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Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore, India

Holkar Cricket Stadium, Madhya Pradesh, Indore, India

Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association is the owner of Holkar Stadium which was previously known as Maharani Usharaje Trust Cricket Ground. The ground is located at the Racecourse Road Near to Janjeerwala Square, Madhya Pradesh, Indore, India. Back in 1926, the establishment of the Cricket ground and club took place when Maharaja Yeshwant Rao Holkar took control of the Holkar State. Furthermore, due to the efforts of Maharaja Yeshwant the stadium serves the Yeshwant Club and Central Indian Teams containing players from the Holkar State as their home ground. However, currently it is also a home ground for the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Team & Madhya Pradesh Women’s team.

Holkar Cricket Stadium
Holkar Cricket Stadium

Holkar Stadium Briefs

Full NameHolkar Cricket Stadium
Previous NameMaharani Usharaje Trust Cricket Ground 
Established in1926
LocationRace Course Road, Madhya Pradesh, Indore district, India
Owner and OperatorMadhya Pradesh Cricket Association 
Home TeamMadhya Pradesh
TenantsKings XI Punjab, India National Cricket teamIndia Women’s Cricket team
Capacity30,000
Coordinates22°43’27”N75°52’46”E
FloodlightsPresent
End NamesPavilion End, GAIL Madhav Rao Scindia End
Holkar Stadium Details

Early History of the Holkar Cricket Stadium

The Maratha Confederacy of the Holkar State gave the land for this Cricket Stadium. In addition, they also promoted and spearheaded cricket in this region of India. Moreover, the cricket team of Holkar took part in 10 seasons of Ranji Trophy and ended up winning the title 4 times and reached the finals 8 times.

The older part of this venue is the key witness of the Holkar Cricket Team winning Ranji Trophy titles for the 3 times back in 1940s & 1950s. That means the venue also witnessed cricket legends like Mushtaq Ali and C.K. Nayudu playing Ranji Trophy at this ground.

Capacity of the Holkar Stadium

Holkar Stadium is a small stadium with square boundaries of 56 meters. The Stadium facilitates 30,000 spectators at a time. So, it’s not included amongst the big Stadium of India because of its smaller capacity of onlookers. 

Holkar Cricket Stadium Pitch Report

The ground contains pitch which gives more advantage to the batters as it’s batting friendly. Furthermore, the game favors the team who outscores the opponent team. Moreover, the bowlers also face difficulty due to the short boundary dimensions. One of the interesting facts about this venue is that it’s the smallest cricket Stadium of the world for its short boundary dimensions.

Holkar Cricket Stadium
Holkar Cricket Stadium

Floodlights

Floodlights were installed in the Holkar stadium in 2008 for night Matches. However, they were not operational until the end of 2011 when the ground was completely constructed in all aspects.

End Names

The Holkar Stadium contains two ends named: Pavilion End and the GAIL Madhavi Rao Scindia End. Further the Pavilion end is divided into South and North Pavilions.

Construction of the Stadium

The Stadium was constructed in different phases starting from 1924 where its foundation stone was laid. During 1997-98 the construction of a proper cricket Stadium was started. After that only the South Pavilion was completed in 3 years. Later the North Pavilion was constructed with money from donations. After 2006, international matches were hosted by the venue. Alot of Renovations were done in 2008 too where all the constructions were completed.

International Matches in the Holkar Stadium

Test Internationals

Until now the stadium has hosted only 3 test Internationals from which the 1st test was played between India and New Zealand on October 8, 2016.  In addition, it became the 22nd test venue in India. Where team India won the match with 321 runs and Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara scored the Test Centuries at this venue. Whereas the 2nd test was between India vs Bangladesh in November 2019 which resulted in the winning of the Indian team by 130 runs. However, the 3rd and the last test was played between India vs Australia in March 2023. Here the Australia team won the match by 9 wickets.

Test Stats

Total Matches3
Average first inning score272
Average second inning score329
Average third inning score 197
Average fourth inning score 115
Matches won by batting first1
Matches won by bowling first2
Highest total scores recorded557/5 in 169 overs (by India against New Zealand)
Lowest total scores recorded 109/10 in 33.2 overs (by India against Australia)
Highest chased score78/1 in 18.5 overs (by Australia vs India)
Lowest defended score153/10 in 44.5 overs (by New Zealand against India)
Test International Stats

ODIs

The first ODI was played at the Holkar Stadium on April 15, 2006, between India vs England. Later India won the match with the margin of 7 wickets. A total of 7 ODIs were played at this venue until now. In the 3rd ODI in this stadium, which was played between India vs West Indies, the highest total score of India in ODIs was scored. The highest ODI Score was recorded by Virender Sehwag with a score of 219 runs at this ground. In addition, all the 7 ODI matches played here were won amazingly by India. The last ODI was played here on September 24,2023 between India vs Australia where the 2nd highest ODI score of India was recorded. Yuvraj Singh, Aaron Finch, Rohit Sharma, Subman Gill, Devon Conway and Shreyas Iyer scored ODI Centuries at this ground.

