This article covers everything about Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, which is commonly known as Mohali Stadium. Read the full article to know the history of it, the notable events which took place in this stadium. And also why is it a famous tourist attraction in Mohali.
Punjab Cricket Association
The Punjab Cricket Association takes care of the development and organisation of Cricket in the Punjab State and Chandigarh. It is the governing body for cricket in Punjab and Chandigarh.
All the meetings and operations used to take place from the residences of the office bearers of the Punjab Cricket Association.After 1992, a World Class Stadium – the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium or the Mohali Stadium was built, which has all the top facilities of International level.
PCA runs and manages the coaching and other activities related to Cricket in important districts of Amritsar, Ludhiana, Mohali and Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Patiala and other districts like Hoshiarpur, Ferozepur, Sangrur, Muktsar, FaridKot, Nawanshahar, Kapurthala.
About Mohali Stadium
The Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, popularly known as the Mohali Stadium, is a huge cricket ground which is situated in Mohali, Punjab. It was built in 1993, and the stadium took about 3 years for the whole construction process to complete.
The cost to build this stadium was INR 25 crores. Geetanshu Klara from Ambala city built this stadium.The Mohali stadium can accommodate around 26,950 spectators and has a playing area of 170000 sq. ft.
There are 600 AC lounge, 5300 VIP Block, 5000 Student Block, 5400 Members Block, 2600 Pavilion Terrace, 9289 Chair Block and 495 North Pavilion in the stadium. The Media Box Capacity of the stadium is 120, and the Media Conference Hall Capacity is 150.
Ar.Khizr and his associates did the designing of the stadium, and a popular construction company in Chandigarh – the R.S. Construction Company did the construction of the stadium. This stadium is home to the Punjab Cricket team and Punjab Kings (PBKS) of IPL (Indian Premier League).
There are 16 floodlights in this stadium which are very low-heighted. Usually, in other cricket stadiums, the light pillars are placed higher. But to avoid aircraft collision from the nearby Chandigarh airport with the light pillars, the floodlights in Mohali are placed lower.
Matches that took place in Mohali Stadium
Mohali Stadium was inaugurated on 22 December 1193 with a One Day International Match, which happened between India and South Africa. The first test match between India and West Indies took place in this stadium on 22 November 1993.
The Cricket World Cup semi-final between Australia and the West Indies, which is one of the most famous and exciting matches, took place in this stadium in February 1996.
Mohali stadium has hosted 3 world cup matches of 2011, which includes the famous and thrilling match between India and Pakistan which was on 30 March 2011. The former Prime Minister of India – Manmohan Singh, and the former Prime Minister of Pakistan – Yusuf Raza Gillani, also attended the match. India was the winner of this match.
The First Test of the Freedom Trophy between India and South Africa in 2015 took place in this stadium. India was the winner of the match with a very huge margin. The spinners in the Indian team performed well and had an advantage because of the pitch.
The South African batsmen were having trouble making runs and playing their shots. It was the first time in this stadium that spinners got an advantage because of the pitch which happened during the match.
The first T20 Internationals between India and Sri Lanka in 2009 was also hosted in Mohali stadium. India was the winner of this match and won by 6 wickets.
World Cup Matches in Mohali Stadium
The stadium has hosted a total of 4 world cup matches. The 1996 Cricket World Cup semi-finals between Australia and West Indies where Australia won by 5 runs.The 2011 Cricket World Cup on 3rd March between South Africa and Netherlands where South Africa won by 231 runs.
The 2011 Cricket World Cup on 11 March between West Indies and Ireland where West Indies won by 44 runs. The 2011 Cricket World Cup on 30 March between India and Pakistan where India won by 29 runs.
T20 Matches in Mohali Stadium
The Mohali stadium had also hosted 3 T20 matches of ICC World Twenty20 in 2016. The first match was between New Zealand and Pakistan on 22 March, where New Zealand won by 22 runs.
The second match was between Australia and Pakistan on 25 March where Australia won by 21 runs. The third match was between Australia and India on 27 March where India won by 6 wickets.
