Wankhede Stadium is the largest cricket stadium in Mumbai. Wankhade Stadium was the outcome of some disputes over ticket allocations that arose between the Cricket Club of India, the owner of Brabourne Stadium and Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA). In 1973, after the Test between India and England, the dispute became severe and at the initiative of S.K. Wankhede, a politician and the Secretary of MCA, a new stadium was built near the Churchgate in South Mumbai.
Today, Wankhede Stadium has taken over Brabourne Stadium in all
respect; with a whopping sitting capacity of 45,000 audiences the
stadium offers a top-end cricketing spectacle.
Wankhede stadium has seen some classic sports and it has been witness
to great innings like Gavaskar's 205 against the Windies and
Kallicharan's 187 in the same game in the 1978-79 series. It was the
same ground where all round heroics like Ian Botham's century and
thirteen wickets in the Jubilee Test unleashed complete mania in 1980
when England won by ten wickets. The highest score by an Indian at
Wankhede remains Vinod Kambli's 224 against England in 1992-93 in only
his third Test. Incidentally Ravi Shastri's six sixes in an over off
Baroda's Tilak Raj en route to the fastest double-hundred in first-class
cricket was on this ground in 1984-85.
The cricket pitch of Wankhade Stadium is bowler's favorite with
spinners having an edge. It has also pace friendly track. Proximity to
the sea ensures spin and bounce to the spinners on the ground. In the
year 1995, Wankhede Stadium was upgraded to host day and night matches
Wankhede Stadium has adequately honored India's cricket's legend and
hence the main gates to the ground are named after Polly Umrigar and
Vinoo Mankad. The stands are named after famous Mumbai cricketers like
Vijay Merchant (West stand), Sunil Gavaskar (East stand upper) and
Sachin Tendulkar (North stand).