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Bombay Gymkhana
Gymkhana
established in 1875,[1] is one of the premiere gymkhanas (sports arena) in the city of Mumbai, India. Bombay Gymkhana Rugby Club (rugby union) are tenants. It is located in the South Mumbai
South Mumbai
area and was originally built as a British-only club, designed by English architect, Claude Batley.[2] The Gymkhana
Gymkhana
Grounds lie in the southern end of the Azad Maidan. The ground itself is on leased property. It has a triangular area, with the southern end facing the VSNL
VSNL
building. MG Road and H Somal Marg are the two roads on either end that begin from the southern end. It is boxed in by a shortcut lane which connects Churchgate
Churchgate
to Victoria Terminus.

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1 Sports 2 Road widening controversy 3 See also 4 References 5 External links

Sports[edit] A long building which serves as the lobby, table tennis area, badminton court, restaurant and lounge connects the two roads. The region between the building and the lane is a large ground. It is very difficult to get membership into this exclusive club.[3]

The Bombay Gymkhana, c. 1905

Cricket
Cricket
is played here in the winter months, and rugby and football in the monsoon months. This used to be major centre for the erstwhile Bombay Pentangular cricket matches. The ground had the distinction of hosting India's first Test cricket
Test cricket
match on 15 December 1933,[4] captained by CK Nayudu. Temporary stands were put up at the ground to accommodate a record crowd of 50,000 people, with tickets selling at five times their usual price.[5] The match is remembered for Lala Amarnaths century, noted to be one of the best innings played in Indian cricket.[6] It hasn't hosted any senior matches since the Brabourne Stadium
Brabourne Stadium
took its place in 1937, replacing the ground as the venue for the Bombay Pentangular as well as international matches.[7] The ground also has the distinction for hosting the first ever International Test Cricket
Cricket
match played by the disabled on 10th December, 2002. This first ever Test cricket
Test cricket
match of disabled was played between India
India
and England. The match was of one day duration and India
India
had won the match. The Australian cricket team
Australian cricket team
used the grounds to practice prior to their clash with India
India
in the 1996 Cricket
Cricket
World Cup. In 2004, the Indian Women's team played a One Day International
One Day International
versus the Australian Women's team at Bombay Gymkhana.[8] In March 2010, Mumbai Indians played a practice match at the ground ahead of the IPL Season.[9] Later in the year, Canada played a match against a Bombay Gymkhana
Gymkhana
team to prepare of the World Cup in 2011.[10] The ground also hosts a national rugby competition, and has recently hosted matches against Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
and a few other South Asian
South Asian
teams. It has also hosted national and international squash tournaments. Bombay Gymkhana
Gymkhana
houses three badminton courts, five squash courts, six tennis courts, six tables for billiards and snooker, one swimming pool and a fitness centre.[11] Until a few years ago, only men could gain membership to the club. Women were able to join from the early 2000s.[citation needed]

Flag of Bombay Gymkhana

Road widening controversy[edit] The BMC wants to widen the adjacent Hazarimal Somani Marg from 50 feet to 80 feet and required about 6000 feet of land from the Bombay Gymkhana.[12] The gymkhana has been contenting[clarification needed] the saying stating its heritage status.[13] The Gymkhana
Gymkhana
has also been slapped with charges for illegally constructing additional buildings including a CEO's bungalow and wine shop.[14] See also[edit]

List of Test cricket
Test cricket
grounds One-Test wonder List of India's gentlemen's clubs

References[edit]

^ "Once Upon A Time: Bombay Gymkhana
Gymkhana
was first club to bring multiple sports together". 2016-08-21. Retrieved 2016-08-21.  ^ "Bombay gymkhana plans to shut kitchens: The History". Mid Day. Retrieved 2009-06-17.  ^ "New clubs on the block". Daily News and Analysis. Archived from the original on 5 December 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-17.  ^ " Gymkhana
Gymkhana
Ground: Test Matches". ESPN Cricinfo. 17 June 2011. Archived from the original on 16 December 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011.  ^ "When Test cricket
Test cricket
came to India". ESPNCricinfo. 29 April 2006. Retrieved 28 February 2012.  ^ "'Pure romantic, Byron of Indian cricket'". The Hindu. 6 August 2000. Retrieved 28 February 2012.  ^ Anandji Dossa, Vasant Raiji (1987). CCI & the Brabourne Stadium, 1937-1987. Cricket
Cricket
Club of India. pp. 29–30.  ^ "Mithali Raj steers India
India
home". ESPNCricinfo. 17 December 2004. Retrieved 28 February 2012.  ^ "Tendulkar rewinds time at the Bombay Gymkhana". ESPNCricinfo. 9 March 2010. Retrieved 28 February 2012.  ^ "Canada to tour India
India
for World Cup preparations". ESPNCricinfo. 15 November 2010. Retrieved 28 February 2012.  ^ "Once Upon A Time: Bombay Gymkhana
Gymkhana
was first club to bring multiple sports together". 2016-08-21. Retrieved 2016-08-23.  ^ "Mumbai: BMC wants 6,000 sq m of Bombay Gymkhana
Gymkhana
land". Retrieved 2016-08-23.  ^ "Once Upon A Time: Bombay Gymkhana
Gymkhana
was first club to bring multiple sports together". 2016-08-21. Retrieved 2016-08-23.  ^ "Bombay Gymkhana
Gymkhana
row: CEO's bungalow, wine shop built without nod, says Collector". 2016-08-11. Retrieved 2016-08-23. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Bombay Gymkhana.