ODI-Stats

Total Matches7
Average first inning score 331
Average second inning score 260
Matches won by batting first 5
Matches won by bowling first 2
Highest total scores recorded 418/5 in 50 overs (by India vs West Indies)
Lowest total scores recorded 217/10 in 28.2 overs (by Australia vs India)
Highest chased score 294/5 in 47.5 overs (by India vs Australia)
Lowest defended score 247/9 in 50 overs (by India vs RSA)
ODI Stats

T20 Internationals

A total of 3 Twenty20 international Matches were played at this venue from which 2 matches were won by India. In addition, the first T20 match played here on December 22,2017 between India vs Sri Lanka also holds the record for India’s highest total scores in T20Is. Later in the 2nd T20I between India and Sri Lanka, Rohit Sharma scored the 2nd T20I century of his career and scored 118 runs/43 balls. Whereas the 2nd T20I century was scored at the venue by Rilee Rossouw in October 2022. Moreover, the upcoming 4th T20I was scheduled here on January 14,2024 where the opponents are India and Afghanistan.

T20I-Stats

Total Matches3
Average first inning score209
Average second inning score164
Matches won by batting first 2
Matches won by bowling first 1
Highest total scores recorded 260/5 in 20 overs (by India vs Sri Lanka)
Lowest total scores recorded 172/10 in 17.2 overs (by Sri Lanka vs India)
Highest chased score 144/3 in 17.3 overs (by India vs Sri Lanka)
Lowest defended score 227/3 in 20 overs (by RSA vs India)
T20I Stats

Domestic Cricket Matches in the Holkar Stadium

Holkar Stadium has hosted a total of 9 Indian Premier League matches. The first IPL Match was played at the venue on May 13,2011. Later, in 2017 the venue hosted 3 IPL matches of Kings XI Punjab as their home ground. Furthermore, it witnessed many Matches of Ranji Trophy. In addition, the venue hosted a final of Ranji Trophy 2016-17 edition on January 10,2017. 

Holkar Cricket Stadium
Holkar Cricket Stadium Photo

Places Names of Holkar Stadium

The proper names of different places of the stadiums were decided in 2011 when a committee was formed for these decisions. Furthermore, Surya Prakash Chaturvedi was the chairman of the Committee. After the meeting, the committee has decided to name the landmark as:

  • Pavilion’s names were named after C.K. Nayudu (the first Test Captain of India) and Mushtaq Ali (first Asian batsman who scored a century).
  • The press box was named after the president of Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association; HH Maharaja Madhavi Rao Scindia of Gwalior.
  • The gates of Stadium were named after the former Cricketers of this region of India; Amay Khurasia, Narendra Hirwani and Rajesh Chauhan.
  • The names of the Dressing rooms were given after the names of Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi and Rahul Dravid.
  • The Commentators box was named after the famous and renowned Hindi Commentator; Sushil Doshi.
  • The Stands in one gallery were named after legendary Indian cricketers: Vijay Hazare, Ajit Wadekar, Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev and Anil Kumble.
  • The stands of the 2nd gallery were named after; J.N. Bhaya, M.M. Jagdale, C.S. Nayudu, Hiralal Gaekwad, Chandu Sarwate, Khandu Rangnekar.

FAQs:

Q: What is the old name of Holkar Stadium?

A: The old name/another name of the Holkar Stadium is Maharani Usharaje Trust Cricket Ground.

Q: What is the location of the Holkar Stadium?

A: The Holkar Cricket Stadium is located at the IDA Building, Racecourse Road near to Janjeerwala Square, New Palasia, Madhya Pradesh, 452001 Indore India.

Q: What is the ticket price for the Holkar Stadium?

A: The ticket price of the Holkar Stadium may vary and depends upon the game. As the Stadium offers different ticket price for different stands. Furthermore, the starting ticket price for the upcoming 2nd T20I between India and Afghanistan is 743 INR and ends up at 5,947 INR.

Q: When is the next international match scheduled at the Holkar Cricket stadium in the start of 2024?

A: The first international match which is scheduled at the Holkar Stadium is a T20I match where the opponent teams India and Afghanistan are competing on January 14, 2024.

Q: Is Holkar Stadium a batting pitch or a bowling pitch?

A: The pitch of the Holkar Stadium is a batting paradise as it tends to give much advantage to the batters and because of its short boundary length the bowlers always face hard time.

Q: What is the Average highest score in the Holkar Cricket Stadium?

A: The average highest score in the stadium was made by India against West Indies in an ODI Match where India scored 247/9 runs.

Q: Which player took the most wickets at Holkar Cricket Stadium?

A: The India bowler, Ravichandran Ashwin holds the record for taking the most wickets at the Holkar Stadium which are 18. In addition, he also holds the record of 10 wickets haul at the venue in a match against New Zealand in 2016.

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