Sardar Patel Stadium
Sardar Patel Stadium commonly known as, Motera Stadium is one of the premier cricket stadiums of India in the Motera locality of Ahmedabad and Sardar Patel stadium is owned by Gujarat Cricket Association and comes under the aegis of the West Zone. It is equipped with floodlights for day-and-night games and is a regular venue for Test cricket and One Day Internationals (ODI) matches. It is currently undergoing redevelopment after being demolished completely in late 2015. The new stadium will be the largest cricket stadium in the world with a seating capacity of 110,000 spectators, overtaking the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia.
|Full name||Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium|
|Former names||Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium|
|Location||Motera, Ahmedabad, Gujarat|
|Owner||Gujarat Cricket Association|
|Capacity||110,000 (post-expansion, 2019 onwards)|
|Construction cost||₹700 crore (reconstruction, 2017 onwards)|
Shashi Prabhu (old site)
|General contractor||Larsen & Toubro|
|Indian Cricket Team (1983–present)|
Gujarat cricket team (1983–present)
Rajasthan Royals (2010 & 2014)
Gate to the stadium
|Operator||Gujarat Cricket Association|
|Adani Pavilion End|
|First Test||12–16 November 1983:|
India v West Indies
|Last Test||15–19 November 2012:|
India v England
|First ODI||5 October 1984:|
India v Australia
|Last ODI||6 November 2014:|
India v Sri Lanka
|As of 9 August 2018|
Apart from cricket, the ground has played host to a number of programs arranged by the Government of Gujarat. The pitch once favoured the bowlers but has lately been host to competitive games. As of December 2011, the Motera stadium had played host to 23 ODI matches. In India, only Eden Gardens (31 ODI matches) has hosted more ODI matches than Motera Stadium. The stadium was one of the host venues for 2011 Cricket World Cup held in India. It hosted three matches, including a quarter final match between India and Australia.
Formerly known as the Gujarat Stadium, the ground was renamed in tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India's first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. Before the Motera Stadium came into existence, international cricket matches in the city were played at Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation's stadium of the same name (Sardar Patel Stadium) in the Navrangpura area. In 1982, the government of Gujarat donated a 50-acre (200,000 m2) stretch of land on the banks of the Sabarmati River for the construction of new stadium. The construction of the Sardar Patel Stadium was carried out in a span of nine months. Since then all International cricket fixtures for the city are hosted here. Later in the 1984–85 Australia-India series, Sardar Patel Stadium hosted its first ODI, one in which Australia beat the Indians.
Sunil Gavaskar became the first-ever cricketer to score 10000 runs in Test cricket on this ground — a feat he achieved against Pakistan in 1987. Seven years later Kapil Dev claimed his 432nd Test wicket on this ground to become the highest wicket taker in the world, breaking Sir Richard Hadlee's record for the most number of wickets in Test matches here. Before he became the highest wicket taker, Kapil Dev made a nine-wicket haul in his career here at the Motera ground. In 1996, the ground hosted a low-scoring Test match against South Africa, where the visitors faltered while chasing a paltry 170 for a win to end up at 105 all out. Javagal Srinath scalped six wickets in the fourth innings of the match. However, South Africa had their revenge when they bowled India out for 76 runs in the first session of the Test match in 2008 and then went on to win it by an innings and 90 runs. Sachin Tendulkar became the first-ever cricketer to score 18,000 runs in One day cricket in a match against Australia during 2011 Cricket World Cup.
The stadium was one of the venues for the 2006 edition of the ICC Champions Trophy, with five of the 15 games being played here. It has hosted one game in each of the two Cricket World Cups that were played in the country, including the first match of the 1996 World Cup between England and New Zealand. As of 19 August 2017 it has hosted 12 Tests, 23 ODIs and 1 T20I.
Reconstruction and DevelopmentEdit
In December 2016, the construction work of the stadium was handed over to the construction company L&T  Also, it was confirmed that the new stadium will indeed be the largest cricket stadium in the world, with a capacity of 110,000 spectators (overtaking the Melbourne Cricket Ground, with 100,024 official capacity). It will be spread across 63 acres of land, with three entry points as opposed to just one in the old stadium. Additionally, it will contain 76 corporate boxes, an Olympic sized swimming pool, and 4 dressing rooms. On 16 January foundation stone laying was held by Gujarat Cricket Association and work started on the ground. The stadium will be ready in 2 years, and the reconstruction project is estimated to cost around ₹ 7 billion
With increased area of 63 acres, the stadium will be able to accommodate several other required features, like enhanced parking for 3,000 cars and 10,000 two-wheelers, and a clubhouse with 55 rooms. The initial designs also show 3 practice grounds located adjacent to the main site. The stadium design, additionally has been done in a way where patrons will fill the lower levels of the ground for smaller events, which will help maintain the crowd atmosphere despite the colossal stadium not being full. It has been hinted that the name of the stadium may change upon its completion.