Cricinfo Website - Ground Page HSBC Bombay Gymkhana
Gymkhana
Maharashtra
Maharashtra
State Open Squash Championship 2006 Results Club website cricketarchive Website - Ground Page

Coordinates: 18°56′14.75″N 72°49′52.36″E / 18.9374306°N 72.8312111°E / 18.9374306; 72.8312111

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International cricket grounds in India

Test

Central

Green Park Stadium
Green Park Stadium
(Kanpur) K. D. Singh Babu Stadium (Lucknow) University Ground (Lucknow) Vidarbha Cricket
Cricket
Association Ground (Nagpur) Sawai Mansingh Stadium
Sawai Mansingh Stadium
(Jaipur) Vidarbha Cricket
Cricket
Association Stadium (Nagpur) Holkar Stadium
Holkar Stadium
(Indore)

East

Barabati Stadium
Barabati Stadium
(Cuttack) Eden Gardens
Eden Gardens
(Kolkata) JSCA International Cricket
Cricket
Stadium (Ranchi)

North

Feroz Shah Kotla Ground
Feroz Shah Kotla Ground
(New Delhi) Gandhi Stadium
Gandhi Stadium
(Jalandhar) Punjab Cricket
Cricket
Association IS Bindra Stadium (Mohali) Sector 16 Stadium (Chandigarh)

South

Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket
Cricket
Stadium (Visakhapatnam) Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Chennai) Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium
Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium
(Hyderabad) M. A. Chidambaram Stadium
M. A. Chidambaram Stadium
(Chennai) M. Chinnaswamy Stadium
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium
(Bangalore) Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket
Cricket
Stadium (Hyderabad)

West

Bombay Gymkhana
Gymkhana
(Mumbai) Brabourne Stadium
Brabourne Stadium
(Mumbai) Sardar Patel Stadium
Sardar Patel Stadium
(Ahmedabad) Wankhede Stadium
Wankhede Stadium
(Mumbai) Maharashtra
Maharashtra
Cricket
Cricket
Association Stadium (Pune)

ODI

Central

Barkatullah Khan Stadium (Jodhpur) Green Park Stadium
Green Park Stadium
(Kanpur) K. D. Singh Babu Stadium (Lucknow) Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Indore) Roop Singh Stadium
Roop Singh Stadium
(Gwalior) Sawai Mansingh Stadium
Sawai Mansingh Stadium
(Jaipur) Vidarbha Cricket
Cricket
Association Ground (Nagpur) Vidarbha Cricket
Cricket
Association Stadium (Nagpur) Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground (Greater Noida)

East

Barabati Stadium
Barabati Stadium
(Cuttack) Eden Gardens
Eden Gardens
(Kolkata) JSCA International Cricket
Cricket
Stadium (Ranchi) Keenan Stadium
Keenan Stadium
(Jamshedpur) Moin-ul-Haq Stadium
Moin-ul-Haq Stadium
(Patna) Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Guwahati)

North

Feroz Shah Kotla Ground
Feroz Shah Kotla Ground
(New Delhi) Gandhi Stadium
Gandhi Stadium
(Jalandhar) Gandhi Sports Complex Ground (Amritsar) Himachal Pradesh Cricket
Cricket
Association Stadium (Dharamsala) Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (New Delhi) Nahar Singh Stadium
Nahar Singh Stadium
(Faridabad) Punjab Cricket
Cricket
Association IS Bindra Stadium (Mohali) Sector 16 Stadium (Chandigarh) Sher-i-Kashmir Stadium (Srinagar)

South

Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket
Cricket
Stadium (Vishakapatnam) Indira Gandhi Stadium
Gandhi Stadium
(Vijayawada) Indira Priyadarshini Stadium
Indira Priyadarshini Stadium
(Vishakapatnam) Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium
Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium
(Hyderabad) M. A. Chidambaram Stadium
M. A. Chidambaram Stadium
(Chennai) M. Chinnaswamy Stadium
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium
(Bangalore) Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Kochi) Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket
Cricket
Stadium (Hyderabad) University Stadium (Thiruvananthapuram)

West

Fatorda Stadium
Fatorda Stadium
(Goa) Brabourne Stadium
Brabourne Stadium
(Mumbai) IPCL Sports Complex Ground (Vadodara) Madhavrao Scindia Cricket
Cricket
Ground (Rajkot) Maharashtra
Maharashtra
Cricket
Cricket
Association Stadium (Pune) Moti Bagh Stadium (Vadodara) Nehru Stadium (Pune) Sardar Patel Stadium
Sardar Patel Stadium
(Ahmedabad) Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium (Ahmedabad) Saurashtra Cricket
Cricket
Association Stadium (Rajkot) Wankhede Stadium
Wankhede Stadium
(Mumbai)

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Test cricket
Test cricket
grounds in India

Barabati Stadium Bombay Gymkhana Brabourne Stadium Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket
Cricket
Stadium Eden Gardens Feroz Shah Kotla Ground Gandhi Stadium Green Park Stadium Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium K. D. Singh Babu Stadium Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium M. A. Chidambaram Stadium M. Chinnaswamy Stadium Punjab Cricket
Cricket
Association Stadium Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket
Cricket
Stadium Sardar Patel Stadium Sawai Mansingh Stadium Sector 16 Stadium University Ground Vidarbha Cricket
Cricket
Association Stadium Vidharba Cricket
Cricket
Association Ground Wankhede Stadium

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Sports Clubs
Sports Clubs
in Mumbai

Cricket
Cricket
Club of India Bombay Gymkhana Royal Western India
India
Turf Club Royal Willingdon Sports Club Royal Bombay Yacht Club Malabar Hill Club Pransukhlal Mafatlal Hindu Swimming Bath and Boat Club United Services Club Hindu Gymkhana Islam Gymkhana Parsi Gymkhana Christian Gymkhana Wilson Gymkhana Police Gymkhana Woodhouse Gymkhana Breach Candy Club National Sports Club of India Bombay Pre

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