The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai is one of the most iconic cricket stadiums in India. It has its fair share of historic moments in Indian cricketing history, headlined by the team’s victory in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 final against Sri Lanka.
Situated in India’s traditional cricket capital, Wankhede Stadium was built in 1974 due to a dispute between Cricket Club of India and Mumbai Cricket Association. While the first match, a Test, was held here in January 1975 against West Indies, India’s first win at the venue was against New Zealand, almost two years later.
There have been 27 ODIs conducted at the Wankhede Stadium since the first one in January 1987. The team batting first has won on 13, while the team batting second has won on 14 occasions. India’s record at the Wankhede Stadium isn’t very bright, with 10 wins and nine losses in 19 ODIs.
The seaside location of the Wankhede Stadium, situated on the Marine Drive in Mumbai, aids swing bowlers due to the breeze. Meanwhile, spinners also get help due to the red soil and bounce. However, the Wankhede Stadium rewards good batsmanship, especially due to its short boundaries after the renovation ahead of the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
Let us deep-dive into the ODI records and stats at the Wankhede Stadium.
Wankhede Stadium ODI records
Highest team total
South Africa have registered the highest team total in ODIs at the Wankhede Stadium. The Proteas put on a mammoth score of 438/4 against India in October 2015. AB de Villiers’ 61-ball 119 along with tons for Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis set up the visitors’ 214-run success.
Meanwhile, India have never scored 300 or more in an ODI at the venue. Their highest total of 299/4 was achieved against Sri Lanka in January 1987, a match which they won by 10 runs.
Lowest team total
Bangladesh were bundled over for 115 against India in May 1998 at the Wankhede Stadium. It remains the lowest team total at the venue in ODIs. While Anil Kumble and Venkatesh Prasad picked up three wickets each, Sachin Tendulkar joined in the act with two wickets to dismantle the Bangla Tigers’ batters. Needless to say, India went on to win the game.
Zimbabwe’s 135 and New Zealand’s 153 complete the top three lowest team totals at this venue. Of the eight totals below 200, India feature only once.
Sachin Tendulkar, a Mumbai-based player, holds the record for the most runs in ODIs at the Wankhede Stadium. The Master Blaster amassed 455 runs in 11 matches, averaging 41.36, at his home ground.
Among active players, Virat Kohli, who ranks third overall, has scored the most runs at the venue in the 50-over format. The King of Cricket has scored 265 runs in five ODIs at an average of 66.25 and a strike rate of 90.44.
Former Indian pacer Venkatesh Prasad has picked up 15 wickets at the Wankhede Stadium in ODIs - the most by any bowler. He maintained a stunning economy rate of 3.98, while averaging a wicket every 14.86 runs at the venue.
Prasad is followed by Anil Kumble, who is India’s leading wicket-taker across all formats. Kumble picked 12 wickets in eight matches with best bowling figures of 4/25 at this venue.
Average first innings score
Wankhede Stadium has provided its fair share of high-scoring encounters over the years. After 27 ODIs, the average first innings score at the ground is 240.
Meanwhile, the average second innings score is considerably lower at 201 runs.
David Warner and Aaron Finch hold the record for the highest partnership at the Wankhede Stadium in ODIs. The Australian duo stitched an unbeaten stand of 258 runs in 37.4 overs in January 2020 as the visitors comfortably chased India’s total of 255. It is also the highest partnership in India vs Australia ODIs.
Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina recorded India’s highest stand in 50-over games at the venue in October 2011. They put on 131 runs for the fourth wicket, guiding India to a six-wicket victory against England.
Highest individual score
Sri Lankan legend Sanath Jayasuriya slammed the highest individual score in ODIs at the Wankhede Stadium. He scored an unbeaten 151 off just 120 balls, including 17 fours and four maximums. The Lankans chased down India’s 225/7 with more than nine overs to spare, courtesy of Jayasuriya’s blitzkrieg.
Virat Kohli (121), Sachin Tendulkar (114) and Mohammad Azharuddin (108*) are the only centurions here from the Indian cricket team in the 50-over format.
Best bowling figures
Murali Karthik, the former Indian spinner, picked up six wickets, while conceding only 27 runs, against Australia at the Wankhede Stadium in October 2007. His outstanding spell played a major role in India’s two-wicket win on the day. The spell is also the best bowling figures in ODIs at the venue.
There have been three five-wicket hauls and 10 four-fors at the Wankhede Stadium so far in this format.
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