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K. D. Singh Babu Stadium, Lucknow

KD Singh Babu Stadium
Aerial view of stadium
Ground information
LocationParivartan Chowk, Hazratganj, Lucknow, India
Establishment1957; 67 years ago (1957)
Capacity25,000 [1]
OwnerUttar Pradesh Cricket Association
OperatorUttar Pradesh Cricket Association
TenantsUttar Pradesh cricket team
India national cricket team
States United FC (Football Association)
White Eagle FC (Football Association)
End names
Pavilion End
Gomati End
International information
Only Test18–22 January 1994:
 India v  Sri Lanka
Only ODI27 October 1989:
 Pakistan v  Sri Lanka
First women's Test21–23 November 1976:
 India v  West Indies
Last women's Test14–17 January 2002:
 India v  England
First WODI5 December 1995:
 India v  England
Last WODI1 December 2005:
 India v  England
Team information
Uttar Pradesh Cricket Team (1957-present)
Indian National Cricket Team (1957-present)
States United Football Club (2012)
White Eagle Football Club (2012)
As of 8 December 2019
Source: K. D. Singh Babu Stadium, ESPNcricinfo

KD Singh Babu Stadium, formerly known as the Central Sports Stadium,[2] is a multi-purpose stadium named after the famous hockey player K. D. Singh. The stadium was established in 1957 and it is located near the busy Hazratganj area of downtown Lucknow, in the heart of the city. it has a seating capacity of 25,000. It does support floodlights for day night matches. The stadium is also the home of the Uttar Pradesh cricket team.[3]

The stadium hosts domestic competitions regularly. Several International and national field hockey matches have been played here, now stadium is also used for domestic and few international cricket matches. The stadium is also sometimes used for association football games, like the District Football League matches of Lucknow. In 2012, the tournament was won by Sahara FC after defeating White Eagle Club. UP Police and Sunrise Club made it to the semi-finals that year, at the Dilkusha Grounds.


K. D. Singh Babu Stadium is the main sports hub of Lucknow,[4] it has following facilities:

  • Swimming complex[4]
  • Indoor games complex[4]
  • Synthetic tennis court[5]



K.D. Singh Babu Stadium has hosted following international matches:

  • in 1989, the MRF World Series (Nehru Cup) tournament, where Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by six runs. Imran Khan was the man of the match. This also happens to be the only ODI ever played on this ground.[6]
  • in 1993/94 season, the first Test of Sri Lanka's tour of India where India won by an innings and 119 runs. This was also the last international match played by Men's national side on this ground. India won the toss and chose to bat. Nayan Mongia made his debut and Anil Kumble was the man of the match. Even though this was a 5-day test, 4th day of the test match (21 January 1994) was opted as a rest day and no play was held.[7]
  • in Women's cricket, the ground has hosted test teams from India, Australia, West Indies and New Zealand cricket teams. The first Women test started on 21 Nov 1976. The last test was played on 14 January 2002.[8]
  • in Women's cricket, the ground has hosted ODI teams from India, England, Australia, Netherlands and West Indies cricket teams. The first Women ODI was played on 5 December 1995. The last ODI was played on 1 December 2005.[9]

Records and stats

In Women's cricket, England's opening batters Caroline Atkins and Arran Brindle (aka Arran Thompson) have broken the world record for an opening partnership for England by putting 150 on the board without loss at the end of the first day of the first Test against India in this stadium.[10][11][12]

In Test cricket the highest score was made by India, scoring 511 all out followed by Sri Lanka 218 all out. The next highest score was also made by Sri Lanka scoring 174 all out. The most runs scored here was by Sachin Tendulkar (142 runs), followed by Navjot Sidhu (124 runs) and Roshan Mahanama (118 runs). The most wickets taken here was by Anil Kumble (11 wickets), followed by Muttiah Muralitharan (5 wickets) and Venkatapathy Raju (3 wickets).[7]

The highest scores were made by Pakistan, scoring 219–6 in ODIs. The next highest scores were made by Sri Lanka who scored 213 all out. The most runs scored here was by Imran Khan (84 runs), followed by Aravinda de Silva (83 runs) and Hashan Tillakaratne (71 runs). Wasim Akram, Abdul Qadir and Akram Reza have taken 2 wickets on this ground in ODIs.

See also


  1. ^ "KD Singh Babu Stadium LED sport court lights". 10 February 2022.
  2. ^ Bhushan, Ravi (2003). Reference India: A-F, Volume 1 of Reference India: Biographical Notes on Men & Women of Achievement of Today & Tomorrow, Reference India: Biographical Notes on Men & Women of Achievement of Today & Tomorrow. Rifacimento International. p. 342.
  3. ^ "K.D.Singh 'Babu' Stadium - India - Cricket Grounds". Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "About Lucknow". PCDA (CC) Lucknow Cantt. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  5. ^ Uttara Pradeśa. Uttar Pradesh: Information and Public Relations Department. 2002. p. 154.
  6. ^ "14th Match, MRF World Series (Nehru Cup) at Lucknow, Oct 27 1989 - Match Summary". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  7. ^ a b "1st Test, Sri Lanka tour of India at Lucknow, Jan 18-22 1994 - Match Summary". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Aggregate/overall records - Women's Test matches - ESPNcricinfo". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Aggregate/overall records - Women's One-Day Internationals - ESPNcricinfo Statsguru". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  10. ^ "England women break world batting record in Lucknow". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Records tumble as England women strike form at last". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Records - Women's Test matches - Partnership records - Highest partnership for the first wicket". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 26 August 2018.

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