Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium
|New VCA Stadium|
VCA Stadium at Jamtha, Nagpur
|Owner||Vidarbha Cricket Association|
|Operator||Vidarbha Cricket Association|
|Tenants||Vidarbha cricket team|
|First Test||6–10 November 2008:|
India v Australia
|Last Test||24–28 November 2017:|
India v Sri Lanka
|First ODI||28 October 2009:|
India v Australia
|Last ODI||1 October 2017:|
India v Australia
|First T20I||9 December 2009:|
India v Sri Lanka
|Last T20I||29 January 2017:|
India v England
|As of 24 November 2017|
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.
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.
Sachin Tendulkar said "the facilities exceeded all expectations" and Ricky Ponting commented on the comfort 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 said. 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.
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. 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. 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).
Various Format Record
- Highest team total: 610/6d, by India against Sri Lanka in 2017/18.
- Lowest team total: 79, by South Africa against India in 2015/16.
- Highest individual score: 253*, by Hashim Amla (South Africa) against India in 2010/11.
- Best bowling in an innings: 8/215, by Jason Krejza (Australia) against India in 2008/09.
- Most runs scored by a player: Virendar Sehwag 357.
- Most wickets taken: R Ashwin 19.
- 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.
- "Most runs scored by a player": MS Dhoni- 268 runs, Shane Watson- 183 runs and Virat Kohli- 170 runs.
- Best bowling in an innings: 4/33, by Mitchell Johnson against New Zealand in February 2011.
- Most wickets taken: Mitchell Johnson- 9 wickets, Dale Steyn, Ravindra Jadeja and Harbhajan Singh- 5 wickets.
- 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.
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-  Archived 2 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine
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- Official Vidarbha Cricket Association Website
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- Nagpur Photos: Jamtha Cricket Stadium