Motera Stadium

Motera Stadium

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Motera Stadium is located in Ahmedabad and owned by Gujarat Cricket Association. It 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

Location

Motera Stadium is located at banks of the Sabarmati river on the outskirts of Ahmedabad.

Capacity

Motera Stadium is an imposing structure which can accommodate about 110,000 spectators which will be more than double the capacity of the old stadium and hold 10,000 more people than Australia’s iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.

It will include 76 corporate boxes, four-team dressing rooms and facilities, state-of-the-art club facilities with three practice grounds, an indoor cricket academy and an Olympic-size swimming pool.

History

Before this stadium came into existence, international matches were played at the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s stadium, bearing the same name. However, in 1982, the Gujarat Government donated a 50-acre land on the banks of the Sabarmati river and the Motera stadium was constructed in a span of only nine months.

The first international match to be hosted here was a Test between India and West Indies on November 12, 1983.

The ground was renovated in 2006, just before the Champions Trophy. After renovation, state-of-the-art floodlights were added to the stadium along with covered stands, three new pitches and a new outfield.

This stadium hosted its first Test in November 1983 and has been witness to some memorable Indian feats

  1. Sunil Gavaskar got to his 10,000 Test runs here, against Pakistan in 1986-87, and seven years later,
  2. Kapil Dev nailed his 432nd victim to go past Richard Hadlee as Test cricket’s leading wicket-taker.
  3. Sachin Tendulkar became 1st cricketer to score 18,000 runs in One Day International 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 games whenever India has hosted the Cricket World Cup, including the first match of the 1996 World Cup between England and New Zealand and the quarter-final of the 2011 World Cup between Australia and India.

Major Matches

In the 1984–85 Australia-India series, Sardar Patel Stadium hosted its first ODI. In the match, Australia won the toss and asked Indians to bat first. Batting first, India set a target of 207 which was easily achieved by Australia with the help of Allan Border, who top-scored with 62 runs not out and Australia won by seven wickets.

This ground has been a witness to some memorable Indian feats – Sunil Gavaskar got to his 10,000 Test runs here against Pakistan in 1986-87. Seven years later, Kapil Dev nailed his 432nd victim to go past Richard Hadlee as Test cricket’s leading wicket-taker.

In October 1999, Sachin Tendulkar scored his first Test double-hundred in a match against New Zealand.

Controversies

In 2010, due to heavy rainfall, the stadium was inundated upto 12 to 15 feet. The stadium suffered loss of a lot of money, approximately Rs. 50-60 lakh.

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