Sawai Mansingh Stadium

Published: Saturday, January 1, 2000, 18:23 [IST]
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The Sawai Mansingh Stadium is a cricket stadium in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. It was built in the reign of king Sawai Man Singh and so called SMS Stadium in short. It is situated at one corner of the Rambagh Circle.

The Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur has hosted a solitary Test match, on February 21, 1987, when Pakistan President Gen Zia-ul-Haq hopped across the border to watch the second day's play as part of his "Cricket for Peace" initiative. The Test was notable for Younis Ahmed's return to the Test fray after an absence of over 17 years and also for Sunny Gavaskar's dismissal to the first ball of the Test match, for the third time in an otherwise illustrious career. The game sputtered to a draw after the third day's play was abandoned following heavy rain and a controversy over the alleged deposition of sawdust on the wicket which Pakistan objected to. This is the only test which was played on this ground so far.

Jaipur's ODI debut had kicked off with a contest between the same two sides during the 1983-84 season on October 2, 1983. Fresh from their World Cup triumph, the Indians comfortably won by four wickets, sporting the same XI that won the World Cup final. The ground has also hosted two World Cup matches in 1987 and 1996 respectively, the West Indians losing to England in the former and beating Australia in the latter. The last ODI played on the ground is between India and Sri Lanka on October 31, 2005.

The Highest individual score by any batsman on this ground in ODI is 183(not out) by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

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