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Holkar Cricket Stadium (Hindi: होलकर स्टेडियम) is located in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. It was earlier known as Maharani Usharaje Trust Cricket Ground. But in 2010, Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association renamed it after the Holkar dynasty of the Marathas that ruled Indore.[1] Indore city has another International Cricket stadium "Nehru Stadium" which was used for International matches until 31 March 2001.[2]

Holkar Stadium
Maharani Usha Raje Cricket Stadium Indore - panoramio.jpg
Ground information
LocationRace Course Road, Indore, Madhya Pradesh
Establishment1990
Capacity30,000
OwnerMadhya Pradesh Cricket Association
OperatorMadhya Pradesh Cricket Association
TenantsMadhya Pradesh cricket team
International information
Only Test8–12 October 2016:
 India v  New Zealand
First ODI15 April 2006:
 India v  England
Last ODI24 September 2017:
 India v  Australia
Only T20I22 December 2017:
 India v  Sri Lanka
Team information
Madhya Pradesh cricket team (1990–present)
Kings XI Punjab (2017–present)
As of 22 December 2017
Source: ESPNcricinfo

It has a seating capacity of around 30,000 spectators. It is also equipped with flood lights for night matches.[3] Virender Sehwag recorded the third highest ODI score of 219 at this ground.[4] Gwalior's Captain Roop Singh Stadium, another international stadium in Madhya Pradesh, is a bit smaller than Indore's Holkar Cricket Stadium.[5] However, capacity of Captain Roop Singh Stadium is more than Indore's Holkar Cricket Stadium.

The ground stages the majority of Madhya Pradesh cricket team's home matches in the Ranji Trophy. The stadium was selected to be one of the six new Test venues in India. On 8 October 2016, Holkar stadium hosted its first Test match when India hosted New Zealand for the third and final test of the series and became the twenty-second test venue of India.

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HistoryEdit

The credit for giving land for the stadium goes to the Holkar's of the Maratha Confederacy. The ruling Maratha family of Indore State encouraged and pioneered cricket in this part of the country. Holkar cricket team appeared in ten Ranji Trophy season's, reaching the final eight times and winning the title four times.

It is on the some part of this ground that an older stadium was present where the Holkar's cricket team won its three Ranji Trophy titles, in late 40's and early 50's. In this sense, some part of this stadium has seen greats like C.K. Nayudu and Mushtaq Ali playing for Ranji Trophy.

The stadium has hosted four One Day Internationals, two of them between India and England. The first was staged on 15 April 2006, India successfully chased 289 to complete a 5-0 series win in what was a dead rubber. Its second international match came two and a half years later when England next toured, India again winning. The other two were against West Indies and South Africa.

The Stadium hosted its first ever IPL match on 13 May 2011. The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi is the home venue for the Indian Premier League team Kochi Tuskers Kerala and officially hosted 5 home-matches of the franchise. The remaining 2 home matches were played at the Holkar Cricket Stadium. In 2017, Kings XI Punjab selected the Holkar stadium as one of their home grounds for three IPL matches.

Virender Sehwag made the highest runs in a limited over innings of cricket 219 here on 8 December 2011 against West Indies, which was later broken by Rohit Sharma.

In November 2015, the stadium was selected to be one of the six new Test venues along with Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, JSCA International Stadium Complex, Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium and Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in India.[6]

Holkar Stadium hosted its maiden Test match in October 2016 when New Zealand cricket team toured India.[7] India defeated New Zealand by 321 runs on the fourth day to complete a 3-0 series whitewash.

The Stadium was selected to host the final of the 2016-17 edition of the Ranji Trophy from 10 January 2017.[8]

Stadium hosted 2 international matches in 2017, One Day International between Indian Cricket Team & Australian Cricket Team was played on 24 September 2017 whereas T20 International between Indian Cricket Team & Sri Lanka Cricket Team was played in December 2017.[9]

Stats & RecordsEdit

Matches Hosted

(as on 4 September 2018)

RecordsEdit

  • Team India holds 100% win records at this venue playing 5 ODIs here.
  • Rohit Sharma equalled the world record for the world's fastest T20 International century (118 off 43 balls) on this very ground against Sri Lanka on December 22, 2017.
  • Team India scored its highest innings total in a T20 International (260/5) on this ground against Sri Lanka on December 22, 2017.

Naming of various landmarks around the stadiumEdit

In 2011, a committee was formed to decide the naming of Pavilion, Dressing Rooms and Stands/Galleries around the stadium. This committee had Surya Prakash Chaturvedi as the chairman. As per the recommendations of the committee following landmarks have been named :

Ground profileEdit

It is currently used mainly for cricket matches. The stadium was built in 2003 and has a capacity of 30,000 seats. It has floodlight facilities to host a D/N match and has one of the best draining facilities in India. India are undefeated at this stadium, having won all four One Day Internationals and the only Test they have played at the venue.

This is considered as one of the smallest grounds in terms of field size to have hosted international cricket in the world. The straight boundaries are a mere 68 meters while the square ones aren't more than 56 meters. Along with these features, a flat pitch with true bounce where the ball normally comes on to the bat well, a lightning fast outfield and altitude over 600m above sea level making the ball travel much further when hit into the air make this ground a batsman's paradise.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Usha Raje is now Holkar cricket stadium". Dainik Bhaskar Online Edition, dated 2010-08-23. Archived from the original on 27 August 2010. Retrieved 29 August 2010.
  2. ^ "Nehru Stadium | India | Cricket Grounds | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  3. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20100113032556/http://itsonlycricket.com/photos/maharani-usha-raje-cricket-stadium-indore/. Archived from the original on 13 January 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2011. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Virender Sehwag scores a double century, breaks Sachin Tendulkar's record". Cricket Country. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Sachin Tendulkar's knock was slightly better, says MPCA curator : Cricket, News - India Today". Indiatoday.intoday.in. 10 December 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  6. ^ BCCI revamps selection committee, announces new Test centres
  7. ^ BCCI ushers in big home season: 13 Tests, six new venues
  8. ^ "Indore to host Ranji Trophy final". Cricbuzz. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Kolkata, Delhi, Nagpur to host Sri Lanka Tests, Guwahati gets Australia T20I - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  10. ^ http://www.cricketcountry.com/articles/this-is-the-most-energetic-test-crowd-i-have-ever-seen-anywhere-in-the-world-534616
  11. ^ "The guy who keeps Hindi commentary alive in cricket". ReDiff. 28 March 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Naming 'SUSHIL DOSHI COMMENTATORS BOX'". YouTube video. MPCA Exclusive. 19 February 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2016.

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