The iconic Roshanar Club, where the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was established in 1928, has been sealed by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) after its lease expired. The club has hosted several first class and age group matches over the years.
Not only Virat Kohli but also the current Indian national team coach Rahul Dravid has described the ground as one of the best. Former Delhi pacer Sumit Narwal, who posted his best bowling performance of 7 for 43 against Railways, recalls: When I played for Rajasthan Royals, Rahul Bhai asked me why Delhi don’t play more often at Roshanar. He said he had one of the best experiences in first class cricket. Playing for Karnataka, Rahul bhai scored a century for us and I remember Shikhar also scored a century in that match. Playing at Roshanar was a blessing for the bowlers because the green top was there, he added.
Former India spinner Nikhil Chopra says playing at Roshanar created atmosphereto England.
I have so many fond memories from playing under-15s. It was always a good sporting pitch, and because of the bounce both pacers and spinners were always on fire. Before my debut season in the Ranji Trophy, I tried my hand here.e I scored 55 runs and took three wickets, Nikhil said.
Former Delhi players Gursharan Singh and KP Bhaskar say that apart from being the most picturesque home grounds in the country, it was the atmosphere on them that used to be so regal.
Delhi always played at Roshanar for results. This pitch has always been result-oriented. When we were young, we used to wait to play at Roshanar Club just for food, said Gursharan Singh, who has played one Test and one ODI for India.
KP Bhaskar, who played 95 first-class matches for the Delhi team, said the pitch at Roshanar was a middle-order batsmen’s paradise.
The first hour was favorable for the seamer. If you managed to get past that stage, the pitch would become thefavorable to the batter. This was my favorite place to hunt, he said.
Jagrit Anand, a former batter of the Delhi team who played cricket for Roshanar’s club all the time, hopes cricketing activities will not be hampered.
It’s a bit emotional for me. I started playing for the club when I was seven years old. My first game as a Delhi player was at the club. I didn’t make it to the players’ squad but I was in the team. I hope they find a solution to all this.s, he said.