The Arun Jaitley Stadium is an international cricket venue located at the Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg in New Delhi, India.
Established in 1883, the stadium was earlier known as the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium and is the second oldest international cricket stadium in India after the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Located near the Kotla Fort, the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium was renamed to Arun Jaitley Stadium in September 2019 in memory of former Finance Minister of India and former Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) President Arun Jaitley.
The stadium hosted its first international match, a Test between India and West Indies, in November 1948. Since then, the venue has staged 34 Tests, 26 ODIs and seven T20Is. It has also hosted several Indian T20 League matches since the inception of the league in 2008.
The Arun Jaitley Stadium is the home ground of the Delhi cricket team and Delhi franchise in the Indian T20 League.
The Indian cricket team has played 21 ODIs at Arun Jaitley Stadium, winning 12 while suffering seven losses. One match ended with no result while another was cancelled. Here, we look at the ODI records at this venue.
Arun Jaitley Stadium ODI records and stats
Highest total: West Indies’ 330/8 against the Netherlands during an ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 encounter is the highest team total at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in the ODI format. Put into bat, West Indies rode on opener Chris Gayle’s 80 and Kieron Pollard’s 27-ball 60 to post a huge score on the board. In reply, the Netherlands were bowled out for 115 as the Caribbean outfit registered a massive 215-run victory in the 50-over encounter.
Lowest total: South Africa’s 99 against hosts India is the lowest ODI total at this venue. Put into bat, South Africa lost wickets at regular intervals as they were bundled out for a disappointing score. Kuldeep Yadav was the wrecker-in-chief for India as he picked four wickets for just 18 runs in his 4.1 overs. Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj and Shahbaz Ahmed bagged two wickets each. For South Africa, Heinrich Klaasen top scored with 34 off 42 balls.
Highest individual score: Australia’s Ricky Ponting holds the record for the highest individual ODI score at the Arun Jaitley Stadium. Ponting smashed 145 off 158 balls against Zimbabwe during a triangular series encounter in 1998. Ponting’s incredible innings was laced with 18 fours and one six. Sachin Tendulkar’s run-a-ball 137 against Sri Lanka in 1996 is second on the list.
Best bowling figures: West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach has the best bowling figures at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in ODI cricket. During an ICC Cricket World Cup encounter in 2011, the right-arm pacer picked six wickets for just 27 runs in his 8.3 overs to bundle out Netherlands for 115 in 31.3 overs. Earlier, Chris Gayle (80) and Kieron Pollard (60) helped West Indies post 330/8 in their 50 overs. Interestingly, Viv Richards also claimed six wickets for 41 runs against India in an ODI at this venue in 1989.
Most runs: Former India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has scored the most runs at this venue in the ODI format. The right-handed batter amassed 300 runs in eight matches at an average of 37.50 and a strike rate of 94.33. Tendulkar smashed one hundred and one fifty at this ground in Delhi. Ex-India captain Mohammad Azharuddin is second on the list with 267 runs in seven games.
Most wickets: Indian spinner Ravindra Jadeja has bagged the most wickets at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in ODI cricket. The left-arm spinner has picked nine wickets in six ODIs at an economy of just 4.15 and an average of 20.77. His best figures in the 50-over format at this venue is 3/44. West Indies pacer Kemar Roach features second on the list with seven dismissals in just two matches.
Highest partnership: Australian duo of Mark Waugh and Ricky Ponting hold the record for the highest partnership at this venue in the ODI format. Playing against Zimbabwe in a triangular series fixture in April 1998, Waugh and Ponting put together a brilliant 219-run partnership for the second wicket. The scintillating partnership powered Australia to 294/3 in their 50 overs before restricting Zimbabwe to 278/9 in their run-chase.
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