Sardar Patel Stadium

2010-10-13 21:22
Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad.

Sardar Patel (Gujarat) Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad

Also or formerly known as Gujarat Stadium

Established: 1982

Capacity: 54,000

Floodlights: Yes

End names:
Adani Pavilion End, GMDC End

Home teams: Gujarat, Rajasthan Royals

Sardar Patel Stadium (Motera Stadium) is one of the premier Cricket stadiums of India located in the Motera locality of Ahmedabad. Because of its location, the stadium is commonly called Motera Stadium to avoid confusion with another stadium of the same name in Navrangpura locality of Ahmedabad. Sardar Patel stadium is owned by Gujarat Cricket Association and comes under the aegis of the West Zone. It is the largest stadium in the state of Gujarat, and has an official capacity of 54,000 spectators. It is equipped with floodlights for day-and-night games and is a regular venue for Test cricket and One Day Internationals (ODI) matches.

Formerly known as the Gujarat Stadium, the ground was later renamed in tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India's first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. 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 May 2010, the Motera stadium has played host to 19 ODI matches. In India, only Eden Gardens (22 ODI Matches) has hosted more ODI matches than Motera Stadium. 

It is scheduled to host 3 matches during the 2011 World Cup, including a Quarter final match.

One Day International Match Records

* 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: Farveez Maharoof 4/20 - Sri Lanka v India, 6 Nov 2005
* Most runs: Rahul Dravid (India) 342 Runs (Mat:5 Inn:5 HS:109* Ave:114.00 SR:83.00 100x2 50x1)
* Most wickets: Kapil Dev (India) 10 Wickets (Mat:6 Runs:156 Best:3/26 Ave:15.60 Econ:3.04)

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 November 16th, 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.
* AB de Villiers reached his first double-hundred against India during the second test of South Africa's tour to India in 2008.


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