Sports in Indore

Sports in Indore have contributed a lot to the state’s and the city’s sporting history. It has also contributed to country’s sporting history as the city has given birth to many famous players in varied sports.  Cricketers like Narendra Hirwani, Mushtaq Ali and C.K. Naidu are from Indore.

Among many sports, cricket is the most popular in the city. The city is famous for other sports as well. It is a center for many national and international championships. The city was a proud host to South Asian Billiard Championship and also hosted the three-day-long National Triathlon Championship which included around 250 sports officials and 450 players.

The city has sport clubs, stadiums, institutes where different types of sports are practiced. The sports clubs in Indore provide good sporting facilities for the players and youngsters. Not just in stadiums and clubs but sport is encouraged in schools and colleges too. The teams are well trained and motivated to participate in all the sports. The city has many sports stadiums and sports complexes too.The city has two international cricket grounds, the Nehru Stadium and the Holkar Cricket Stadium.

The first cricket ODI match in state was played in Indore at Nehru Stadium. The biggest cricket event held in the city till now is the 2011 ODI played at the Holkar Stadium.

There are many people who have brought accolades in sports in the city.

Sport personalities from Indore


  • Chandu Sarwate, former cricketer and former selector is from Indore.

  • Sanjay Jagdale, former state cricketer. At present, he is one of the national selectors for the senior all-India teams and the honorary secretary of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association and also the director of the Cricket Club of Indore.

  • Another to come in the list is Mir Ranjan Negi ,Hockey goalkeeper & Coach of Indian Women Team who's won Asian Championship.

  • Rahul Dravid, an Indian cricketer, and the former captain of the Indian cricket was born in Indore.

  • Narendra Hirwani, a leg spin bowler and former member of Indian cricket team moved to Indore when he was a teenager.

  • Amay Khurasiya, former member of Indian Cricket team has studied in Indore.

  • Honorary Captain Shankar Lakshman (1933–2006), goalkeeper of the Indian hockey team in the 1956, 1960 and 1964 Olympics and also won two golds and a silver. He belonged to Mhow, district Indore and lived his retired life here till his death on Apr 29 2006.

  • Raj Singh Dungarpur, former president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and a former selector belongs to Indore.

Stadiums in Indore

Nehru Stadium

Nehru Stadium is a cricket stadium with a capacity of 25,000. It is the Home ground for Holkars in Ranji trophy. The stadium has hosted One Day International (ODI) match when India hosted the 1987 Cricket World Cup.
Address: Opposite M Y Hospital, A B Road, Indore - 452001
Contact: +(91)-(731)-2702448

Holkar Cricket Stadium

Holkar Cricket Stadium was earlier named Maharani Usharaje Trust Cricket Ground, but in 2010, Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association renamed it. It was renamed after the Holkar dynasty of Marathas that ruled Indore. It has a seating capacity of around 30,000 people. Virender Sehwag recorded the highest ODI score of 219 at this ground. It is one of the venues for IPL 2011, the Holkar Stadium has witnessed two ODIs between India and England, in 2005 and 2008. Like most of the grounds in the country, the pitch is batsmen-friendly.

Address: Khel Prashal, Race Course Road, Indore - 452001
Contact: +(91)-(731)-2543602


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