Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium
VCA Stadium at civil lines, Nagpur
|Owner||Vidarbha Cricket Association|
|Operator||Vidarbha Cricket Association|
|Tenants||Vidarbha cricket team|
|First Test||6–10 November 2008:
India v Australia
|Last Test||25–27 November 2015:
India v South Africa
|First ODI||28 October 2009:
India v Australia
|Last ODI||30 October 2013:
India v Australia
|First T20I||9 December 2009:
India v Sri Lanka
|Last T20I||29 January 2017:
India v England
|As of 29 January 2017
The Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium also known as New VCA stadium is a cricket ground built in 2008 located in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India,and it is largest cricket stadium in India in terms of field area.
The ground was inaugurated in 2008 and it replaced the old Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground as the main stadium in the city. The new Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium is a top class venue which has been praised by the International Cricket Council
Sachin Tendulkar said,"the facilities exceeded all expectations." Ricky Ponting commented about the comforts in the changing rooms. 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 had said. It has 80 Yard Straight & 85 Yard Square Leg Boundaries,which makes it one of the largest ground (playing area wise) in the world.
Lalit Modi gushed that the VCA was "by far the best stadium in India".The swanky stadium has been praised not only by the players but also by commentators and journalists because of the facilities in the VCA Stadium. 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 hosted at this venue was the 4th Test between India and Australia (Nov 2008), which India won by 172 runs. The Aussie spinner Jason Krejza finished with 12 wickets, while Harbhajan Singh claimed seven.
The current president of the VCA is Mr.Praksh Dixit . Four matches were played here during the 2011 Cricket World Cup. The highest Test scores were by India- 566/8, 558/6 and 441/10. The most runs were scored by Virendar Sehwag(357 runs), Sachin Tendulkar(289 runs) and Hashim Amla(253 runs).
The leading wicket takers were Harbhajan Singh(13 wickets), Jason Krejza(12 wickets) and Ishant Sharma(11 wickets). The highest ODI scores were by India 354/6, India 351/4, Australia 350/6, New Zealand 302/7 and India 301/7. The most runs were scored by Mahendra Singh Dhoni (243 runs), Sachin Tendulkar(158 runs) and Gautam Gambhir(147runs). The leading wicket takers were Mitchell Johnson(7 wickets), Dale Steyn(5 wickets) and Harbhajan Singh(5 wickets).
- Highest team total: 566/8d, by India against New Zealand in 2010/11.
- Lowest team total: 79, by South Africa against India in 2015/16.
- Highest individual score: 253*, by Hashim Amla against India in 2010/11.
- Best bowling in an innings: 8/215, by Jason Krejza against India in 2008/09.
- Highest team total: 354/7, by India against Australia in 2009/10
- Lowest team total: 123, by Canada against Zimbabwe on 28 February 2011.
- Highest individual score: 156, by George Bailey against India in 2013/14.
- Best bowling in an innings: 4/33, by Mitchell Johnson against New Zealand in February 2011.
- Highest team total: 219/5, by Sri Lanka against India in 2009/10.
- Lowest team total: 79/10, by India against New Zealand in 2016/17.
- Highest individual score: 78, by Kumar Sangakkara against India in 2009/10.
- Best bowling in an innings: 4/11 by Mitchell Santner against India in 2016/17.
- Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground
- List of Test cricket grounds
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