L.B. Stadium, Hyderabad, IndiaThe Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium is Hyderabad, India's Test cricket ground. The first match was played here on November 19, 1955. Floodlights were introduced in the mid 1990s. It is named after Lal Bahadur Shastri, India's former Prime Minister.
Formerly the Fateh Maidan, It was never one of India's frontline venues for holding a test match. New Zealand were the opponents in all three Tests staged there. The last of which was long ago. In a one of the great World Cup matches played in 1987, David Houghton's scored a magnificent 142, and fell just short of lifting Zimbabwe to an epic victory. It played host to some of the best Indian cricketers, and an home turf for cricketers Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, ML Jaisimha, Mohammad Azharuddin, VVS Laxman and Arshad Ayub, who played in the Indian side's only Test wins there
It has a slow and low batsman-friendly pitch and was mostly friendly slow spin bowlers as well. As a one-day arena, it also witnessed a record-breaking 331-run partnership between Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid in 1999-2000, against New Zealand.