Interesting Facts About the Iconic Wankhede Stadium


The Wankhede Stadium ranks among the top locations in the city given that it has been host to a few historic moments in Indian Cricket. Since recently, this is considered a fortress for the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise and five-time champions, the Mumbai Indians

An average Indian cricket fan is bound to have a favourite memory (or two) involving the Wankhede Stadium, making it one of the top cricket stadiums in India. It also has a long history of hosting domestic and international cricket matches, including multiple World Cup fixtures (ODI and T20I). 

Here are some of the memorable moments from the Wankhede Stadium:  

  • Wankhede Stadium was built in 1974 and was named after the former president of the Mumbai Cricket Association S. K. Wankhede. 
  • The first test match at the ground was played between India and West Indies from Jan 23 to 29, 1975 while the first ODI was played almost 12 years later on January 17, 1987. 
  • Current Team India coach Ravi Shastri has his name etched in Wankhede history thanks to his swashbuckling 6-sixes in an over against Baroda in a Ranji Trophy game during the 1984-85 season. The bowler on the receiving end of the carnage was Baroda left-arm spinner, Tilak Raj.
  • The stadium has stands named after legendary Mumbai cricketers such as Vijay Merchant, Sunil Gavaskar, and Sachin Tendulkar as well as notable cricket administrators like Vithal Divecha. 
  • India lifted the 2011 World Cup Trophy at the Wankhede Stadium on the 2nd of April, 2011 after beating Sri Lanka in the final. This remains one of the most iconic victories in Indian cricketing history. 
  • Sachin Tendulkar played his last test match (also his 200th) at this historic stadium on November 14, 2013, against the West Indies.Mumbai IndiansMumbai Indians
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