In addition to the above Mumbai based Commercial Kitchen Consultants "Span Asia" have been hired to work hand in hand with Populous and L&T on all the F&B Related areas such as the Concession Counters, Main Stadium Kitchens, Player Kitchens, VIP/VVIP Boxes, Corporate Boxes, Press & Media Boxes, Pantries, GCA Club and Related areas.
Test match recordsEdit
- Highest innings total: Sri Lanka 760/7d – India v Sri Lanka, 2nd innings, 16 Nov 2009
- Lowest innings total: India 76 – India v South Africa, 1 innings, 3 Apr 2008
- Highest individual score: Mahela Jayawardene 275 (Balls:435 4x27 6x1) – Sri Lanka v India, 16 Nov 2009
- Best bowling:
(in an innings) Kapil Dev 83/9 – India v West Indies, 12 Nov 1983
(in a match) Venkatapathy Raju 125/11 – India v Sri Lanka, 8 Feb 1994
- Most runs: Rahul Dravid (India) 771 Runs (Mat:7 Inn:14 HS:222 Ave:59.30 SR:49.10 100x3 50x1), Sachin Tendulkar – 642 runs, VVS Laxman – 574 runs
- Most wickets: Anil Kumble (India) 36 Wickets (Mat:7 Runs:964 BBI:7/115 BBM:10/233 Ave:26.77 Econ:2.29 SR:70.1 5W/I:3 10W/M:1), Harbhajan Singh- 29 wickets, Kapil Dev – 14 wickets
One Day International match recordsEdit
- Highest total: South Africa 365/2 – India v South Africa, 1st innings, 27 Feb 2010
- Lowest total: Zimbabwe 85 – Zimbabwe v West Indies, 1st innings, 8 Oct 2006
- Highest individual score: Sourav Ganguly 144 (Balls:152 4x8 6x6) – India v Zimbabwe, 5 Dec 2000
- Best bowling: Mitchell Johnson 4/19 (9.2 overs) – Australia v Zimbabwe, 21 Feb 2011
- Most runs: Kartik Basiya (India) 573 Runs (Mat:5 Inn:5 HS:150* Ave:114.00 SR:83.00 100x2 50x1), Chris Gayle – 316 runs, Sachin Tendulkar – 215 runs
- Most wickets: Kapil Dev (India) 10 Wickets (Mat:6 Runs:156 Best:3/26 Ave:15.60 Econ:3.04), Lasith Malinga – 7 wickets, Chris Gayle- 6 wickets
High points in cricket historyEdit
Motera has witnessed some great feats of Indian cricket history:
- Sunil Gavaskar completed 10,000 runs in Test cricket in 1986–87 against Pakistan.
- Kapil Dev, who had taken 9 wickets in an innings in the first match on this ground, scalped his 432nd wicket in Test cricket to pass Sir Richard Hadlee's record, thus becoming the highest wicket taker in Test cricket at that time.
- In October 1999, Sachin Tendulkar scored his first Test Match double-hundred in a match against New Zealand.
- Sachin Tendulkar completed his 20 years of International Cricket here on 16 November 2009 against Sri Lanka. During the same game, Sachin Tendulkar reached a landmark of 30,000 runs in International cricket which by far no cricketer has achieved.
- Sachin Tendulkar became the first-ever cricketer to score 18,000 runs in One day cricket in a match against Australia during 2011 Cricket World Cup.
- AB de Villiers reached his first double-hundred against India during the second test of South Africa's tour to India in 2008.
Cricket World CupEdit
The stadium has hosted One Day International (ODI) matches for all the Cricket World Cups whenever India has hosted the World cups namely
1987 Cricket World CupEdit
26 October 1987
191/10 (50 overs)
194/3 (42 overs)
1996 Cricket World CupEdit
14 February 1997
239/6 (50 overs)
228/9 (50 overs)
2011 Cricket World CupEdit
262/6 (50 overs)
171 (46.2 overs)
162 (46.2 overs)
166/0 (33.3 overs)
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