Holkar Stadium

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Holkar Cricket Stadium INDORE
होलकर क्रिकेट मैदान
Ground information
Location Race Course Road, Indore, Madhya Pradesh
Establishment 1990
Capacity 30,000[1]
Owner Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association
Operator Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association
Tenants Madhya Pradesh cricket team
International information
Only Test 8–12 October 2016:
 India v  New Zealand
First ODI 15 April 2006:
 India v  England
Last ODI 14 October 2015:
 India v  South Africa
Team information
Madhya Pradesh cricket team (1990 till today)
Kings XI Punjab (2017)
As of 8 October 2016
Source: ESPNcricinfo

Holkar Cricket Stadium (Hindi: होलकर क्रिकेट मैदान) is located in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. 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.[2] Indore city has another International Cricket stadium "Nehru Stadium" which was used for International matches until 31 March 2001.[3]

It has a seating capacity of around 30,000 spectators. It is also equipped with flood lights for night matches.[4] Virender Sehwag recorded the third highest ODI score of 219 at this ground.[5] Gwalior's Captain Roop Singh Stadium, another international stadium in Madhya Pradesh, is a bit smaller than Indore's Holkar Cricket Stadium.[6] 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 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 late 40's and early 50's. 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 chasing 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.[7]

Holkar Stadium hosted its maiden Test match in October 2016 when New Zealand cricket team toured India.[8] 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.[9]

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 facility 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.

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 :

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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