Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad

The Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium is a cricket stadium in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. Located in the eastern suburb of Uppal, it has a capacity of 55,000 and extends across 16 acres (65,000 m2) of land. It serves as the home ground for the Hyderabad Cricket Association and the Indian Premier League team Sunrisers Hyderabad. As of 3 March 2019, it has hosted 5 Tests, 6 ODIs and 2 T20Is. This stadium hosted the opener and final of 2017 Indian Premier League, and also the final of 2019 Indian Premier League.

Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium
Uppal Stadium
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal.jpg
Aerial view of the stadium
Ground information
LocationUppal, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Coordinates17°24′23.4″N 78°33′01.6″E / 17.406500°N 78.550444°E / 17.406500; 78.550444
OwnerHyderabad Cricket Association
ArchitectShashi Prabhu[1]
OperatorHyderabad Cricket Association
TenantsIndian Cricket Team
Hyderabad cricket team
Sunrisers Hyderabad
End names
Shiv lal Yadav End
VVS Laxman End
International information
First Test12 November 2010:
 India v  New Zealand
Last Test12 October 2018:
 India v  West Indies
First ODI16 November 2005:
 India v  South Africa
Last ODI2 March 2019:
 India v  Australia
First T20I13 October 2017:
 India v  Australia
Last T20I6 December 2019:
 India v  West Indies
As of 7 December 2019
Source: ESPN Cricinfo


HCA's previous home ground was the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium in the Fateh Maidan sports complex at Basheerbagh in central Hyderabad. The ground belonged to the Sports Authority of Telangana State and HCA had limited operating autonomy over this ground.

Moreover, due to its smaller size, it soon came to be known as a high-scoring ground and so Hyderabad was not considered for many high-profile cricket matches in India.

In 2003, the proposal for a new stadium was submitted by HCA to the government 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.

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 as Visakha International Cricket Stadium in 2004.

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 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.

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 by paying an amount of ₹43,00,00,000, i.e. the contract price only.

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

Stats & RecordsEdit

Matches Hosted


Ground capacity & factorsEdit

  • The stadium extends across 16 acres and has a seating capacity of 55,000 spectators. The ends are Pavilion End and North End (V.V.S. Laxman end).
  • A stand was named after Newly appointed Hyderabad Cricket Association President Mohammad Azharuddin and opened on 6 December 2019.
  • Floodlights are mounted on six towers to illuminate the stadium during day-night matches having been commissioned in April 2007.
  • The wicket here is considered as a flat track, with a reputation of being a batsman-friendly and high-scoring pitch.[by whom?]
A Panoramic view of Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium

Sunrisers HyderabadEdit

SRH fans during an IPL match

Sunrisers Hyderabad is a cricket franchise based in Hyderabad by the IPL Governing Council. The team is owned by Kalanithi Maran of the Sun TV Network. Kane Williamson is the captain of the team. Trevor Bayliss is the head coach and Brad Haddin is the assistant coach of the team. VVS Laxman is the mentor of the team while Muttiah Muralitharan was the bowling coach of the team. The team won the 2016 IPL season.

The team 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, Tom Moody and VVS Laxman.

The stadium suffered from a jinx of losing matches for the home team. Deccan Chargers lost all their matches in 2008 Indian Premier League. So the management had decided to change the dressing room position of the home team and also installed a sculpture of Lord Ganesha who is the god for success and the efforts of the management finally resulted in a win for India in the next match beating England with a margin of over a hundred runs. India won 4 out of 5 test matches hosted at this venue (1 Drawn). It also turned the fortunes of Sunrisers Hyderabad with almost all wins at home.

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

Test cricketEdit

It was the 101st venue for Test matches in world cricket.[3]

Stadium RecordsEdit

Test Matches RecordsEdit

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Most centuries[6]
Centuries Player Period
2 (5 Innings) Cheteshwar Pujara 2012-2018
2 (3 Innings) Murali Vijay 2013-2017
1 (1 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 (1 Innings) Roston Chase 2018

One Day International cricketEdit

Stadium RecordsEdit

  • 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.
  • Sachin Tendulkar's 175 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.

One Day International RecordsEdit

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 Sachin Tendulkar   India 175 (Balls:141 4x19 6x4) - India v Australia, 5 Nov 2009
Best Bowling in a Match UT Yadav  India 4/53 (9 overs) - India v SriLanka, 9 Nov 2014
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)

Twenty20 InternationalEdit

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.[10]

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.

Stadium RecordsEdit

  • 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 9 wickets.
  • K. L. Rahul reached his 1000 runs milestone in a T20I at this venue.

Twenty20 International RecordsEdit


  1. ^ spa-aec.com
  2. ^ "India-Bangladesh Test encounter this year to be called Durjoy-Ganguly Trophy", SportsKeeda
  3. ^ List of Test cricket grounds
  4. ^ Cricket Records | Records | Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad | Test matches | Most runs | ESPN Cricinfo
  5. ^ Cricket Records | Records | Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad | Test matches | High scores | ESPN Cricinfo
  6. ^ Cricket Records | Records | Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad | Test matches | Most hundreds | ESPN Cricinfo
  7. ^ Cricket Records | Records | Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad | One-Day Internationals | Most runs | ESPN Cricinfo
  8. ^ Cricket Records | Records | Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad | One-Day Internationals | High scores | ESPN Cricinfo
  9. ^ Cricket Records | Records | Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad | One-Day Internationals | Most hundreds | ESPN Cricinfo
  10. ^ "Hyderabad T20I called off, India-Australia series tied". Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  11. ^ Cricket Records | Records | Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad | One-Day Internationals | Most runs | ESPN Cricinfo

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