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. Indore city has another International Cricket stadium "Nehru Stadium" which was used for International matches until 31 March 2001.
|Location||Race Course Road, Indore, Madhya Pradesh|
|Owner||Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association|
|Operator||Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association|
|Tenants||Madhya Pradesh cricket team|
|Only Test||8–12 October 2016:|
India v New Zealand
|First ODI||15 April 2006:|
India v England
|Last ODI||24 September 2017:|
India v Australia
|Only T20I||22 December 2017:|
India v Sri Lanka
|As of 22 December 2017|
It has a seating capacity of around 30,000 spectators. It is also equipped with flood lights for night matches. Virender Sehwag recorded the third highest ODI score of 219 at this ground. Gwalior's Captain Roop Singh Stadium, another international stadium in Madhya Pradesh, is a bit smaller than Indore's Holkar Cricket Stadium. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Stats & RecordsEdit
- Matches Hosted
(as on 4 September 2018)
- 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 :
- Press Box named after HH Maharaja Madhav Rao Scindia of Gwalior State (President of Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association & Board of Control for Cricket in India) 
- Pavilion's named after Col. C.K. Nayudu (India's First Test Captain) and Capt. Mushtaq Ali (First Asian batsman to score a century).
- Dressing Room's named after Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi (Born in Bhopal) and Rahul Dravid (Born in Indore).
- Stadium Gates named after former International cricketers from this part of the country, who are Narendra Hirwani, Amay Khurasia and Rajesh Chauhan.
- One of the two galleries contains Stands named after greats of Indian cricket like Vijay Hazare, Ajit Wadekar, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kumble. The other gallery contains stands named after greats of Holkar era like J. N. Bhaya, M. M. Jagdale, Khandu Rangnekar, Hiralal Gaekwad, Chandu Sarwate and C. S. Nayudu. This combination of current and former cricketers named opposite to each other is unique in itself and not been seen elsewhere.
- The commentators' Box in the stadium has been named after Sushil Doshi, renowned Hindi commentator.
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.
- 2016–17 Ranji Trophy final match was organized here.
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