Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium

The Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, commonly known as Uppal Stadium, is an international cricket stadium in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. It is owned and operated by Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA). It is the home ground of Hyderabad cricket team and Hyderabad women's cricket team.[4]

Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium
Hyderabad Cricket Stadium
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium
Ground information
LocationUppal, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Coordinates17°24′23″N 78°33′01″E / 17.40639°N 78.55028°E / 17.40639; 78.55028
Establishment2003; 21 years ago (2003)
Capacity39,200[1]
OwnerHyderabad Cricket Association (HCA)
ArchitectShashi Prabhu[2]
OperatorHCA
TenantsIndia cricket team (2005–present)
Sunrisers Hyderabad (2013–present)
Deccan Chargers (2008-2012)
End names
North end[3]
Pavellion end[3]
International information
First Test12–16 November 2010:
 India v  New Zealand
Last Test25–28 January 2024:
 India v  England
First ODI16 November 2005:
 India v  South Africa
Last ODI10 October 2023:
 Pakistan v  Sri Lanka
First T20I6 December 2019:
 India v  West Indies
Last T20I25 September 2022:
 India v  Australia
As of 28 January 2024
Source: ESPNcricinfo

Located in the eastern suburb of Uppal, it has a seating capacity of 39,200 and extends across 15 acres of land.[1] It serves as the home ground the IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad. As of 28 January 2024, it has hosted 6 Tests, 10 ODIs, and 3 T20Is. The stadium hosted the first and the final game of 2017 IPL edition, and the final of 2019 IPL. The stadium hosted its first ICC event in October 2023 during the 2023 Cricket World Cup.

It is renamed after the former prime minister of India Rajiv Gandhi.[5]

History edit

Before the stadium was built, HCA hosted domestic and international matches at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium in the Fateh Maidan sports complex at Basheerbagh in central Hyderabad. The ground's proprietor was the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh state (Now Sports Authority of Telangana State) due to which HCA had limited authority and control over the ground, due to which it decided to built their own stadium.[5] In 2003, the proposal for a new stadium was submitted by HCA to the government[6] of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh, then headed by N. Chandrababu Naidu. The proposal was quickly cleared and HCA was allocated a budget for the same. The government also identified a large piece of land suitable for the project at Uppal.[7]

Most of the funding for the project came after an open auction of the stadium's title was held. Visaka Industries Limited won the auction with a bid price of ₹65,00,00,000. A sum of ₹43,00,00,000 was paid in advance and the stadium was named "Visakha International Cricket Stadium" in 2004.[8]

By 2005 when most of the stadium was built, it was ready to host its first ODI Match between India and South Africa. However, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy the former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh (before the separation of Telangana) decided to change the name of the stadium to Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in memory of the former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi.[3]

Following this decision, HCA was required to pay Visakha Industries six times the contract price in accordance with the contract clauses governing any subsequent renaming of the stadium or the Visakha name not remaining attached to the stadium. HCA however, following some negotiations by Govt, got away with paying an amount of ₹43,00,00,000, i.e. the contract price only.[8][9]

The ends are named Pavilion End and North End. On the retirement of VVS Laxman, the HCA decided to honor the veteran by naming the North End after him.[10]

Domestic cricket edit

 
Inside view of the arena amid an IPL game

Sunrisers Hyderabad is a cricket franchise based in Hyderabad city. The team is owned by Kalanithi Maran of the Sun TV Network. Aiden Markram is the captain of the team. Brian Lara is the head coach and Simon Helmot is the assistant coach of the team. Dale Steyn and Muttiah Muralitharan are the bowling coaches of the team. The team won the 2016 IPL. So far this stadium has served as the home ground of the Sunrisers and defunct franchise Deccan Chargers.[citation needed]

Its official jersey was unveiled on 8 March 2013, and the team anthem directed by GV Prakash Kumar was released on 12 March 2013. Their logo was unveiled on 20 December 2012, along with the announcement that the team's management would be led by Kris Srikkanth, Tom Moody, and VVS Laxman.[citation needed]

In IPL 2019, Hyderabad Cricket Association won the award for best ground and pitch.[11]

One-day international cricket edit

Stadium records edit

  • Australia had scored 350/4, it is the highest score at the stadium.
  • England had scored 174, it is the lowest score at the stadium.
  • Yuvraj Singh's 233 scored in three matches is the most of runs scored at the stadium.
  • Shubman Gill's 208 is the highest individual score at the stadium.
  • Sachin Tendulkar completed 17,000 ODI runs, made his 45th ODI century and received his 60th ODI Man of the match award.
  • 697 runs made for the loss of 14 wickets in one match.
  • India completed its 500th ODI win at this venue in 2019.
  • Pakistan recorded the highest successful run chase in ICC World Cup history when they scored 345/4 chasing a target of 345 runs at this venue in CWC 2023

