Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium

Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, (Gujarati: સૌરાષ્ટ્ર ક્રિકેટ એસોસિયેશન સ્ટેડિયમ) also known as the Khandheri Cricket Stadium, is a cricket stadium in Rajkot, India. It is Gujarat's first solar-powered stadium.

Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium
SCA Stadium.jpg
SCA Khandheri Stadium
Ground information
LocationRajkot, Gujarat, India
Establishment2008
Capacity28,000
OwnerSaurashtra Cricket Association
OperatorSaurashtra Cricket Association
TenantsIndian cricket team
Saurashtra cricket team
Gujarat Lions
End names
Pavilion End
END
International information
First Test9–13 November 2016:
 India v  England
Last Test4–6 October 2018:
 India v  West Indies
First ODI11 January 2013:
 India v  England
Last ODI17 January 2020:
 India v  Australia
First T20I10 October 2013:
 India v  Australia
Last T20I7 November 2019:
 India v  Bangladesh
As of 17 January 2020
Source: ESPNcricinfo

In 2013, first ever international match took place in this stadium. The host (India) played ODI against England. In same year, it hosted its first T20I between India and Australia which India won by six wickets. In 2016, this stadium hosted its first ever Test, India vs England. Although, the test ended in a draw.

HistoryEdit

 
View of Khandheri Cricket Stadium

Initially, the stadium was being used for Ranji Trophy matches, when the spectator stands were still being constructed.[1] With the stands completed, the ground can hold 28,000 people. The stadium is a part of a larger sports complex that will include venues for other sports such as badminton, basketball, and volleyball. It will host Saurashtra Cricket Association matches along with Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground.

It is a state of the art cricket stadium. The media box here is similar in design to the one at Lord's Cricket Ground, London. To facilitate spectator movement, there are several aisles between seat columns and the many entrances/exits for the three stands. There is also a spacious passage running around the stadium, between the stands and the outer wall, to enable easy movement.

A 30-acre portion of agricultural land next to the Jamnagar highway was acquired around 2004. Construction began in 2006 and the total cost, including land, is said to be around Rs 75 crore (around $14 million). The SCA shifted its offices from the cramped seventh floor of a commercial building in the city to the stadium which has been hosting first-class matches since late 2008.

The complex has two playing fields: the main one inside the stadium, with a 90-yard outfield, and a smaller one outside, with a 70-yard outfield. The latter is used for outdoor nets, and also for district-level matches. The dressing rooms are big and lined with large, luxurious, cushioned seats.

There are more than 60 hospitality boxes dotting the West Stand and the Pavilion Stand but the SCA has decided against selling them permanently to corporates and will only hire them out for international matches. There are even plans to have an academy in the future.

The stadium was in the cricket news when its Saurashtra run machines Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja make their latest double or triple-hundred.

It also hosted its first T20 International match on 10 October 2013 between India and Australia during the Australia Tour of India Oct-Nov 2013. The match first saw Aaron Finch make 89 and then the return of Yuvraj Singh to international cricket in which he scored an unbeaten 77 as India chased down 201 runs.

In November 2015, the stadium was selected as one of the six new Test venues along with Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, JSCA International Stadium Complex, Holkar Stadium, Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium and Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in India.[2] The stadium was the home ground of the Gujarat Lions in IPL 2016. It hosted five matches in the season.[3]

On 9 November 2016, the stadium hosted its first ever Test match, which was played between England and India.[4]

List of CenturiesEdit

KeyEdit

  • * denotes that the batsman was not out.
  • Inns. denotes the number of the innings in the match.
  • Balls denotes the number of balls faced in an innings.
  • NR denotes that the number of balls was not recorded.
  • Parentheses next to the player's score denotes his century number at Edgbaston.
  • The column title Date refers to the date the match started.
  • The column title Result refers to the player's team result

Test CenturiesEdit

No. Score Player Team Balls Inns. Opposing team Date Result
1 124 Joe Root   England 180 1   India 9 November 2016 Draw[5]
2 117 Moeen Ali   England 213 1   India 9 November 2016 Draw[5]
3 128 Ben Stokes   England 235 1   India 9 November 2016 Draw[5]
4 126 Murali Vijay   India 301 2   England 9 November 2016 Draw[5]
5 124 Cheteshwar Pujara   India 206 2   England 9 November 2016 Draw[5]
6 130 Alastair Cook   England 243 3   India 9 November 2016 Draw[5]
7 134 Prithvi Shaw   India 154 1   West Indies 24 October 2018 Won[6]
8 139 Virat Kohli   India 230 1   West Indies 24 October 2018 Won[6]
9 100* Ravindra Jadeja   India 132 1   West Indies 24 October 2018 Won[6]

One Day InternationalsEdit

No. Score Player Team Balls Inns. Opposing team Date Result
1 103 Quinton de Kock   South Africa 118 1   India 18 October 2015 Won[7]

Twenty20 InternationalsEdit

No. Score Player Team Balls Inns. Opposing team Date Result
1 109* Colin Munro   New Zealand 58 1   India 4 November 2017 Won[8]

List of Five Wicket HaulsEdit

KeyEdit

Symbol Meaning
  The bowler was man of the match
  10 or more wickets taken in the match
  One of two five-wicket hauls by the bowler in the match
Date Day the Test started or ODI was held
Inn Innings in which five-wicket haul was taken
Overs Number of overs bowled.
Runs Number of runs conceded
Wkts Number of wickets taken
Econ Runs conceded per over
Batsmen Batsmen whose wickets were taken
Drawn The match was drawn.

TestsEdit

No. Bowler Date Team Opposing team Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 Kuldeep Yadav 4 April 2018   India   West Indies 3 14 57 5 3.2 Won [6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/domesticcricket/Antigua-fever-pitch-reaches-Rajkot/Article1-379759.aspx
  2. ^ BCCI revamps selection committee, announces new Test centres
  3. ^ IPL-T20 Schedule
  4. ^ "England tour of India, 1st Test: India v England at Rajkot, Nov 9-13, 2016". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "1st Test, England tour of India at Rajkot, Nov 9-13 2016". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d "1st Test, West Indies tour of India at Rajkot, Oct 4-6 2018". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  7. ^ "3rd ODI (D/N), South Africa tour of India at Rajkot, Oct 18 2015". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  8. ^ "2nd T20I (N), New Zealand tour of India at Rajkot, Nov 4 2017". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 August 2019.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 22°21′47″N 70°42′36″E / 22.363°N 70.710°E / 22.363; 70.710