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‘Green park’ pride of Kanpur under renovation
Green Park Stadium is the only international cricket stadium of uttar pradesh,it is the pride of Kanpur as people from across the world comes to watch international cricket matches,currently the stadium is under going construction from few months and is in renovation stage.Green Park has to host a proposed test match between India and Australia in march 2013 and stadium staff looks very committed to host it as the construction work of directors Pavlovian is going on in full swing.The stadium has the 60000 sitting capacity It also has flood lights to host day-night cricket matches, the stadium is the home ground of Uttar Pradesh Ranji Team.The stadium is under the control of the Sports Department Uttar Pradesh. It is the only International Cricket Stadium in Uttar Pradesh that has hosted many international cricket matches of both Test and One Day format.
HISTORY OF GREEN PARK CRICKET STADIUM:
The Green Park Stadium is named after Madam Green who used to practice Horse-Riding here in 1940′s. It is located in Civil Lines area in the north- east part of Kanpur city near the banks of the river Ganges, which flows just behind the stadium. This is the only stadium in India where Students Gallery is available. Green Park has the largest manually operated scoreboards in the world. Besides it also has video screens which are used during international matches.
India’s first Test win over Australia in December 1959 was at the Green Park ground. It was also the first match to be played on a turf wicket here . Off-spinner Jashubhai patel’s 14 wickets were instrumental in ensuring India’s win.
In 1958 Subhash Gupte took nine West Indian wickets in an inning for 102 runs, and had Lance Gibbs – the only batsman he missed – dropped by wicket keeper Naren Tamhane.
Since 1957 India has lost only twice at Kanpur, to the West Indies on both occasions. When Subhash Gupte’s dream spell was overshadowed by Wes Halls’s 10 wickets in 1958 and later when India’s 1983 world cup euphoria was cut short by Malcum Mashall’s fearsome bowling. The most runs scored were by Gundappa Vishwanath(776 runs), Sunil Gavaskar(629 runs) and Mohammed Azharuddin(543 runs). The most wickets taken were by Kapil Dev(25 wickets), Anil Kumble(21 wickets) and Harbhajan Singh(20 wickets). The most runs scored were Sachin Tendulkar(314 runs), Vinod kambli(217 runs) and Sourav Ganguly.(208 runs). The most wickets taken were by Javagal Srinath(9 wickets), Ajit Agarkar(8 wickets) and Sourav Ganguly(7 wickets).
The ends are known as the Mill Pavilion End and the Hostel End. These are named after the Elgin Mill and DAV College which are close to the stadium.
The pitch at Green Park has traditionally assisted the spinners and there have been some great performances by the likes of Jasubhai Patel and Subhash Gupte etc.
Records and stats. of Green Park cricket Stadium:
|Records and statistics|
|First Test||India v England, 12-14, Jan 1952|
|Last Test||India v Sri Lanka, 24-27, Nov 2009|
|First ODI||India v Sri Lanka, 24-Dec-1986|
|Last ODI||India v England, 20-Nov-2008|
The renovation plans for the city’s Green Park Stadium got a boost with the state government sanctioning 16 crore rupees for the purpose.The government has already released Rs 10 crore and work has started for the refurbishment of the cricket stadium.
“The work of modernisation of the stadium is going at full swing and soon the remaining six crore rupees will be given to the authorities,” new Kanpur district magistrate told reporters.
With UPCA chief Rajiv Shukla taking over as IPL chairman, UPCA officials and players are hoping that the state will get to stage matches of the Twenty-20 league and also take part in the tournament in near future.
Cricket World Cup
This stadium has hosted One Day International (ODI) matches when India hosted the Cricket World Cup.
i. 1987 Cricket World Cup
ii. 1996 Cricket World Cup