Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground

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Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground
विदर्भ क्रिकेट असोसीएशन मैदान
VCA Ground
VCA India v England 2006.jpg
VCA Ground, Civil Lines, Nagpur
Ground information
Establishment1929 (First match recorded)
OwnerVidarbha Cricket Association
OperatorVidarbha Cricket Association
End names
Jaika End
Church End
International information
First Test3 October 1965:
 India v  New Zealand
Last Test1 March 2006:
 India v  England
First ODI23 January 1985:
 India v  England
Last ODI14 October 2007:
 India v  Australia
As of 20 June 2014
Source: Cricinfo

The Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground is a cricket ground located in the city of Nagpur.[1]

The ground is known as the VCA Ground and belongs to the Central Zone. The first match was played here in October 1969. As of 19 August 2017, it has hosted nine Tests and 14 ODIs.

It has been replaced by a new stadium called Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium as an international cricket stadium. It continues to be used by the Vidarbha and Uttar Pradesh cricket teams.

Sunil Gavaskar scored his only one day century here against New Zealand in the 1987 Reliance World Cup.

In 1995, during the 5th ODI between India and New Zealand, a wall in the East Stand collapsed, killing nine people and injuring 70 others.[citation needed]


The tenth Test venue in the country, the Vidarbha Cricket Association-managed ground, probably the only international venue where you can walk straight into the ground from the road, has always made headlines for various reasons.

Chetan Sharma takes the first Cricket World Cup hat-trick in history, with the wickets of Ken Rutherford, Ian Smith and Ewen Chatfield in Nagpur. All three were bowled.[2]

Sunil Gavaskar got his only one-day, and World Cup, century here when India won by a huge margin against New Zealand in their final league encounter of the 1987 Reliance World Cup. This is the second best ground for Sachin Tendulkar when it comes to centuries. Sachin Tendulkar has three here after four in Chepauk.

It was a dark hour when in 1995, during the fifth game of the India-New Zealand ODI series, the brickwall at the East stand collapsed and nine people died.

As for the pitch, previously, it was just like any other docile pitch, till the BCCI-appointed pitch committee recommended the re-laying of the wicket in 1999. It took a while for the wicket to assume the true shape that it was designed to.

Also the unique thing about this wicket is the 30-inch deep double-brick layer normally there is a 15-inch brick layer - that facilitates in the extra pace and bounce. Surely, that was the a case when Australia conquered the `final frontier' as they beat India handsomely in the third Test to win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

The local critics were up-in-arms at how the curator ignored the home team's cause and prepared a fast wicket that helped the opposition fast bowlers. But the curator insisted that he had simply followed the instructions of the pitch panel. Today Nagpur is one of the only grounds to assist genuine fast bowlers in pace and movement and several first-class games in the 2004/05 season ended within three days as the medium-pacers reaped rich rewards.





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  1. ^ "VCA Ground". ESPN Cricinfo. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  2. ^ India vs New Zealand

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Coordinates: 21°09′26.2″N 79°04′35.5″E / 21.157278°N 79.076528°E / 21.157278; 79.076528