Wankhede Stadium Profile:
The Wankhede Stadium was opened in 1975 and staged its first Test match that same year when the West Indies visited India.
Its development came about after a dispute between the Cricket Club of India, who ran the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, and the Bombay Cricket Association over the allocation of tickets.
Brabourne was the main stadium in the city before the BCA chose to build Wankhede just a mile away.
The Wankhede Stadium has gone on to hosts some memorable cricketing moments. It hosted the final of the 2011 World Cup Final as India defeated Sri Lanka to become the first country to win the title on home soil.
The ground also played host to Sachin Tendulkar’s final international appearance. It was the venue where Sunil Gavaskar hit a magnificent 205 against the West Indies and Alvin Kallicharan bagged 187 in the same game in the 1978-79 series. Wankhede also saw Ian Botham’s century and 13 wickets as England won the Jubilee Test in 1980
It is a hugely popular ground and is also the home of the Mumbai Indians in the IPL.
What to look for when betting on matches at Wankhede Stadium
Wankhede is a fairly balanced venue for both bowling and batting but does provide assistance at times that can be factored in when betting on matches there.
The seaside location has always meant that swing bowlers are helped at Wankhede by the sea breeze, especially at the start of each day and again in the final session. This assistance has waned since the stands were redeveloped for the 2011 World Cup.
The pitch has always been seen as batsman-friendly, but spinners do come into play during the final few days.
Betting on IPL matches at Wankhede Stadium
The average first innings score for T20 matches at the ground during 2019 was 176.145, which will be useful to know when looking to bet on IPL games.
Interestingly, batting first or second at Wankhede over the last 10 years hasn’t had a major impact on the overall result. The outcome stands at 50per cent for both.