After the knowledgeable trip to the Raman Science centre the next destination that I headed towards was the Vidarbha Cricket association ground of Nagpur. It is a very famous sports and
recreational centre of the city. A number of cricket matches have been organized in this stadium in the past few years. It is situated at the Wardha road near village Jamtha. It lies at the 16th
kilometre milestone on the Nagpur- Hyderabad highway and is easily commutable from all parts of the city.
The Vidarbha Cricket association recreation club is a private member club but it also issues passes for many events organized by it at various occasions. It offers recreational acrivities to beat the heat of the summers by providing swimming coaching and fitness workshops. The charges are also too affordable i.e. around Rs 500 per member per month. The interested members can avail the facilities by filling up the registration forms available at VCARC Reception.
There are many functions including the annual day function organized by the VCA club on this ground. Many cricketers and celebrities have been
invited to the various functions organized at this ground.
Apart from the variety of events that are hosted at the Vidarbha cricket association ground members can avail the sporting and recreational facilities offered by the VCA club. The sports facilities include, swimming, squash, gymnasium, billiards, badminton etc. All these facilities are available at extremely nominal charges.
Initially inaugurated as a test cricket ground in Nagpur, the Vidarbha Cricket ground has now been now replaced by an international cricket stadium called the Vidarbha Cricket association Stadium. The first match was played on this ground in the year 1969. This ground however still serves as a practice ground for the Uttar Pradesh and Vidarbha cricket teams.
It holds quite a historic record in the pages of Indian cricket as Sunil Gavaskar scored his only one day century on this ground against New Zealand in the year 1987, in the Reliance world cup. Visiting the VCA ground was indeed a pleasant experience for me. And especially unfolding the pages of Indian cricket felt like nostalgia to me.