Tag Cricket Grounds
Punjab is a state of my country about whom you will hear very less, but will find it's pieces everywhere.
Whenever there is a wealth survey of each state, Punjab acquires the best of places... The fact remains that India has a total of 29 International cricket grounds, including 19 of test match grounds but Mohali cricket ground at Chandigarh in Punjab is one of the most beautiful looking of them.
Lets have a look at it's specialities : -
1. A total of 16 Floodlight towers :- Yes... when most of International cricket grounds have 4 or 6 floodlight towers, Mohali ground has 16 of them. This was done because of a reason which turned a problem into a blessing --
Mohali Ground is very near to an India Air Force base, which results in planes/flights passing over the grounds virtually every hour. This meant that the floodlight towers at Mohali can't be too tall... but when PCA members decided to increase the number of towers rather than their height to accumulate enough light for a Day/Night match - it resulted in virtually no shadow of players on the field.
All in all, a job very well done.
2. A lake around the field :- A number of methods has been tried to stop spectators from coming onto the playing field, or even throwing something on it. Some grounds use Nets (as at Bangalore), while some go for the old fashioned method of employing extra cops. Mohali Cricket Ground has a man made lake - approximately a metre in height and breath, which keeps unwanted things out of playing area.
This doesn't mean that the playing field is shorter by any means... the boundary lengths at Mohali is more than 75 yards to each edge from the wickets on the pitch.
3. The greenest of them all :- As I said, Punjab is the state of my country which is quite wealthy as compared to others... and the biggest reason for it is their farmers. And seems like PCA has brought some special Punjabi soil for Mohali cricket ground because whenever you get a chance to watch a cricket match their, its greenery and its spectators friendly looks will take your heart away...!!
Probably equals the aura of Eden Gardens at Kolkatta, if not exceeds it.
4. The youngest of them all :- And what's more - Mohali cricket ground is the youngest test playing ground of India, having being built in 1983 and hosted it's first ever test match against West Indies from 10th of December 1994.
The Pitch at Mohali :-
Nearly every foreign team that comes to India, feels exited by seeing Mohali in their schedule. The reason for that is Mohali cricket ground has one of the greenest pitches of India... and as the outfield is lush green, the ball keeps its shine for a long time and allows the fast bowlers to exploit the conditions at the most. The proof for that being Indian team's demolition against West Indies in that first every team match and again against New Zealand in 1999 when they bundled out for just 83.
The Mohali pitch is also known to slow down later on and become batting paradise.
The Address of Mohali cricket ground : Sector 63, SAS Nagar, Mohali in Chandigarh - 160059, Punjab.
The weather forecast for Mohali.