For years, the city of Mumbai has had great cricketing tradition. Budding cricketers can be seen practicing on its grounds all day long, with inputs from their coaches. The coaches are highly respected, for, it is them who have produced the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, Vijay Merchant, Polly Umrigar and Ajit Wadekar, to name a few.
The Wankhede Stadium has been one of the major pillars of the Indian cricketing fraternity. It first hosted a Test match in 1975 and, since then, has successfully conducted many international and domestic matches.
The ground is located near the beautiful Marine Drive and hence, experiences wind throughout the day. This stadium is also fortunate to have one of the most amazing sports crowd in world cricket. The fans love their game and their players.
The Wankhede has been one of the most romantic venues in Indian cricket and has witnessed some truly wonderful moments.
This slider looks at the most iconic moments in Indian cricket at this Mumbai venue.
#5 Virat Kohli's 235 vs England, 2016
With the help of debutant Keaton Jennings's century and half-centuries from Moeen Ali and Jos Buttler, England managed a decent first innings total of 400 in the Mumbai Test in 2016. India, in reply, started off decently against the visitors with the bat. When Cheteshwar Pujara was dismissed, the scorecard read 146-2.
The fall of the second wicket meant that the Indian skipper walked in. He and Murali Vijay kept toiling against the English bowlers. The two added 116 runs between them before Adil Rashid caught the Tamil Nadu opener off his own bowling. Despite that wicket, India looked in control. But, there was a twist in the tale.
England took four quick wickets, while India still trailed by 36 runs. Virat Kohli continued playing some brilliant strokes and reached the three-figure mark. He knew that it was only a job half-done and managed to find an able partner in Jayant Yadav.
As he had done all innings, Kohli reached his 150 with a marvellous on-drive. This sheer dominance displayed by Kohli led to tiredness amongst the English player. The Indian captain, though, showed no mercy as he reached his third double century. Meanwhile, Jayant too reached his century.
Before getting out on 235, the skipper had taken his team's lead over 200. The Indian bowling attack ran through the English batting line-up, with Ravichandran Ashwin scalping six wickets. India, very convincingly, won the Test match by an innings and 36 runs.