Sunday, January 30, 2011

Venue: Sardar Patel Stadium Motera

Location: Motera, Ahmedabad
Established: 1982
Seating Capacity: 48,000
Floodlights: Yes
End Names: Adani Pavilion End, GMDC End
First Test: India v West Indies - Nov 12-16, 1983
First ODI: India v Australia - Oct 5, 1984

Established in 1982, Sardar Patel Stadium at Motera, Ahmedabad, staged its first Test match in 1983, when India played against West Indies. Spread over an area of 50 acres of land, the ground was completed in a record nine months, to be ready on time for the first series played there. The Sardar Patel Motera stadium (formerly knows as Gujarat stadium) has the privilege of playing host to some world-record breaking feats by Indian cricketers. Know more about Sardar Patel cricket stadium in the following lines.

Sardar Patel stadium, Motera, is owned by Gujarat Cricket Association and named after India's first Home Minister - Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. A trench has been built around the playing area for the security of the players. Apart from cricket, the ground has played host to a number of programs arranged by the state Government of Gujarat. The stadium is situated on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. The stadium comes under the aegis of the West Zone. It is commonly known as Motera. It has an official capacity of 48,000 spectators and is equipped with floodlights for day-and-night games.


    * In the very second Test played at Sardar Patel stadium in the 1986-87 season, Sunil Gavaskar achieved the distinction of becoming the first man to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket.
    * In 1993, Kapil Dev broke Sir Richard Hadlee's record of the highest wicket-taker, by picking up the 432nd wicket at the Sardar Patel stadium.
    * India holds the highest score at the ground with 583-7 declared against New Zealand in the 1999-2000 season.
    * India holds the lowest score at the ground with 103 all out against the West Indies.
    * The highest ODI total at the ground is 325 by India against West Indies in the 2002-03 season.
    * The first match of 1996 Cricket World Cup was played at Sardar Patel Stadium.


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