Sunday, January 30, 2011

Venue: Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground Nagpur

Location: Civil Lines, Nagpur
Established: 1975
Seating Capacity: 40,000
End Names: Jaika End, Church End
Home Team: Vidarbha
Owner: Vidarbha Cricket Association
First Test: India v New Zealand - Oct 3-8, 1969
First ODI: India v England - Jan 23, 1985

The Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground is located in the city of Nagpur, Maharashtra. The first Test match was played here on 3 October 1969 between India and New Zealand. The pitch of the venue was re-built in 1999. Subsequently, it has become favorable for the pace bowlers. The Australians fully exploited the lively conditions to conquer the 'final frontier', as they beat India to clinch the 2004 series. Known as VCA Ground, it belongs to the Central Zone. In this article, we have provided information on the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground.

Vidharbha CA Ground has been a happy hunting venue for some Indian players. The venue witnessed the successful ODI comeback of Sachin Tendulkar after recovering from elbow surgery, where he contributed 93 in a thumping Indian win. Tendulkar has an excellent record at the ground, having made three centuries in Tests and averaging over 70 in ODIs. Sunil Gavaskar scored his only one-day, and World Cup, century here, when India won by a huge margin against New Zealand in their finals of the 1987 Reliance World Cup.


    * The highest Test score at the ground is 609/6 declared by India vs. Zimbabwe in 2000-2001.
    * The lowest Test score at the ground is 109, when India competed against New Zealand in 1969-70.
    * Andy Flower made the highest individual score in Test match at the ground - 232 - against India in 2000-2001.
    * Maninder singh reached the best bowling figure at the ground, by taking 7 wickets for 51 runs against Sri Lanka in 1986-87.
    * The highest ODI score at the ground is 350/6 by India vs. Sri Lanka. in 2005-2006.
    * The lowest ODI score (154) at the ground was made by Zimbabwe against Australia in 1995/96.
    * Patrick Patterson is credited with the best bowling innings at the grounds, when his team West Indies played an ODI against India in 1987-88.


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