K. D. Singh Babu Stadium, Lucknow

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KD Singh Babu Stadium
K D Singh Babu Stadium.jpg
Aerial view of stadium
Ground information
Location Hazratganj, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Establishment 1957
Capacity 25,000[1][2]
Owner Uttar Pradesh Government[3]
Tenants Uttar Pradesh cricket team, Lucknow FC
End names
Pavilion End
Gomati End
International information
Only Test 18 Jan - 22 Jan 1994:
 India v  Sri Lanka
Only ODI 27 October 1989:
 Pakistan v  Sri Lanka
As of 16 January 2012
Source: K. D. Singh Babu Stadium, Cricinfo

The KD Singh Babu Stadium, formerly known as the Central Sports Stadium,[4] is a multi-purpose stadium named after the famous hockey player K. D. Singh.

The stadium was established in 1957 and it is located near the busy Hazratganj area of downtown Lucknow, in the heart of the city. it has a seating capacity of 25,000 and does not support floodlights for day night matches. The stadium is also the home ground for UP Cricket Team.[5] The stadium hosts domestic competitions regularly. Several International and national field hockey matches have been played here, now stadium is also used for domestic and few international cricket matches. The stadium is also sometimes used for association football games, like the District Football League matches of Lucknow. In 2012, the tournament was won by Sahara FC after defeating White Eagle Club. UP Police and Sunrise Club made it to the semi-finals that year, at the Dilkusha Grounds.


K. D. Singh Babu Stadium is the main sports hub of Lucknow,[6] it has following facilities:

  • Swimming complex[6]
  • Indoor games complex[6]
  • Synthetic tennis court[7]



K.D. Singh Babu Stadium has hosted following international matches:

  • in 1989, the MRF World Series (Nehru Cup) tournament, where Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by six runs. Imran Khan was the man of the match. This also happens to be the only ODI ever played on this ground.[8]
  • in 1993/94 season, the first Test of Sri Lanka's tour of India where India won by an innings and 119 runs. This was also the last international match played by Men's national side on this ground. India won the toss and chose to bat. Nayan Mongia made his debut and Anil Kumble was the man of the match. Even though this was a 5-day test, 4th day of the test match (21st Jan 1994) was opted as a rest day and no plays were held.[9]
  • in Women's cricket, the ground has hosted test teams from India, Australia, West Indies and New Zealand cricket teams. The first Women test started on 21st nov 1976. The last test was played on 14th Jan 2002.[10]
  • in Women's cricket, the ground has hosted ODI teams from India, England, Australia, Netherlands and West Indies cricket teams. The first Women ODI was played on 5th dec 1995. The last ODI was played on 1st Dec 2005.[11]

Records and stats[edit]

In Women's cricket, England's opening batters Caroline Atkins and Arran Brindle (aka Arran Thompson ) have broken the world record for an opening partnership for England by putting 150 on the board without loss at the end of the first day of the first Test against India in this stadium.[12][13][14]

The highest scores were made by India, scoring 511 all out and Sri Lanka 218 all out. The next highest score was also made by Sri Lanka scoring 174 all out in Test cricket. The most runs scored here was by Sachin Tendulkar (142 runs), followed by Navjot Singh (124 runs) and Roshan Mahanama (118 runs). The most wickets taken here was by Anil Kumble (11 wickets), followed by Muttiah Muralitharan (5 wickets)and Venkapathy Raju (3 wickets).

The highest scores were made by Pakistan, scoring 219-6 in ODIs. The next highest scores were made by Sri Lanka who scored 213 all out. The most runs scored here was by Imran Khan (84runs), followed by Aravinda de Silva (83 runs) and Hashan Tilllakarthane(71 runs). Wasim Akram, Abdul Qadir and Akram Reza have taken 2 wickets on this ground in ODIs.


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Coordinates: 26°51′19.40″N 80°56′15.84″E / 26.8553889°N 80.9377333°E / 26.8553889; 80.9377333