Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium
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|Location||Uppal, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India|
|Owner||Hyderabad Cricket Association|
|Operator||Hyderabad Cricket Association|
|Tenants||Indian Cricket Team
Hyderabad cricket team
VVS Laxman End
|First Test||12 - 16 Nov 2010: India v New Zealand|
|Last Test||2–5 March 2013: India v Australia|
|First ODI||16 Nov 2005: India v South Africa|
|Last ODI||14 Oct 2011: India v England|
|As of 2 March 2013
Source: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Cricinfo
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium (Telugu: రాజీవ్ గాంధీ అంతర్జాతీయ క్రికెట్ మైదానం), formerly known as Visaka International Cricket Stadium Ground, is the principal cricket stadium in Hyderabad, India and is the home ground of the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA). It is located in Uppal, an eastern suburb of the city. It has a capacity of 55,000 spectators presently and extends across 16 acres (65,000 m2) of land. The ends are named Pavilion End and North End. On the retirement of VVS Laxman, the HCA decided to honour the state hero by naming the North End after him.
HCA's previous home ground was the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium in the Fateh Maidan sports complex at Basheerbagh in central Hyderabad. The ground belonged to the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh (SAAP) and HCA had limited operating autonomy over this ground. Moreover, due to its smaller size, it soon came to be known as a high-scoring ground and so Hyderabad was not considered for many high profile cricket matches in India.
In 2003, the proposal for a new stadium was submitted by HCA to the government of Andhra Pradesh, then headed by N. Chandrababu Naidu. The proposal was quickly cleared and HCA was allocated a budget for the same. The government also identified a large piece of land suitable for the project at Uppal.
Most of the funding for the project came after an open auction of the stadium's title was held. Visaka Industries Limited won the auction with a bid price of Rs. 65,00,00,000. A sum of Rs. 43,00,00,000 was paid in advance and the stadium was named as Visakha International Cricket Stadium in 2004.
By 2005 when most of the stadium was built, it was ready to host its first ODI Match between India and South Africa. However, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy the former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh decided to change the name of the stadium to Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, in memory of the former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi.
Following this decision, HCA was required to pay Visakha Industries six times the contract price in accordance with the contract clauses governing any subsequent renaming of the stadium or the Visakha name not remaining attached to the stadium. HCA however, following some negotiations by Govt, got away by paying an amount of Rs. 43,00,00,000, i.e. the contract price only.Now Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium is regarded one of the Professional and good Cricket stadiums and it has a capacity of 55,000 spectators.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (Telugu: సన్ రైజర్స్ హైదరాబాద్) (often abbreviated as SRH) is a cricket franchise based in Hyderabad by the IPL Governing Council. The team is owned by Kalanithi Maran of the Sun TV Network.
Kumar Sangakkara is the captain of the team. Tom Moody is the head coach and Simon Helmot is the assistant coach of the team. Krish Srikkanth and VVS Laxman are the mentors of the team while Waqar Younis is the bowling coach of the team.
The team jersey was unveiled on March 8, 2013, and team anthem directed by G. V. Prakash Kumar was released on March 12, 2013. Their logo was unveiled on December 20, 2012, along with the announcement that the team's management would be led by Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Tom Moody and VVS Laxman. The stadium suffered from a jinx of losing matches for the home team so the management had decided to change the dressing room position of the home team and also installed a sculpture of Lord Ganesha who is the god for success and the efforts of the management finally resulted in a win for India in the next match beating England with a margin of over a hundred runs.It also turned the fortunes of Sunrisers Hyderabad with almost all wins at home.
One Day International cricket
The stadium has hosted following ODI matches till date.
|Team (A)||Team (B)||Winner||Margin||Match Date|
|India||South Africa||By 5 Wickets||16 Nov 2005|
|India||Australia||BY 47 Runs||5 Oct 2007|
|India||Australia||By 3 Runs||5 Nov 2009|
|India||England||By 126 Runs||14 Oct 2011|
- Sachin Tendulkar completed 17,000 ODI runs, made his 45th ODI century and received his 60th ODI Man of the match award.
- 697 runs made for the loss of 14 wickets in one match.
It is the 101st venue for test matches in world cricket.
|Team (A)||Team (B)||Winner||Margin||Match Date|
|India||New Zealand||DRAWN||N/A||12-16 Nov 2010|
|India||New Zealand||By Inns and 115 Runs||23-26 Aug 2012|
|India||Australia||By Inns and 135 Runs||2 - 5 Mar 2013|
Highlights: Test match vs New Zealand played on 23-26 Aug 2012
- Cheteshwar Pujara Scored his maiden Test Century
- Ravichandran Ashwin taken 12 wickets in the match
- Spinners taking 18 wickets in the match.
Test Matches Records
One Day International Records
- List of Test cricket grounds
- Cricket Records | Records | Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad | Test matches | Most runs | ESPN Cricinfo
- Cricket Records | Records | Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad | Test matches | High scores | ESPN Cricinfo
- Cricket Records | Records | Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad | Test matches | Most hundreds | ESPN Cricinfo
- Cricket Records | Records | Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad | One-Day Internationals | Most runs | ESPN Cricinfo
- Cricket Records | Records | Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad | One-Day Internationals | High scores | ESPN Cricinfo
- Cricket Records | Records | Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad | One-Day Internationals | Most hundreds | ESPN Cricinfo
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