Wankhede Stadium: A Glorious Heritage of Cricket

Wankhede Stadium: A Glorious Heritage of Cricket

Wankhede Stadium is one of the most iconic cricket stadiums in the world. Situated in the heart of Mumbai, India, it has hosted some of the most memorable cricket matches in history, including the 1983 Cricket World Cup final, the 2011 Cricket World Cup final, and the 2013 Indian Premier League final. 

The stadium is owned and operated by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) and is the home ground of the Mumbai Indians. It has a capacity of 33,006 and is one of the largest cricket stadiums in India. 

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A Name to Remember 

Wankhede Stadium owes its name to Barrister Sheshrao Krishnarao Wankhede, the former president of the Mumbai Cricket Association. The stadium was constructed in a remarkable 13 months and played host to its maiden match during the final of the India vs. West Indies test series in 1975. 


Iconic Matches Played at Wankhede Stadium 

Wankhede Stadium has hosted some of the most iconic cricket matches in history. Here are a few examples: 

India vs. Zimbabwe, October 17, 1987 - India's resounding eight-wicket victory. 

India vs. England, November 5, 1987 - England's thrilling 35-run win. 

India vs. Australia, February 27, 1996 - Australia's 16-run triumph. 

New Zealand vs. Canada, March 13, 2011 - New Zealand's dominating 97-run win. 

Sri Lanka vs. New Zealand, March 18, 2011 - Sri Lanka's convincing 112-run victory. 

India vs. Sri Lanka, 2011 World Cup Finals, April 2, 2011 - India's memorable six-wicket triumph, clinching the World Cup. 

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How to Reach Wankhede Stadium 

Wankhede Stadium is in the Churchgate neighborhood of Mumbai. It is well-connected by public transportation, and there are several ways to reach the stadium from different parts of the city. 

If you’re a cricket fan in Pune and want to catch an upcoming IPL match at the Wankhede Stadium, you’ll be happy to know that there are multiple ways to reach your destination. 

The most efficient way of getting there is by road, either by hiring a private cab or self-driving. The drive will take around 3-4 hours depending on traffic conditions, but it’s an enjoyable experience with scenic views along the route. 

Alternatively, if traveling by train is preferred then one can board any Mumbai-bound express train from Pune Railway Station and get off at Dadar station (Central line) and take a Churchgate bound train in Western line's station. 

For Mumbaikars 

Local Trains: Commuters from distant areas like Vasai-Virar and Borivali can board a Churchgate-bound local train, as Churchgate station is conveniently located near the stadium. 

Ride-Sharing Apps: Simply input "Wankhede Stadium" as your destination in your preferred ride-sharing app, and you'll be dropped off at one of the stadium's entrances. 

Bicycles: Some prefer two wheels to four. Mumbai offers bike rentals with affordable rates, complete with helmets for safe travel to Wankhede Stadium. 


For Punekars 

By road: The most efficient way to reach Wankhede Stadium from Pune is by road. The drive will take around 3-4 hours depending on traffic conditions. You can either hire a private cab or self-drive. 

By train: You can also take a train from Pune to Mumbai. The train will take around 3-4 hours depending on the train you choose. Alight at Dadar station (Central line) and catch a Churchgate-bound train on the Western line. You can take a taxi or bus to Wankhede Stadium fro Dadar itself. 

Upcoming Iconic match: 

India and Sri Lanka will face off in the 33rd match of the 2023 Cricket World Cup on November 2 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. India is currently the top-ranked ODI team in the world, while Sri Lanka is ranked seventh 

Preview of India vs Sri Lanka 33rd Match ODI Cricket World Cup 2023

India playing teams: 

Sri Lanka playing teams: 

Rohit Sharma (c) 

Kusal Mendis (c) 

Hardik Pandya (vc) 

Kusal Perera 

Shubman Gill 

Pathum Nissanka 

Virat Kohli 

Lahiru Kumara 

Shreyas Iyer 

Dimuth Karunaratne 

KL Rahul 

Sadeera Samarawickrama 

Ravindra Jadeja 

Charith Asalanka 

Shardul Thakur 

Dhananjaya de Silva 

Jasprit Bumrah 

Maheesh Theekshana 

Mohammed Siraj 

Dunith Wellalage 

Kuldeep Yadav 

Kasun Rajitha 

Mohammed Shami 

Matheesha Pathirana 

Axar Patel 

Dilshan Madushanka 

Ishan Kishan 

Dushan Hemantha 

Suryakumar Yadav. 

Chamika Karunaratne 


Dated October 17, 2023