Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai has been very memorable one for the Indian cricket team. In the 2011 World Cup final, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni) hit the winning six on this ground and gave Team India a chance to lift the World Cup after 28 years.
On the other hand, this ground has also been very famous for Test matches. The first Test match was played here in 1975 between India and West Indies, in which the visiting team won. There have been many such cricketers on this ground who have earned a lot of name in world cricket with their performance here.
In international cricket, Indian cricketers who have scored well at the Wankhede Stadium have played a lot of Ranji matches at this ground for Mumbai. In this article today, we take a look at 4 players for whom the Wankhede stadium is really special.
Sunil Gavaskar is the only batsman who has scored more than 1000 runs at the Wankhede. In 20 innings in 11 matches, Gavaskar has played many excellent innings on this ground. Gavaskar is the batter who has played the most innings at the Wankhede Stadium till date.
Sunil Gavaskar’s best score at the Wankhede Stadium is 205 runs against West Indies that came after facing 342 balls for 397 minutes in that match. Gavaskar has played many excellent innings at Wankhede and he has 5 centuries and 3 half-centuries to his name here.
Sachin Tendulkar has performed really well at Wankhede as compared to other grounds in India. It has also been the home ground of Sachin. Sachin is at number two in this list as he has scored 8 half-centuries here but only one century, which is 148 runs against Sri Lanka.
In 19 innings of 11 Test matches, Sachin Tendulkar came close to a century at this ground several times but unfortunately could never score a century. At the same time, he also played his last Test match at this very ground and he scored 74 runs in that match.
Dilip Vengsarkar has scored 2 centuries and 2 fifties in 17 innings of 10 Test matches at the Wankhede Stadium. Considering his overall Test average of 42.13, his average at Wankhede is just 6 runs below his overall Test average. Vengsarkar has scored both his centuries against the best teams like Australia and West Indies. Vengsarkar, who played Ranji Trophy for Mumbai, has the highest score of 164 runs at the ground.
India’s one of the most trusted batsman Rahul Dravid got a chance to play only 7 Test matches at Wankhede. But still in those matches, Dravid played many excellent innings at the Wankhede. He has 4 fifties and a century in 13 innings at this ground. Dravid’s highest score on this ground is 100 runs. He has also scored 80 or more runs on this ground 3 times, but every time he missed a century.