Mumbai’s famous Wankhede Stadium is the home ground of the Mumbai Indians, the five-time Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise. Last year, when the cash-rich league was held only in Maharashtra due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mumbai Indians had the advantage of playing in front of home fans but that didn’t help them at all as they ended up at the bottom of the points table.
This year, they will start their campaign against Faf du Plessis-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Sunday (April 2) at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The Wankhede Stadium will host its first IPL match on Saturday (March 8) between Mumbai and their arch-rivals Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
Situated near the Marine drive-Arabian sea in the Churchgate area of South Mumbai, the Wankhede Stadium has a capacity of 33,108 after it underwent renovations for the 2011 ODI World Cup where India emerged victorious after 28 years by beating Sri Lanka in the final. However, before the renovation, it had a capacity of 45,000.
The ground is known for its small boundaries and batting-friendly pitch. Many IPL teams have crossed the 200-run mark several times.
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IPL and other notable records scored at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai
Whenever India hosted ODI World Cups, the Wankhede played host to the matches. A total of 20 World Cup matches were played here.
Sunil Gavaskar has amassed the most Test runs (1122 runs), and Anil Kumble has scalped the most Test wickets (38). In ODIs, Sachin Tendulkar has scored 455 runs (the most runs here), while Venkatesh Prasad scalped the most wickets (15).
RCB’s Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers had stitched the highest run-stand between them (215), for the second wicket against Mumbai Indians in the 2015 season. The highest innings total was also scored by RCB (235) in that same match. AB de Villiers stands atop with the highest individual score of 133 here, in that same match. The lowest total was scored by the Kolkata Knight Riders (67) against MI in 2008.
Amongst the batsmen, Rohit Sharma has amassed the most runs (1840), while Lasith Malinga is the leading wicket-taker at this ground (68). Harbhajan Singh registered the best figures of 5/18 in 2011.
The Wankhede has hosted just one IPL final. In 2018, Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad locked horns in the summit clash and the former emerged victorious. It was CSK’s third title.
Check out Wankhede Stadium in IPL 2023 matches:
|April 8, 2023||7:30 PM IST||Chennai Super Kings|
|April 16, 2023||3:30 PM IST||Kolkata Knight Riders|
|April 22, 2023||7:30 PM IST||Punjab Kings|
April 30, 2023
7:30 PM IST
|May 9, 2023||7:30 PM IST||Royal Challengers Bangalore|
|May 12, 2023||7:30 PM IST||Gujarat Titans|
|May 21, 2023||3:30 PM IST||Sunrisers Hyderabad|
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