The Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad, popularly known as Motera Stadium, will host the third and fourth Test of the Indian versus England series. The third Test will be a day-night encounter, the second-ever Pink-Ball Test in India after the one between India and Bangladesh at Eden Gardens, Kolkata in November 2019. Motera Stadium has been in the news recently, following its reconstruction, giving the venue a complete facelift. The knockout matches of the 2020-21 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy were held at the new Motera Stadium. As Motera gets set to host England, here are some interesting facts to know about it.
1. Largest cricket stadium in the world
The old Motera Stadium was demolished in 2016 to build a completely new one with higher seating capacity and latest facilities. According to reports, the renovated stadium was constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 800 crore. With a seating capacity of 110,000, Motera is the largest cricket stadium in the world and second-largest sports ground. The Rungrado May Day Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, is the world’s largest stadium. It has a seating capacity of 114,000.
2. Impressive facilities at Motera
The redesigned Motera stadium is spread over 63 acres. There are three entry points compared to one in the old stadium. The venue houses 76 corporate boxes that can accommodate 25 people each. There are four dressing rooms in all while the stadium complex comprises a 55-room clubhouse, an Olympic sized swimming pool, indoor cricket academy, badminton and tennis courts, a squash arena, a table tennis area, and a 3D projector theatre. The parking lot can accommodate 3,000 cars and 10,000 two-wheelers. There is also a huge ramp to aid the simultaneous movement of nearly 60,000 people.
3. LED lights over floodlights!
A special feature of the Motera stadium is that there are LED lights on the roof replacing the normal floodlights seen in cricket stadiums. The LED lights cover 30 out of 55 metres width of the sitting area. The roof is lightweight and separate from the seating bowls to make it reasonably earthquake resistant. The structure has been created in a manner so as to get rid of the need for pillars. The crowd thus gets an unclogged view of the action from anywhere in the stadium. According to numerous media reports, the idea to rebuild Motera was proposed by Narendra Modi, when he was president of the Gujarat Cricket Association and Chief Minister of Gujarat.
4. Important matches at Motera
The Motera Stadium hosted its first One-Day International (ODI) game in 1984-85. Australia beat India in the contest by seven wickets, easily chasing down 207. Motera also hosted five of the 15 games in 2006 ICC Champions Trophy. The first World Cup match at Motera was held between England and New Zealand during the 1996 edition. India famously defeated Australia in 2011 World Cup quarter-final at this venue, ending the defending champions’ unbeaten streak. Prior to the current series, Motera hosted 12 Tests, 23 ODIs and one T20I.
5. Key Test stats
760 for 7 declared by Sri Lanka against India in November 2009 is the highest innings total at the venue.
India’s 76 all-out against South Africa is the lowest innings total at the Motera stadium.
Mahela Jayawardene’s 275 is the highest individual score at the venue.
Kapil Dev’s 9 for 83 against West Indies in 1983 are the best bowling figures in an innings.
6. Significant ODI numbers
South Africa’s 365 for 2 against India in 2010 is the highest team total in ODIs.
Zimbabwe’s 85 against West Indies in 2006 is the lowest team total at the venue.
Sourav Ganguly’s 144 versus Zimbabwe in 2000 is the highest individual score at Motera.
Mitchell Johnson’s 4 for 19 versus Zimbabwe in 2011 are the best one-day bowling analysis.
7. A special venue for Indian legends
Sunil Gavaskar reached 10,000 runs in Tests here in 1986–87 against Pakistan.
Kapil Dev went past Sir Richard Hadlee’s world record of 431 wickets to become the then leading wicket-taker in Tests back in 1994.
In 1999, Sachin Tendulkar scored his first Test double century New Zealand here.
Sachin Tendulkar also completed 18,000 runs ODI runs against Australia during the 2011 Cricket World Cup match.