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Vidarbha CA Stadium, Nagpur
November 07, 2002
First Published: 17:15 IST(7/11/2002)
Last Updated: 17:25 IST(7/11/2002)

The orange city of Nagpur is the birthplace of India's first Test captain CK Nayudu and there is a road named after him just outside the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium.

Tragedy enveloped the ground on November 26, 1995 when nine spectators were killed and 70 others injured after a stand collapsed during a one-dayer between India and New Zealand.

After its inaugural Test, Nagpur had to wait 14 years to host another.

Drama surrounded the beginning of the match as Sandeep Patil, a late selection to the eleven, was stranded in Bombay and had to be ferried by a specially chartered government plane.

Although he landed only late in the afternoon, rain had fortunately lopped off most of the playing time.

The wicket has traditionally been flat as a billiard table.

Sachin Tendulkar's 179 against the West Indies remains the highest knock on this ground.

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