One day international records edit

Category Information
Highest Innings Total Australia   Australia 350/4 - India v Australia, 1 innings, 5 Nov 2009
Lowest Innings Total England   England 174 - 2 innings, 14 Oct 2011
Highest Individual Score Shubman Gill   India 208 (Balls:149 4x19 6x9) - India v New Zealand, 18 Jan 2023
Best Bowling in a Match Mohammed Siraj   India 4/46 (10 overs) - India v New Zealand, 18 January 2023
Most Runs Yuvraj Singh   India 233 Runs (Mat:3 Inn:3 HS:121 Ave:77.66 SR:94.33 100x2 50x0)
Most Wickets UT Yadav  India 6 Wickets (Mat:2 Runs:85 Best:4/53 Ave:14.16 Econ:6.07)

T-20 Internationals edit

The ground was scheduled to host its first-ever Twenty20 International on 13 October 2017, against Australia. However, it was called off due to a wet outfield.[15]

The ground finally hosted a Twenty20 International on 6 December 2019, against West Indies. It was a high-scoring match, with India winning the match by 6 wickets. Team India played the 3rd T20 against Australia on September 25, 2022, at this venue. India won by 6 wickets and won the Mastercard T20I trophy against Australia. Surya Kumar Yadav who scored 69 runs (36 balls) is awarded the Player of the Match.[16]

Stadium records edit

  • 27 sixes were witnessed in one match, it's the most sixes in a T20I game in India
  • 416 runs were scored in one match for the loss of 8 wickets.
  • K. L. Rahul reached his 1000 runs milestone in a T20I at this venue.

Twenty20 international records edit

Most career runs at this ground[12]
Runs Player Team Period
157 (3 Innings) Virat Kohli   India 2019-2022
63 (2 Innings) K. L. Rahul   India 2019-2023
69 (1 Innings) Suryakumar Yadav   India 2022

IPL Records edit

Ref -[17]

Alzarri Joseph's bowling figures of 6 for 12 are the best recorded in any IPL match.[18]

Test matches records edit

Most centuries[4]
Centuries Player Period
2 (5 Innings) Cheteshwar Pujara 2012-2018
2 (3 Innings) Murali Vijay 2013-2017
1 (2 Innings) Mushfiqur Rahim 2017
1 (2 Innings) Wriddhiman Saha 2017
1 (2 Innings) Harbhajan Singh 2010-2013
1 (2 Innings) Tim McIntosh 2010
1 (5 Innings) Virat Kohli 2012-2018
1 (4 Innings) Brendon McCullum 2010–2012
1 (2 Innings) Roston Chase 2018
1 (2 Innings) Ollie Pope 2024

Stadium records edit

Facelift edit

 
Latest Picture after east and west canopies installed

The stadium had been selected for renovation prior to the ICC ODI Cricket World Cup in 2023. 120 crore Indian rupees had been sanctioned (by BCCI) to carry out the work of installing canopies on both east and west stands, as well as replacing seats. However, only the east stand canopy work had been completed, and the west stand canopy work has been completed after the World Cup 2023. This is a much needed upgrade as the stadium hasn't undergone any major upgrades since 2005.

References edit

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  5. ^ a b "Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium - Cricket Ground in Hyderabad, India". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 26 September 2023.
  6. ^ "After the match, HCA plays blame game". The Times of India. 17 November 2003. ISSN 0971-8257. Retrieved 2 November 2023.
  7. ^ "The HCA, at least, is grateful - Chandrababu Naidu okayed lease, setting in motion the construction of an exclusive cricket stadium". www.telegraphindia.com. 13 May 2004. Retrieved 2 November 2023.
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  11. ^ SUBRAHMANYAM, V. V. (13 May 2019). "Pitch-perfect: HCA a winner in this IPL". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2 November 2023.
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  13. ^ Cricket Records | Records | Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad | One-Day Internationals | High scores | ESPN Cricinfo
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  15. ^ "Hyderabad T20I called off, India-Australia series tied". Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  16. ^ "India beat Australia India won by 6 wickets (with 1 ball remaining) - Australia vs India, Australia in India, 3rd T20I Match Summary, Report | ESPNcricinfo.com". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 October 2022.
  17. ^ "IPL records Rajiv Gandhi Stadium Hyderabad". T20 Head to Head. 27 February 2023. Retrieved 27 February 2023.
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