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.
|New VCA Stadium|
VCA Stadium at Jamtha, Nagpur
|Owner||Vidarbha Cricket Association|
|Operator||Vidarbha Cricket Association|
|Tenants||Vidarbha cricket team|
|First Test||6–10 November 2008:|
India v Australia
|Last Test||24–28 November 2017:|
India v Sri Lanka
|First ODI||28 October 2009:|
India v Australia
|Last ODI||5 March 2019:|
India v Australia
|First T20I||9 December 2009:|
India v Sri Lanka
|Last T20I||10 November 2019:|
India v Bangladesh
|First WODI||6 April 2016:|
India v England
|Last WODI||12 April 2016:|
India v England
|First WT20I||18 March 2016:|
Australia v South Africa
|Last WT20I||21 March 2016:|
Australia v New Zealand
|As of 10 November 2019|
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.
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.
Sachin Tendulkar said "the facilities exceeded all expectations" and Ricky Ponting commented on the comfort in the changing rooms.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. 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.
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. 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. 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).
Various Format RecordEdit
- Highest team total: 610/6d, by India against Sri Lanka in 2017/18.
- Lowest team total: 79, by South Africa against India in 2015/16.
- Highest individual score: 253*, by Hashim Amla (South Africa) against India in 2010/11.
- Best bowling in an innings: 8/215, by Jason Krejza (Australia) against India in 2008/09.
- Most runs scored by a player: Virendar Sehwag 357.
- Most wickets taken: R Ashwin 19.
- Highest team total: 354/7, by India against Australia in 2009/10
- Lowest team total: 123, by Canada against Zimbabwe on 28 February 2011.
- Highest individual score: 156, by George Bailey against India in 2013/14.
- "Most runs scored by a player": MS Dhoni- 268 runs, Shane Watson- 183 runs and Virat Kohli- 170 runs.
- Best bowling in an innings: 4/33, by Mitchell Johnson against New Zealand in February 2011.
- Most wickets taken: Mitchell Johnson- 9 wickets, Dale Steyn, Ravindra Jadeja and Harbhajan Singh- 5 wickets.
List of International Five wicket HaulsEdit
|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|
|1||Jason Krejza||6 November 2008||Australia||India||1||43.5||215||8||4.90||Lost|
|2||Dale Steyn||6 February 2010||South Africa||India||2||16.4||51||7||3.06||Won|
|3||Ravichandran Ashwin||25 November 2015||India||South Africa||2||16.1||32||5||1.97||Won|
|4||Imran Tahir||25 November 2015||South Africa||India||3||11.3||38||5||3.30||Lost|
|5||Ravichandran Ashwin||25 November 2015||India||South Africa||2||16.1||32||7||1.97||Won|
One Day InternationalsEdit
|1||Dale Steyn||12 March 2011||South Africa||India||1||9.4||50||5||5.17||Won|
|1||Deepak Chahar||10 November 2019||India||Bangladesh||2||3.2||7||6||2.10||Won|
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-  Archived 2 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 January 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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- "4th Test, Australia tour of India at Nagpur, Nov 6-10 2008". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
- "1st Test, South Africa tour of India at Nagpur, Feb 6-9 2010". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
- "3rd Test, South Africa tour of India at Nagpur, Nov 25-27 2015". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
- "29th Match, Group B (D/N), ICC Cricket World Cup at Nagpur, Mar 12 2011". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
- "3rd T20I (N), Bangladesh tour of India at Nagpur, Nov 10 2019". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
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- Nagpur Photos: Jamtha Cricket Stadium