Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground
VCA Ground, Civil Lines, Nagpur
|Establishment||1929 (First match recorded)|
|Owner||Vidarbha Cricket Association|
|Operator||Vidarbha Cricket Association|
|First Test||3 October 1965:|
India v New Zealand
|Last Test||1 March 2006:|
India v England
|First ODI||23 January 1985:|
India v England
|Last ODI||14 October 2007:|
India v Australia
|As of 20 June 2014|
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Highest team total: 609/6 dec, by India against Zimbabwe in 2000/01, then 570/7 and 546/9, all by India.
- Lowest team total: 109, by India against New Zealand in 1969/70.
- Highest individual score: 232*, by Andy Flower against India in 2000/01.
- Most runs scored by Sachin Tendulkar (659 runs), Rahul Dravid (423 runs) and Andy Flower (298 runs).
- Best bowling in an innings: 7/51, by Maninder Singh against Sri Lanka in 1986/87.
- Leading wicket takers Anil Kumble (20 wickets), Zaheer Khan (12 wickets) and Maninder Singh (10 wickets).
One Day International
- Highest team total: 350, by India against Sri Lanka in 2005/06, New Zealand 348/3 and India 338/3.
- Lowest team total: 154, by Zimbabwe against Australia in 1995/96.
- Highest individual score: 149, by Shivnarine Chanderpaul against India in 2006/07.
- Most runs scored by Sourav Ganguly (398 runs), Rahul Dravid (392 runs) and Sachin Tendulkar (390 runs).
- Best bowling in an innings: 6/29, by Patrick Patterson against India in 1987/88.
- Leading wicket takers were Ravi Shastri (8 wickets), Patrick Patterson (6 wickets) and Abdul Qadir (6 wickets).
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