Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium

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Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium
New VCA Stadium
VCA Nagpur,India.jpg
VCA Stadium at Jamtha, Nagpur
LocationNagpur, Maharashtra
Establishment2008
Capacity45,000
OwnerVidarbha Cricket Association
ArchitectShashi Prabhu[1]
OperatorVidarbha Cricket Association
TenantsVidarbha cricket team
End names
Secretary End
Pavilion End
First Test6–10 November 2008:
 India v  Australia
Last Test24–28 November 2017:
 India v  Sri Lanka
First ODI28 October 2009:
 India v  Australia
Last ODI1 October 2017:
 India v  Australia
First T20I9 December 2009:
 India v  Sri Lanka
Last T20I29 January 2017:
 India v  England
As of 24 November 2017
Source: Cricinfo

The Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium (Marathi: विदर्भ क्रिकेट असोसिएशन स्टेडियम) also known as New VCA stadium is a cricket ground in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. It is the largest cricket stadium in India in terms of field area.

The ground, located at Jamtha on the southern outskirts of Nagpur, was inaugurated in 2008, replacing the old Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground as the city's main stadium. The qualities of the stadium have been praised by the International Cricket Council.[2]

VCA Stadium is the home ground for the Vidarbha and Central Zone teams for the domestic Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy tournaments, respectively. As of 19 August 2017 it has hosted five Tests, seven ODIs and 11 T20Is.

Overview[edit]

Layout of the VCA Stadium

Sachin Tendulkar said "the facilities exceeded all expectations" and Ricky Ponting commented on the comfort in the changing rooms.[3] Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Warne was extremely pleased with the "largeness of the ground" after his team’s two-run win over Deccan Chargers. "Michael Lumb's slog to deep mid-wicket found a fielder. Now, if this was M. A. Chidambaram Stadium or M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, then that ball would have landed in a taxi going to the team hotel. We need big grounds like these," Warne said.[4] It has 80-yard straight boundaries and 85-yard square boundaries, which makes it one of the largest grounds (in terms of playing area) in the world.[5]

Lalit Modi said the VCA was "by far the best stadium in India". The stadium has been praised not only by the players but also by commentators and journalists because of the facilities.[5] Alan Wilkins said, "It is a fabulous stadium, a Colosseum here in Nagpur. It has the most impressive Press box for the travelling media. It really is a wonderful venue."

The first international match at this venue was the Fourth Test between India and Australia in November 2008, which India won by 172 runs. The Australian spinner Jason Krejza finished with 12 wickets, while Harbhajan Singh claimed seven for India.

Four matches were played at the stadium during the 2011 Cricket World Cup.[6] The highest Test scores are by India: 566/8, 558/6 and 441. The leading run scorers in Tests are Virendar Sehwag (357), Sachin Tendulkar (289) and Hashim Amla (253). The leading wicket takers in a Test are Harbhajan Singh (13 wickets), Jason Krejza (12) and Ishant Sharma (11). The highest ODI scores are by India 354/6, India 351/4, Australia 350/6, New Zealand 302/7 and India 301/7. The leading scorers in ODIs are Mahendra Singh Dhoni (243), Sachin Tendulkar(158) and Gautam Gambhir (147). The leading wicket takers in ODIs are Mitchell Johnson (7 wickets), Dale Steyn (5) and Harbhajan Singh (5).

Panoramic view of VCA Stadium, Nagpur

Various Format Record[edit]

Test Records[edit]

ODI Records[edit]

T20I Records[edit]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rajaram, Sowmya (2011-03-27). "Going for WC finals? You've bought backache and discomfort for Rs 12,500". Mid-day.com. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  2. ^ Nagpur likely to host third India-New Zealand Test – Times Of India. Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com (2010-07-02). Retrieved on 2013-12-23.
  3. ^ "Spectator-friendly minus the spectators". Cricinfo.
  4. ^ Bowlers in with a chance at the VCA stadium in Nagpur – Sport – DNA. Dnaindia.com. Retrieved on 2013-12-23.
  5. ^ a b [1] Archived 2 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 January 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2009.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Big-hitting Dhoni helps level series | India v Australia, 2nd ODI, Nagpur Report | Cricket News. ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved on 2013-12-23.

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Coordinates: 21°00′48.86″N 79°02′22.57″E / 21.0135722°N 79.0396028°E / 21.0135722; 79.0396028