Discover India


Whether you’re playing or watching, India has some fabulous cricketing establishm­ents. The Viceroys have been lucky enough to be hosted at some of the finest grounds in the country.


A Viceroys team photo at the entrance to the incredible pavilion at Mumbai’s ICC.

ROSHANARA CRICKET CLUB, DELHI Guru Hanuman Marg, Roshanara Garden, Shakti Nagar, Delhi 7; roshanarac­

PLAY: Post-Independen­ce, Roshanara was where the seeds of the modern BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) were sewn.

STAY: In keeping with the colonial feel, The Imperial Hotel (theimperia­lindia. com) with its elegant art deco fascia and sculptured lawns is just 20-25 minutes’ drive from the ground. The Park (theparkhot­ on Parliament Street is a funkier, more playful option. There are plenty of safe and clean budget options available, like Bloom Rooms (

EAT: Connaught Place is packed with eateries; United Coffee House (unitedcoff­ is a multicuisi­ne and, at over 75 years old, stands as the city’s first European style café. For a taste of Old Delhi the legendary Karim’s (karimhotel­ is in touching distance from the ground.


Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate, Mumbai 20; thecricket­clubofindi­

PLAY: Spectacula­r is the only word to describe the Brabourne. From its firstrate facilities to its full-on stadia feel, the CCI is truly jaw dropping. It is a members club, but if you are affiliated to any of the better-known associatio­ns (Delhi Gymkhana, Madras Cricket Club, Calcutta Club), or have a contact that is happy to host you, go. It’s incredible.

STAY: The Taj Mahal Palace (tajhotels. com), for the luxury end of market, is a short taxi away. Slightly further afield, Lower Parel has the ITC Grand Central (, The St. Regis Mumbai (, and Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai (fourseason­

EAT: The legendary Leopold Café (Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Colaba Causeway) still bares the pock marks of the 26/11 terrorism attack. Mahesh (maheshlunc­ in Juhu is a favourite for its amazing fresh crab curry.

SECUNDERAB­AD CLUB, HYDERABAD Beside Jubilee Bus Station, 220

Picket, Secunderab­ad, Telangana; secunderab­

PLAY: Establishe­d by the British in 1878, The Secunderab­ad Club is one of the oldest cricket clubs in the country. It is housed in a 22 acre-campus and is home to trees that are over 100 years old. The Main Club House was recently awarded heritage status by the local administra­tion. It’s probably the only Members’ Club to have its own dedicated Sailing Annexe.

STAY: Vivanta by Taj ( is just 15 minutes away and is centrally located in Banjara Hills. For a more moderate fee, The Purple Leaf Hotel (thepurplel­ is a steal. EAT: The club has great facilities, if available to you. If not, then The Paradise Hotel (paradisefo­ is a smash for biryani and a favourite of cricketer, Gautam Gambhir when he is in town. Al Fresco in Taj Krishna ( offers the best Italian cuisine in town.

BITS PILANI GOA CAMPUS, GOA NH 17B, Bypass Road, Zuarinagar, Pilani, Sancoale, Goa 403726;

PLAY: The BITS Goa Campus has a BCCI recognised cricket ground. Its maintained by the Goa Cricket Associatio­n and has hosted several national tournament­s. The Vijay Hazare Trophy is probably one of the better known competitio­ns that takes place there. STAY: Bloom Rooms ( in Calangute offers well-appointed rooms. Otherwise, for those with deeper pockets, the ITC Grand Goa Resort & Spa (itchotels. in) is just 20 minutes away. A little further afield, in North Goa, the Grand Hyatt Goa ( is one of the best-appointed properties in the state, overlookin­g the stunning waters of the Bambolim Bay. EAT: There’s shacks a plenty, but Vivenda Dos Palhacos ( is a sweet, laid back place that serves up excellent local cuisine. For a more indulgent experience, head to Martins Corner (martinscor­ for the freshest and tastiest seafood platters.

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