(Last Updated on : 21/05/2013)
Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, formerly known as Willingdon Pavilion, is situated in the capital city of India, Delhi and is considered to be one of the most developed and popular Cricket stadiums in India. The stadium was established in the year 1883 and is located in the capital city of India, Delhi
. The stadium was named after the Emperor of Delhi, Feroz Shah Tughlaq, who ruled from 1351 to 1388. Being considered as one of the oldest Cricket stadiums in India, the ground earned the distinction of hosting the first-ever Test match in post-independence India. The match was held between India and West Indies, when West Indies came for its first ever tour of India, under John Goddard in 1948-49. The match was played in November 1948.
The Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium is being run, managed and maintained by the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA). It houses all the necessary modern facilities for successfully organising an international Cricket match, including the floodlights. The stadium hosted its first ever Test match from 10-14 November, 1948, and the match were played between India and West Indies. The first ODI match hosted in this stadium was the match between India and Sri Lanka on 15th September, 1982. The stadium has been the home venue of the Delhi Dare Devils team of the Indian Premier League, since 2008. The stadium has a capacity of over 40,000. It is also the home ground for Delhi Ranji Team.
The Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi has so far witnessed some of the greatest performances in the history of Cricket and several records have been made and broken in this ground. In the 1952 Test between India and Pakistan, the two Indian players, Hemu Adhikari and Ghulam Ahmed shared a record tenth wicket stand of 109 runs, which stood for several years. In 1965, the famous Indian off-spinner, S Venkataraghavan, demolished the New Zealand line up with figures of 8 for 72 and 4 for 80, in a match during his debut Test series. However, the most important record that was made in the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium was that of Anil Kumble.
In a Test match against Pakistan in 1999, Anil Kumble picked up all the 10 wickets of the Pakistani innings and became only the second bowler to do so, after Jim Laker of England. The highest Test total in this stadium is 644/8 declared by West Indies against India in the 1958-59 seasons. The lowest Test total in this stadium is 75 by India against West Indies in the 1987-88 seasons. The highest ODI total at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium is 303 by Pakistan against India in the 2004-05 seasons. The most embarrassing moment for the Feroz Shah Kotla came after the match was abandoned, India v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, December 27, 2009. Lankan Captain Kumar Sangakara complained of bad and uneven bounce and the pitch was declared unfit for international games. A through investigation was ordered and ICC decided to ban Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium from any international matches.
Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium did host some matches for 2011 ICC World Cup, and IPL 2011 as well. Prior to the World Cup 2011, the stadium was completely restructured and renovated. Infra structure has been upgraded and facilities have been made world class for the benefits of the spectators.