celebrity Cricket League team Kerala Strikers played its home matches in the stadium since 2012.


Stadium Link Road

The Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium is located in the heart of the city. It lies beside the Banerjee Road between Kaloor and Palarivattom, a common stretch among many city bus routes. The Stadium Link Road from the southern side allows access from Thammanam and Kathrikadavu, although there is no public transport along this route. The stadium is situated at 2.5 and 5.2 km (1.6 and 3.2 mi) from the North (Town) and South (Junction) railway stations respectively.

All city buses passing through the Kaloor-Palarivattom stretch have a stop at the stadium. The JLN Stadium metro station of the Kochi Metro is situated right in front of the stadium. The presence of a prominent bus stop as well as a metro station makes it a prime location and one which can be easily accessed from any part of the city.

See also[edit]


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  24. ^ "Sushanth Mathew: 'I pulled off Cristiano trick'". Nikhil Jitendran. Goal.com. 15 December 2014.
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