Established in 1990, the Holkar Cricket Stadium is located in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
Earlier known as Maharani Usharaje Trust Cricket Ground, the Holkar Cricket Stadium has a seating capacity of 30,000. The venue is furnished with flood lights for night fixtures.
Owned by the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association, the Indore Cricket Stadium was renamed in 2010 after the Holkar dynasty of the Marathas that ruled the state. The city of Indore also has another international cricket stadium - the Nehru Stadium - which used to host international fixtures till 2001.
In April 2006, the Holkar Cricket Stadium hosted its first international fixture - an One-Day International (ODI) match between India and England. The hosts defeated the England side by seven wickets. The ground later staged its first Test match in October 2016 and T20 international in December 2017.
Since then, the venue has staged three T20Is, five ODIs and two Tests.
The last time the Men in Blue played a T20I at this venue in Indore, they lost by 49 runs against South Africa in October 2022.
Let’s have a look at the T20I records at the Holkar Cricket Stadium.
Holkar Cricket Stadium T20I records and stats
Highest total: India’s 260/5 against Sri Lanka is the highest T20I total at this venue. Put in to bat, India rode on captain Rohit Sharma’s blitzkrieg 43-ball 118 and KL Rahul’s 89 off 49 balls to post their highest-ever T20I score in their allotted 20 overs in the second match of the series in December 2017. In reply, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 172 in 17.2 overs to succumb to a 88-run defeat.
Lowest total: Sri Lanka’s 142/9 against India, posted in January 2020, is the lowest T20I total at the Holkar Cricket Stadium. With India electing to field first, Shardul Thakur picked three wickets while Navdeep Saini and Kuldeep Yadav bagged two wickets each to restrict Sri Lanka to a paltry total in their 20 overs. Later, openers KL Rahul (45), Shikhar Dhawan (32), along with contributions from Shreyas Iyer (34) and captain Virat Kohli (30 not out), helped the hosts chase down the total in 17.3 overs and secure a seven-wicket win in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
Highest individual score: India’s star batter Rohit Sharma has registered the highest individual score at this ground. Playing a T20I against Sri Lanka in 2017, Rohit Sharma smashed 118 off just 43 balls at the Holkar Cricket Stadium. Rohit’s match-winning inning was laced with 12 fours and 10 sixes.
Best bowling figures: India spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has the best bowling figures at this venue in T20I cricket. The leg-spinner claimed four wickets in his four overs against Sri Lanka in a T20 fixture in December 2017. However, Chahal was expensive as he conceded 52 runs in the 24 balls that he bowled. He finished with figures of 4-0-52-4.
Most runs: KL Rahul has scored the most runs at Holkar Cricket Stadium in T20I format. India’s opening batter has accumulated 134 runs in two matches at an average of 67 and at a strike rate of 165.43. Rohit Sharma is second on the list with 118 runs.
Most wickets: Kuldeep Yadav has scalped the most wickets at this venue in Indore in the shortest format. The left-arm chinaman bowler has picked five wickets in two matches at an average of 18. Meanwhile, Kuldeep Yadav’s spin partner Yuzvendra Chahal features second on the list with four wickets.
Highest partnership: India’s Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul have the highest partnership at this venue in T20I cricket. The duo forged a scintillating 165-run stand for the opening wicket against Sri Lanka in 2017. India won the match by 88 runs.
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