Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand and the hometown of Mahendra Singh Dhoni surrounded by coal, steel, smoke and among all these, there lies the craze of cricket. And there is situated Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) International Cricket Stadium. The first one day match witnessed by this stadium was on 19th, Jan 2013 which was played between India and England. Then three more matches were played here. First T-20 match was played here on 12th, Feb 2016 between Sri Lanka and India in which India won.
But till yesterday, no test match has been conducted here and this is the first time (Today ie. 16th March, 2017) JSCA stadium hosting a test match which is being played between India and Australia. This match is India’s 511th and Australia’s 800th test match. England hold the maximum number of playing 983 test matches and India occupies fourth position here.
Story behind the construction of JSCA cricket stadium:-
There is an interesting story behind JSCA’s decision of constructing this stadium. Previously, Keenan stadium of Jamshedpur was the only place available for conducting matches. Keenan stadium is owned by Tata Steel and they too had to organize their matches there. This created a dispute between Tata Steel and JSCA. This was creating a problem for Jharkhand State Cricket Association to organize matches in the state. The only permanent solution to this problem was to construct their own stadium and this led to the construction of JSCA International cricket stadium complex in Ranchi.
It serves as the home ground for the Jharkhand cricket team and IPL team Chennai super kings. The stadium has 9 pitches in total and has been constructed in such a way that no shadow falls on any of these pitches before 4:45 PM even on the shortest day of the year. There is another ground in the complex which has 5 pitches for smaller matches.