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Where was first test match played in India? where did Anil Kumble took all the 10 wickets in an innings? where was highest 10th wicket partnership made (until it was broken by Azhar Mehmood & Mushtaq Ahmed of Pakistan after 45 years)?
Answer is simple - Feroz Shah Kotla ground at Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg in New Delhi. You can contact the DDCA officials at phone number +91-11-23319323 tickets and other enquiries.
Established as early as 1883, Kotla stadium has undergone some heavy reconstruction recently. Upgraded media centre, indoor practice facilities, Swimming pool for players and other requirements are made to make Feroz shah ground a prime International venue. Sadly, local league games will not be allowed at the stadium anymore, which will host only big national and International fixtures.
A total of 40 crore has been put in, which will also increase the seating arrangments to over 60,000 fans. That said, the boundary edges still be making this stadium as one of the smallest cricket ground in India.
Another stadium in Delhi - the capital of India is being made, so that plenty of T20 Internationals and Ranji matches can be played regularly.
A fun fact
Feroz Shah Tuglaq, the Emperor of Delhi between 1351 to 1388, had a passion for building and is also known in the history books as a builder.
Records at Delhi cricket stadium
Out of 28 test matches till date, 9 have been won by India while only 6 have seen home team lose. In a way a happy hunting ground for India - 13 test matches have been drawns by India has an unbeaten 6 consecutive wins at the ground.
The highest total made at Kotla is 644 for 8 made by windies in 1959. Lowest total is by India who were bowled out for just 75 inside 31 overs against windies in 1987. Dulip Vengsarkar has the most runs here with his total of 671 from 8 matches, whereas from current batsman Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid has 489, 471 & 456 runs respectively.
Vinod Kambli once scored 227 here, but Brett Sutcliffe of NZ's 230* is the highest score.
The best bowling figures at Kotla ground so far, is 10 for 74 by Anil Kumble against Pakistan. In a full test match, most leathal bowler here has been 14 for 149 by the same Indian leg-spinner. Kumble has a total of 48 wickets at Kotla, more than any other International bowler.