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Green Park Stadium is a 32,000 capacity floodlit multi-purpose stadium located in Kanpur, India, and the home of the Uttar Pradesh cricket team.[2] The stadium is under the control of the Sports Department Uttar Pradesh. It is the only international cricket stadium in Uttar Pradesh that has regularly hosted international cricket matches in both Test and One Day format. The stadium hosted the 500th test played by the Indian team. It also organized four Vivo IPL matches, on 19 and 21 May 2016 and 10 and 13 May 2017. As of 19 August 2017 it has hosted 22 Tests, 14 ODIs and one T20I.

Green Park
ग्रीन पार्क स्टेडियम
Green Park Stadium Kanpur.jpg
Green Park Stadium in 2017
Ground information
Location Kanpur, India
Coordinates 26°28′55″N 80°20′52″E / 26.48194°N 80.34778°E / 26.48194; 80.34778Coordinates: 26°28′55″N 80°20′52″E / 26.48194°N 80.34778°E / 26.48194; 80.34778
Establishment 1945
Capacity 32,000[1]
Owner Government of Uttar Pradesh
Operator Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association
Tenants Indian cricket team
Gujarat Lions
Uttar Pradesh cricket team
End names
Mill Pavilion End
Hostel End
International information
First Test 12–14 January 1952:
 India v  England
Last Test 22–26 September 2016:
 India v  New Zealand
First ODI 24 December 1986:
 India v  Sri Lanka
Last ODI 29 October 2017:
 India v  New Zealand
Only T20I 26 January 2017:
 India v  England
Team information
UPCA (2009 – present)
Gujarat Lions (2016)
As of 22 September 2016
Source: ESPNcricinfo

The stadium is situated near the river Ganges.

It was named after British lady Madam Green who used to come here for horse riding. The stadium is nicknamed as 'Billiards Table',[3] and is also nicknamed as 'Woolmer's turf' in the memory of late cricket coach and player Bob Woolmer who was born in McRobert Hospital opposite to the stadium.

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HistoryEdit

 
Mahendra Shukla at Green Park Stadium, Kanpur, going out to bat

The Green Park Stadium is named after Madam Green who used to practice horse riding here in the 1940s. It is located in the Civil Lines area in the north east part of Kanpur city near the banks of the river Ganges, which flows just behind the stadium.

This is the only stadium in India where a students gallery is available. Green Park has the largest manually operated scoreboard in the world.[citation needed] It also has video screens which are used during international matches.

India's first Test win over Australia in December 1959 was at the Green Park ground. This was also the first match to be played on a turf wicket here.[4] Off-spinner Jasubhai Patel's 14 wickets were instrumental in ensuring India's win.

In 1958/9 Subhash Gupte took nine West Indian wickets in an inning for 102 runs, and had Lance Gibbs – the only batsman he missed – dropped by wicket keeper Naren Tamhane.

Since 1957 India has lost only twice at Kanpur, to the West Indies on both occasions, when Subhash Gupte's dream spell was overshadowed by Wes Hall's 10 wickets in 1958 and later when India's 1983 world cup euphoria was cut short by Malcolm Marshall's fearsome bowling. The most runs scored were by Gundappa Vishwanath (776), Sunil Gavaskar (629) and Mohammed Azharuddin (543). The most wickets taken were by Kapil Dev (25), Anil Kumble (21) and Harbhajan Singh (20).[citation needed]

InfrastructureEdit

 
The pitch at Green Park Stadium

The ends are known as the Mill Pavilion End and the Hostel End. These are named after the Elgin Mill and DAV College which are close to the stadium.

The pitch at Green Park has traditionally assisted the spinners and there have been some great performances by the likes of Jasubhai Patel and Subhash Gupte.

The Directorate Pavilion, new dressing rooms and VIP Pavilllion were constructed by उत्तर प्रदेश आवास एवं विकास परिषद (U.P. Housing and Development Board, Construction Department, and UP Housing and Development Board[5]) under the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association.[6]

ODI recordsEdit

  • The ground hosted one 1987 Cricket World Cup Group B match, West Indies vs Sri Lanka.
  • It hosted one Nehru Cup 1989 match, England vs India.
  • It hosted the opening match of 1993 Hero Cup, Sri Lanka vs India.
  • It hosted one Wills world series 1994–95 match, West Indies vs India.
  • Sourav Ganguly got 5 wickets vs Zim in 2000.
  • It hosted its first day/night ODI on 29 October 2017 between India and New Zealand and India won this match by six runs.
  • The highest team total in ODI in this stadium is 337/7 by India on 29 October 2017 vs New Zealand.
  • Rohit Sharma is only the batsman who scored two centuries in ODI in this ground.

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