Some of the Notable Records made in Mohali Stadium
16 October 2003, Match between New Zealand and India
Highest Test Total: 630/6d
14 March 2003, Match between India and Australia
Highest Individual Score by Shikhar Dhawan: 187
10 0ctober 1999, Match between India and New Zealand
Best Test Innings Bowling Figures: 6/27 – Dion Nash
Sachin Tendulkar scored the most Test runs -767
Second Highest – Rahul Dravid (735)
Third Highest – Virender Sehwag (645)
Anil Kumble took the most wickets – 36
Second Highest – Harbhajan Singh (24)
Third Highest – Ravindra Jadeja (18)
13 December 2017, Match between India and Sri Lanka
Highest ODI Total: 393/3
13 December 2017, Match between India and Sri Lanka
Highest Individual Score, Rohit Sharma: 208
27 October 2006, ICC Champions Trophy between South Africa and Pakistan
Best ODI Innings Bowling Figures – Makhaya Ntini (5/21)
3 March 2011, Match between South Africa and the Netherlands
Highest ODI Partnership: 221 by Hashim Amla & AB De Villiers.
Harbhajan Singh took the most wickets – 11
Second Highest: Glenn McGrath (8), Saqlain Mushtaq (8)
Twenty20 International Records
12 December 2009, Match between India and Sri Lanka
Highest Twenty20 Total: 211/4
27 March 2016, Match between India and Australia
Highest Individual Twenty20 Score: Virat Kohli (82)
25 March 2016, Match between Australia and Pakistan
Best Twenty20 Innings Bowling Figures: James Faulkner (5/27)
12 December 2009, Match between Sri Lanka and India
Highest Twenty20 Partnership: Sanath Jayasuriya & Kumar Sangakkara (81)
Virat Kohli scored the most runs – 154
Second Highest – Yuvraj Singh (81)
Third Highest – Martin Guptill (80)
James Faulkner took the most wickets – 6
Second Highest – Yuvraj Singh (4)
Third Highest – Hardik Pandya (3)
Pitch of the Mohali Stadium
The pitch of the Mohali stadium is one of the greenest and the area of the field of play which is at a distance from the batsman, i.e. the outfield has lush green grass. Daljit Singh, a former cricketer and a pitch curator, is the current pitch curator of the Mohali stadium.
It is a great pitch for the fast bowlers as the ball maintains its shine for a longer period and gives the bowlers an advantage. But as the match continues, the pitch slows down later. Therefore the pitch has an advantage for the pace bowlers, spinners and the batsman as well.
Inderjit Singh Bindra Stadium
The PCA Stadium or the Mohali Stadium was re-named as Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in 2015 after Inderjit Singh Bindra. He was a former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer.
Inderjit Singh Bindra was linked with cricket administration since 1975 and was the President of BCCI from 1993 – 1996. He was the President of Punjab Cricket Association Stadium for around 30 years from 1978 – 2014 and then became the Chairman of Punjab Cricket Association in 2015.
Inderjit Singh Bindra was also the advisor while forming the Indian Premier League (IPL). He was then the Principal Advisor of the International Cricket Council (ICC)
Punjab Cricket Association Club Facilities
Punjab Cricket Club Facilities Rate as on Membership Rate
For PCA Associate Membership, the entrance fee is INR 30,000 with extra taxes.
For country membership, the entrance fee is INR 1,70,000 with extra taxes. The annual subscription rate is INR 3600.
For country membership of people over 65 years, the entrance fee is INR 1,70,000 with extra taxes. The annual subscription rate is INR 1800.
For Cricket Membership, the entrance fee is 20,000 with extra taxes. The annual subscription rate is INR 3600.
You can get more information about the Club facilities and membership on the official website of the Punjab Cricket Association.
Address and Contact Details of Mohali Stadium
Punjab Cricket Association
I.S. Bindra Stadium, Sector-63,
SAS Nagar, Mohali – 160 062
Mohali is famous for its Punjab Cricket Association Stadium or Mohali Stadium. The stadium is among the top 10 tourist attractions in Mohali. If you are a cricket lover, you must visit this place.