IPL 2022 – The definitive guide to the Wankhede Stadium

The IPL is due to begin on March 26 at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, with a match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders. Both teams will be looking to get off to a successful start in the IPL by winning their first game in Mumbai. All 70 games will be played among four sites in Maharashtra, according to new standards, providing undeniable assistance to Mumbai Indians who will enjoy playing at home.

Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai is recognized as the country’s most renowned cricket stadium, and it has left a lasting impression on all cricket lovers. Wankhede Stadium holds a significant place in Indian history because it hosted the 2011 World Cup final, in which India won the trophy for the first time in 20 years.

In this article, we are going to walk you through everything you need to know about the fabled and iconic Wankhede Stadium.

The Origin Story

The Cricket Club of India, which controls Brabourne Stadium, and the Bombay Cricket Association (now MCA) fought over the allocation of seats for cricket matches, and the result was India’s most iconic stadium. BCA erected the new stadium in South Bombay near the Churchgate station on the initiative of S.K. Wankhede, then-secretary of the Mumbai Cricket Association.

It took about 13 months to construct and was completed in time for the 1975 final Test between India and the West Indies. Shashi Prabhu was the stadium’s designer. Since then, Wankhede Stadium has risen to prominence as the city’s primary cricket facility. In 1974, the Association’s President, Barrister Sheshrao Wankhede, was honored with the name Wankhede Stadium.

Currently, the Wankhede Stadium at full capacity can hold up to 33,108 fans.

The first match that was played at the Wankhede Stadium

India took on the West Indies in the first match that was hosted at the Wankhede Stadium. Clive Lloyd struck an undefeated 242, but India lost by 201 runs in Pataudi’s final hurrah. Crowd disturbances also occurred during the game, when a supporter who ran onto the field to welcome Lloyd was harassed by police.

Some memorable moments 

Ravi Shastri hit six sixes in an over off Baroda’s Tilak Raj in the Ranji Trophy in 1984–85, en route to the fastest double-hundred in first-class cricket. At this ground, his unbeaten 200 in 113 minutes off 123 balls with 13 fours and 13 sixes is the quickest in first-class cricket.

Additionally, the stadium hosted Sachin Tendulkar’s final international match in 2013.

Virat Kohli’s 235 against England in 2016–17 is the best score by an Indian at the Wankhede Stadium.

The Wankhede Stadium and the IPL

Although Wankhede Stadium has hosted the most successful franchise in the IPL, the site can only host one IPL final. The event took place in 2018, and the final battle for supremacy pitted Chennai Super Kings against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Shane Watson was at his best in this match, scoring an undefeated 117 in just 57 balls to secure victory for the Chennai franchise. Earlier, SRH scored 178/6 in 20 overs, aided by Kane Williamson’s 47 off 36 balls.

This season, the Wankhede Stadium will be hosting a lot of the matches and it will be interesting to see what memorable moments are created on these hallowed grounds.