The India Cements (IC) Floor at Sankar Nagar in Tirunalveli will not be a well-liked venue on the cricketing map, however it does possess an previous-world appeal. As one makes approach to the bottom for the continued Tamil Nadu-Gujarat Ranji Trophy recreation, the greenery surrounding it – because of quite a lot of timber throughout – is tough to overlook.
Having been constructed within the Nineteen Sixties, this floor, near the India Cements manufacturing unit, has concrete galleries at one finish with a capability of 4000. Matches right here was performed on matting wickets from the 60s, earlier than turf wickets took over within the mid-90s.
The serenity across the floor, away from the concrete jungle, makes it a stunning setting to play cricket. The one stand that the bottom possesses is inbuilt such a approach that college students of Bala Vidyalaya faculty – proper behind the bottom – can watch the proceedings. “The varsity has been there for greater than 4 many years. The steps on the stands have openings which permit college students to catch watch the sport,” stated Kasi Viswanathan, secretary of Tamil Nadu Cricket Affiliation (TNCA).
Kasi, who hails from Kallidaikurichi – a small city in Tirunelveli district – has a particular bond with this floor. “I performed my first inter-district faculties match at this floor again in 1965. Our workforce had the likes of Victor Fernandes and AK Subramaniam who have been all stalwarts. I used to be a part of the Tirunelveli aspect which gained the SS Rajan Trophy (inter-districts competitors) within the 60s,” recalled Kasi.
The bottom hosted its first Ranji conflict method in 1969 when the then Madras workforce confronted Kerala, a conflict that noticed the likes of PK Belliappa, PK Dharmalingam, KR Rajagopal, VV Kumar and S Venkataraghavan amongst others in motion.
That recreation was immediately recalled by Belliappa. “We gained the sport by 5 wickets and what I keep in mind most concerning the match was the reception we obtained from the crowds. A number of them gathered to observe us play and we have been put up on the India Cements visitor home. A few of the spectators even introduced us some halwa a specialty of the place – as soon as we gained the sport,” recalled Belliappa.
Through the years, cricketers who’ve come up from this a part of the state have gone on to share an amazing join with this floor. “Virtually each participant within the present Tamil Nadu aspect would have been a part of both a camp an age-group recreation on this floor,” famous Kasi.
Is Hosur subsequent on the radar?
With Tirunelveli and Dindigul attending to host Ranji Trophy video games, TNCA can also be zeroing in on Hosur (Krishnagiri district) as a possible venue for the subsequent season. “The bottom on the Adhiyamaan Engineering School (in Hosur) has nice amenities. We on the TNCA are prepared to offer all the required assist,” stated a TNCA official.