Having hosted the first ever test match to be played in international cricket in 1877, the 1,00,024 capacity Melbourne Cricket Ground boasts of holding two distinguished records. Not only is it one of the oldest and most iconic stadiums in the world but also the largest ever venue in world cricket. With large concourses spanning the massive field, the MCG will be play venue to Australia vs India third test match of the four-match Domain test series.
The Melbourne Cricket Ground played host to one of the most memorable moments in cricket on 15th of March, 1877, hosting the first test match ever to be played between hosts, Australia and England. MCG’s illustrious association with cricket began when Alfred Shaw bowled the first Test delivery to Charles Bannerman on the day in a test match that swung the home side’s way by 45 runs.
Not only does it have the distinction of hosting the first ever test between Australia and England but also hosted the first ever ODI between Australia and England on the 5th of January, 1971 in what began a famous rivalry, one that is now regarded as one of the greatest in cricket.
The Melbourne Cricket Ground has gone on to play its fair share in cricket, with some of the best encounters to be played in the game are witnessed on this ground. The ground has seen a total of 109 Tests being played in 140 years of cricket on it in which an aggregate of 111161 runs have been scored and 3687 wickets have fallen. The distinguished record is second only to the Lord’s Stadium in cricket which has hosted more matches and witnessed more runs and wickets.
It was not just cricket though that the venue is famous for. Recommissioned for use for the military during the Second World War, the MCG was also the main stadium for the 1956 Olympic Games, a coveted feather in its cap.
At a capacity of a little over 1, 00,000, the MCG is one of the most daunting arenas for a visiting side. The Great Southern Stand can hold 50,000 and be an extremely intimidating viewing when filled with the home support cheering for their side vociferously. Adding to the picture are the two magnificent giant scoreboards, Bay 13 and the giant light towers which are the tallest for any sporting venue in the world.
For India, Virender Sehwag played one of the country’s most memorable innings at the ground when he smashed 195 in the 26 December test match between the two sides in 2003. The Indian top order should be watching that innings in repeat to draw inspiration from typically fearless Sehwag masterclass innings.
RECORDS AT THE MCG:
Number of International Matches: 270
Number of Tests: 110
Highest Team Score: 624 for 8 declared (Australia vs Pakistan, 2016)
Highest Individual Score: Bob Cowper (307, Australia vs England, 1966)
Maximum Runs: Don Bradman (1671 in 17 innings)
Best Bowling in a Match: Wilfred Rhodes (15-124 in 30.2 overs in 1904)
Best Bowling in an Innings: Sarfraz Nawaz (9-86 in 35.4 overs in 1979)
Maximum Wickets: Dennis Lillee (82 in 26 innings)
Number of ODIs: 148
Highest Team Score: 344 for 8 (ICC World XI vs Asia XI, 2005)
Highest Individual Score: Jason Roy (180 vs Australia, 2018)
Maximum Runs: Ricky Ponting (2108 in 41 innings)
Best Bowling in a Match: Ajit Agarkar (6-42 in 9.3 overs in 2004)
Maximum Wickets: Shane Warne (46 in 28 innings)