The Punjab Cricket Association Stadium (commonly known as the Mohali Cricket Stadium) in Mohali, is widely regarded as the best cricket ground in India, for having excellent practice facilities and a spectator-friendly environment.
Location: Punjab Cricket Association, Sector - 63, SAS Nagar, Mohali
End Names: Pavilion End, City End
Home Team: Punjab
Owner: Punjab Cricket Association
First Test: India vs. West Indies - Dec 10-14, 1994
First ODI: India vs. South Africa - Nov 22, 1993
The Punjab Cricket Association Stadium (commonly known as the Mohali Cricket Stadium) in Mohali, is widely regarded as the best cricket ground in India, for having excellent practice facilities and a spectator-friendly environment. The venue has undergone an astounding metamorphosis from a filthy swamp to a swanky stadium with world-class amenities. The stadium was inaugurated with a one-day international (ODI) match between India and South Africa during the Hero Cup on 22 November 1993. In a country like India, known for its spinner-friendly wicket, the Mohali stadium gained reputation for its lively pitch and seamer-friendly conditions. Read on to know more about Mohali cricket stadium.
Mohali stadium is located on the outskirts of Chandigarh City, Punjab. It is the second largest cricket ground in India, with a seating capacity of 45000 spectators. The lush green outfields and picturesque beauty surrounding it make the ground spectator-friendly. The ground has witnessed some nerve-racking ODIs, the most thrilling being the World Cup semi-final in 1996 between Australia and West Indies. Home to the Punjab cricket team, the stadium has been approved as the second largest international cricket stadium by BCCI in Bhatinda, Punjab. The light pillars of the ground are very low in height, because there is an airport nearby.
The first Test at Mohali Stadium was played in December 1994, when India played against West Indies. The misty December morning in 1994 is unforgettable for the cricket buffs. It was the time, when West Indies pace bowlers Courtney Walsh and Kenny Benjamin terrorized the Indian batting line up, which led to the incredible win for the guest team. Since the spectacular win, the grass on the wicket of the ground may have become scarcer and it may have been relatively slower too. However, the morning sessions of matches played at the ground have been always favorable for the pace bowlers.
- The highest Test total at the Mohali Stadium is 630/6 declared by New Zealand against India in the 2003-04 season.
- The lowest Test total at the Mohali Stadium is 83 by India against New Zealand in the 1999-2000.
- The highest ODI total at the Mohali Stadium is 339/4 by Sri Lanka against Pakistan in the 1996-97 season.
- The lowest ODI total at the Mohali Stadium is 122 by Sri Lanka against India in the 2005-06 season.