The Brabourne Stadium is a cricket ground located near Churchgate railway station in South Mumbai. Owned by the Cricket Club of India (CCI), the Braborne Stadium houses the offices of the BCCI, the governing body of Indian cricket.
The Brabourne Stadium came up on a piece of land reclaimed from the sea
which Lord Brabourne, Governor of Bombay, presented to the Cricket Club
of India after being lured into an offer of immortality in the bargain.
Foundation stone of the Brabourne Stadium was laid by Lord Brabourne,
the Governor of Bombay, on May 22, 1936. The stadium formally opened on
December 7, 1937 by Sir Lawrence Roger Lumley, the Governor of Bombay.
The stadium got its name after Brabourne at the suggestion of the
Maharaja of Patiala.
The ground was initially intended to provide covered accommodation for
35,000 audiences and contain pavilion, tennis courts and a swimming
pool. The first match was played in the incomplete stadium in October
1937 between CCI and the Spencer Cup XI.
Brabourne stadium hosted Test matches from 1948 to the 1972, as well as
the Bombay Pentangular matches. After a dispute between CCI and MCA, the
Brabourne Stadium ceased to be a major venue for international matches.
Brabourne hosted seventeen Test matches, starting with two against West
Indies in India's first home series after the war in 1948-49. Vijay
Hazare scored a hundred in each of his four appearances. 16 Ranji Trophy
finals were played at the stadium between 1938 and 1973. Among the other
notable innings played at the ground are Denis Compton's 249 for Holkar
in the 1944-45 final and Ajit Wadekar's triple century in 1966-67
against Chandrasekhar and Prasanna.
The Brabourne Stadium has lost its sheen now a days, and although it
has hosted the occasional first-class match (Sachin Tendulkar made the
first double century of his first-class career during Mumbai's win over
Australia in 1997-98). Brabourne hosted the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania
second round Group match between India and Pakistan in April 2006.
Brabourne was among the four grounds that hosted the 2006 ICC Champions
Trophy. International Cricket returned to the ground almost after 11
years when West Indies and Sri Lanka played the sixth match in the
|Location||Churchgate, South Mumbai|
|Owner||Cricket Club of India|
|End Names||Pavilion End, Church Gate End|
|First Test||India v West Indies - Dec 9-13, 1948|
|First ODI||Australia v Pakistan - October 23, 1989|
|Specialty||International Cricket Matches|
|How to reach||Board a local or hire a taxi/auto or bus|