Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium

The Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium (Marathi: विदर्भ क्रिकेट असोसिएशन स्टेडियम) also known as New VCA stadium is a cricket ground in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. It is the largest cricket stadium in India in terms of field area.

Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium
New VCA Stadium
VCA Nagpur,India.jpg
VCA Stadium at Jamtha, Nagpur
LocationNagpur, Maharashtra
OwnerVidarbha Cricket Association
ArchitectShashi Prabhu[1]
OperatorVidarbha Cricket Association
TenantsVidarbha cricket team
End names
Secretary End
Pavilion End
First Test6–10 November 2008:
 India v  Australia
Last Test24–28 November 2017:
 India v  Sri Lanka
First ODI28 October 2009:
 India v  Australia
Last ODI5 March 2019:
 India v  Australia
First T20I9 December 2009:
 India v  Sri Lanka
Last T20I10 November 2019:
 India v  Bangladesh
First WODI6 April 2016:
 India v  England
Last WODI12 April 2016:
 India v  England
First WT20I18 March 2016:
 Australia v  South Africa
Last WT20I21 March 2016:
 Australia v  New Zealand
As of 10 November 2019
Source: Cricinfo

The ground, located at Jamtha on the southern outskirts of Nagpur, was inaugurated in 2008, replacing the old Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground as the city's main stadium. The qualities of the stadium have been praised by the International Cricket Council.[2]

VCA Stadium is the home ground for the Vidarbha and Central Zone teams for the domestic Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy tournaments, respectively. As of January 2020 it has hosted most number of T20I matches (12) the most by any stadium in India. As of 10 November 2019 it has hosted 6 Tests, 9 ODIs and 12 T20Is.


Layout of the VCA Stadium

Sachin Tendulkar said "the facilities exceeded all expectations" and Ricky Ponting commented on the comfort in the changing rooms.[3]Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Warne was extremely pleased with the "largeness of the ground" after his team’s two-run win over Deccan Chargers. "Michael Lumb's slog to deep mid-wicket found a fielder. Now, if this was M. A. Chidambaram Stadium or M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, then that ball would have landed in a taxi going to the team hotel. We need big grounds like these," Warne said.[4] It has 80-yard straight boundaries and 85-yard square boundaries, which makes it one of the largest grounds (in terms of playing area) in the world.[5]

Lalit Modi said the VCA was "by far the best stadium in India". The stadium has been praised not only by the players but also by commentators and journalists because of the facilities.[5] Alan Wilkins said, "It is a fabulous stadium, a Colosseum here in Nagpur. It has the most impressive Press box for the travelling media. It really is a wonderful venue."

The first international match at this venue was the Fourth Test between India and Australia in November 2008, which India won by 172 runs. The Australian spinner Jason Krejza finished with 12 wickets, while Harbhajan Singh claimed seven for India.

Four matches were played at the stadium during the 2011 Cricket World Cup.[6] The highest Test scores are by India: 566/8, 558/6 and 441. The leading run scorers in Tests are Virendar Sehwag (357), Virat Kohli (354) and MS Dhoni (339). The leading wicket takers in a Test are R Ashwin (23 wickets), Ishant Sharma (19) and Harbhajan Singh (13 wickets). The highest ODI scores are by India 354/7, India 351/4, Australia 350/6, New Zealand 302/7 and Sri Lanka 302/7. The leading scorers in ODIs are Virat Kohli (325), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (268) and Rohit Sharma (204). The leading wicket takers in ODIs are Mitchell Johnson (9 wickets), Ravindra Jadeja (6 wickets) and Dale Steyn (5) and Harbhajan Singh (5).

Panoramic view of VCA Stadium, Nagpur

Various Format RecordEdit

Test RecordsEdit

ODI RecordsEdit

T20I RecordsEdit

List of International Five wicket HaulsEdit


Zaheer Khan is one of the twelve bowlers who have taken a five-wicket haul at the Brabourne Stadium in Test matches.
Symbol Meaning
  The bowler was man of the match
  10 or more wickets taken in the match
  One of two five-wicket hauls by the bowler in the match
Date Day the Test started or ODI was held
Inn Innings in which five-wicket haul was taken
Overs Number of overs bowled
Runs Number of runs conceded
Wkts Number of wickets taken
Econ Runs conceded per over
Batsmen Batsmen whose wickets were taken
Result Result of the match


Five-wicket hauls in Test matches at VCA Stadium
No. Bowler Date Team Opposing team Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 Jason Krejza    6 November 2008   Australia   India 1 43.5 215 8 4.90 Lost[8]
2 Dale Steyn    6 February 2010   South Africa   India 2 16.4 51 7 3.06 Won[9]
3 Ravichandran Ashwin     25 November 2015   India   South Africa 2 16.1 32 5 1.97 Won[10]
4 Imran Tahir 25 November 2015   South Africa   India 3 11.3 38 5 3.30 Lost[10]
5 Ravichandran Ashwin     25 November 2015   India   South Africa 2 16.1 32 7 1.97 Won[10]

One Day InternationalsEdit

Five-wicket hauls in One-Day International matches at VCA Stadium
No. Bowler Date Team Opposing team Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 Dale Steyn   12 March 2011   South Africa   India 1 9.4 50 5 5.17 Won[11]

Twenty20 InternationalsEdit

Five-wicket hauls in Twenty20 International matches at VCA Stadium
No. Bowler Date Team Opposing team Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 Deepak Chahar   10 November 2019   India   Bangladesh 2 3.2 7 6 2.10 Won[12]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Rajaram, Sowmya (27 March 2011). "Going for WC finals? You've bought backache and discomfort for Rs 12,500". Retrieved 13 December 2012.
  2. ^ Nagpur likely to host third India-New Zealand Test – Times Of India. (2010-07-02). Retrieved on 2013-12-23.
  3. ^ "Spectator-friendly minus the spectators". Cricinfo.
  4. ^ Bowlers in with a chance at the VCA stadium in Nagpur – Sport – DNA. Retrieved on 2013-12-23.
  5. ^ a b [1] Archived 2 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 January 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Big-hitting Dhoni helps level series | India v Australia, 2nd ODI, Nagpur Report | Cricket News. ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved on 2013-12-23.
  8. ^ "4th Test, Australia tour of India at Nagpur, Nov 6-10 2008". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  9. ^ "1st Test, South Africa tour of India at Nagpur, Feb 6-9 2010". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  10. ^ a b c "3rd Test, South Africa tour of India at Nagpur, Nov 25-27 2015". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  11. ^ "29th Match, Group B (D/N), ICC Cricket World Cup at Nagpur, Mar 12 2011". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  12. ^ "3rd T20I (N), Bangladesh tour of India at Nagpur, Nov 10 2019". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 November 2019.

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