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Cricket in Mumbai

If cricket is a religion in India, then genesis of this religion were unarguably sowed in the city of Mumbai. Well, rightfully and deservedly Mumbai can claim itself to be the mother of Indian cricket. After all, it was on the innumerable streets and playgrounds of Mumbai that passion for this sport was born. In other words, cricket in Mumbai was a way of life much before it had conquered national consciousness of our country.

And this is purely why almost all great legends of Indian cricket are from city of Mumbai. The likes of Ajit Wadakar, Vinoo Mankad, Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar and Sachin Tendulkar have all harnessed and honed their cricketing skills in the narrow lanes and playgrounds of Mumbai.

Mumbai’s inherent love for cricket is also validated by Mumbai cricket team’s dominant success in Ranji Trophy – India’s premier domestic cricket competition. Mumbai cricket team has won 40 Ranji titles, most by any team in the history of Ranji Torphy. And of course there is Mumbai Indians, the prestigious IPL team representing the city of Mumbai, which is very passionately supported by people of Mumbai during all IPL matches. Mumbai Indians even lifted the IPL Championship this year, which is of course another feather in the cap of Mumbai.

Lastly and most importantly the headquarters of Board of Control for Cricket in India is located in Mumbai itself, which only again validates that Mumbai is indeed the official home of Indian cricket.          

Cricket stadiums in Mumbai

Currently there are three cricket stadiums in Mumbai. Wankhede stadium, D.Y Patil Stadium and Brabourne Stadium. Out of these Wankhede and D.Y Patil stadium are state-of-the-art cricket stadiums and have hosted dozens of one day internationals and test crickets. As for Brabourne Stadium, only domestic cricket matches are played here.

Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai

D Road, Churchgate, Mumbai – 400020
Phone no: (022) 22795500        
Landmark: walking distance from Churchgate railway station.

The iconic Wankhede stadium jam packed with fans.

D Y Patil Stadium in Mumbai

Sion - Panvel express highway, Nerul,
Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra 400706.

Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai

Veer Nariman Road,
Churchgate, Mumbai,
Maharashtra 400020
Phone no: 022 6659 4100.

Famous playgrounds in Mumbai

If you want to really experience Mumbai’s raw passion for cricket with your own naked eyes, then you’ve to visit Shivaji Park in Dadar and Oval Maidan in south Mumbai. Almost all day these two grounds are jam packed with die hard cricket lovers. Also, many Indian cricket legends including Sachin Tendulkar have played their childhood cricket at these two iconic playgrounds.

Cricket Coaching Academies in Mumbai

Needless to say, Mumbai has many reputed & state-of-the-art cricket coaching academies. The addresses and contact information of some these have been mentioned below.

S.P.Group Cricket Academy in Mumbai

G-68, Konkan Nagar Chs, Near Bombay Scottish School,
Prakash Kotnis Marg, Mahim,
Mumbai - 400016      
Phone no: (022) 61636658.

Podar Sports Academy in Mumbai

Podar Sports Office, Podar Sports Ground, Near Post Office,
Santacruz (W), Mumbai
Phone no: (022) 26601741, 9833819047.

Vengsarkar Cricket Academy in Mumbai

Oval Maidan, near Mumbai High Court
Churchgate, Mumbai.
Phone no: (022) 22046447.

Shivaji Park Gymkhana  in Mumbai

Keluskar Road, Veer Savarkar Marg, Shivaji Park
Dadar West, Mumbai
Phone no: (022) 24443799.

The Sports Gurukul in Mumbai

Stree Mandal , 1st Floor, Behind Asha Parekh Hospital Or Poddar School,
Tagore Road, Santacruz West,
Mumbai – 400054
Phone: (022) 61615493.

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