Gymkhana Ground (Esplanade Maidan; Azad Maidan)

Mumbai, India
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When you have the Brabourne Stadium, Wankhede and the DY Patil in Mumbai, the Gymkhana Ground is of little consequence. But for people who have spent their formative years playing here sure will have fond memories of this ground. Formerly known as Esplanade Maidan and Azad Maidan it was established in 1875 exclusively for Europeans and even Ranji was refused admission into the ground. It has a capacity of 15,000. The first test was played between India and England from December 15-18, 1933. It was created as a private club with a classic pavilion and no fixed seating anywhere on the ground. There were also marquees erected to accommodate the vast crowds who turned up.


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