Named after Sawai Man Singh II, the last ruling prince of India's Pink City before it acceded to the Indian Union after independence, the venue made its international debut in 198384.
The wicket has traditionally favoured batsmen and given nightmares to bowlers. It has hosted nine ODIs and a solitary Test in 1986-87 against Pakistan. Pakistani President Ziaul-Haq also came for the second day’s play to propagate the idea of ‘Cricket for Peace’.
History was made in the second one-dayer played at the venue, when Australian openers David Boon and Geoffrey Marsh became the first to post an unbeaten double century partnership. The ground went on to host two World Cup matches.
England beat the West Indies in 1987, while the West Indies overcame the trauma of a loss to Kenya in their previous game and outplayed the Australians in a league encounter of the 1996 World Cup. The venue will stage six Champions Trophy games. India play England, on October 15, in their first group match.