Green Park Stadium – For Cricket Lovers

On the next day, we got up a bit late as we were tired of continuous travelling. Also, Prabhdeep was not his usual self today, so we decided to relax for a while in the hotel, and continue our exploration of the industrial city of Kanpur post lunch. We had our breakfast in the room, and played with my kiddo in the room only. We just spent the beautiful morning lazily, regaining our charge and getting ready for further visits. Prabhjeet also got our sole attention and was beaming at it. We had lunch in the hotel restaurant and left for the next destination - Green park Stadium of Kanpur.

Green Park Stadium Kanpur

Green Park Stadium Kanpur | Image Resource : en.wikipedia.org

 

I was getting very excited as I am a huge cricket fan and was viewing a stadium live for the first time in my life. Though my wife was not interested in visiting this stadium, but I somehow convinced her. On entering, I was spellbound to see such a huge stadium.

The Green park Stadium of Kanpur can accommodate 39,255 spectators- now that is a huge crowd. Though, the location of the stadium is not of required standards as is it considered o be situated in one of the most polluted city of India.

The stadium was constructed in the year 1945 and since then, has been the place for many cricket matches; most of them were dull and dry because of the not so good pitch.

The flood lights of the stadium are installed very low, lying close to the ground. These lights were first used in the year 2007 while a test cricket match between India and South Africa.

Flood Lights in Green Park Stadium

Flood Lights in Green Park Stadium | Image Resource : panoramio.com


The first cricket test match that was held on this field was on January 12-14, 1952 that was held between the teams of India and England and the first ODI that was played here was on December 24, 1986 ,between teams of India and Sri Lanka on.( I enquired all this on internet when was in hotel)

But this ground is still remembered with proud for Mohammad Azharuddin’s three consecutive innings of hundreds, in the time of his sensational debut. Shahid Afridi has also recorded a 45-ball century at this ground. This place is worth a visit for the cricket fans.

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