Mohali: One of India's best hunting grounds
The C.A Stadium in Mohali, Punjab has been one of the best hunting grounds for India, where it holds an impressive record. India has played ten Test matches at Mohali and lost once, won four and drawn five matches. The third Test match scheduled between Australia and India for today (Thursday) will be India's 11th Test match at Mohali.
India played its first Test match at Mohali against the West Indies in 1994, which embarrassed the hosts by defeating them by 234 runs. After that defeat, India
has not lost a single Test match here. The stadium, established in 1993, has a seating capacity around 40,000. It is a magnificent sight, when the stadium is packed with fans.
India's record looks even better if we look at the last four Test matches played here, which has only seen one draw and three Indian wins. Out of these three wins, India has defeated Australians twice in Australia Tour of India in 2008 and 2010. India won the 2008 Test match quite convincingly with 320 runs, but the 2010 Test match was closely fought and India almost lost the match, where Laxman stood tall and helped India win with one wicket. This would go down in India's history as one of India's best wins.
Ironically, the two best batsmen of the Indian team who have been a major success at Mohali, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir have not found a place in the Indian squad. As for the present crop of the Indian players, not many have played at this ground, when representing India in the longer format of the game. So, it is going to test their character as well for it is one of those pitches which assist pace bowlers. But, as history of Test matches played at Mohali suggests, India has been a better side irrespective of the pace battery of their opponents.