Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad

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Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium
Hyderabad Cricket Stadium
Panorama of rajiv gandhi stadium.jpg
Inside View of the Stadium under lights
Ground information
LocationUppal, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Coordinates17°24′23″N 78°33′01″E / 17.40639°N 78.55028°E / 17.40639; 78.55028Coordinates: 17°24′23″N 78°33′01″E / 17.40639°N 78.55028°E / 17.40639; 78.55028
Establishment2003
Capacity55,000
OwnerHyderabad Cricket Association
ArchitectShashi Prabhu[1]
OperatorHyderabad Cricket Association
TenantsIndian Cricket Team
Hyderabad cricket team
Sunrisers Hyderabad
End names
Shiv Lal Yadav End
VVS Laxman End
International information
First Test12 November 2010:
 India v  New Zealand
Last Test12 October 2018:
 India v  West Indies
First ODI16 November 2005:
 India v  South Africa
Last ODI2 March 2019:
 India v  Australia
First T20I13 October 2017:
 India v  Australia
Last T20I25 September 2022:
 India v  Australia
As of 25 September 2022
Source: ESPN Cricinfo

The Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, also colloquially known as Hyderabad Cricket Stadium is a cricket stadium in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. Located in the eastern suburb of Uppal, it has a maximum capacity of 55,000 and extends across 15 acres of land. It serves as the home ground for the Hyderabad Cricket Association and the Indian Premier League team Sunrisers Hyderabad. As of 25 September 2022, it has hosted 5 Tests, 6 ODIs, and 3 T20Is. This stadium hosted the opener and final of 2017 Indian Premier League, and also the final of 2019 Indian Premier League.

It is named after former prime minister of India Rajiv Gandhi.

History[edit]

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 Telangana State 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 erstwhile 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 ₹65,00,00,000. A sum of ₹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(before the separation of Telangana) 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 ₹43,00,00,000, i.e. the contract price only.

The ends are named Pavilion End and North End. On the retirement of VVS Laxman, the HCA decided to honor the veteran by naming the North End after him.[citation needed]

Stats and records[edit]

Matches Hosted

Records[edit]

Ground capacity and factors[edit]

  • The stadium extends across 16 acres (6.5 ha) and has a seating capacity of 55,000 spectators. The ends are Pavilion End and North End (V.V.S. Laxman end).
  • A stand was named after Newly appointed Hyderabad Cricket Association President Mohammad Azharuddin and opened on 6 December 2019.
  • Floodlights are mounted on six towers to illuminate the stadium during day-night matches having been commissioned in April 2007.
  • The wicket here is considered as a flat track, with a reputation of being a batsman-friendly and high-scoring pitch.[by whom?]
A Panoramic view of Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium

Franchise cricket[edit]

SRH fans during an IPL match

Sunrisers Hyderabad is a cricket franchise based in Hyderabad city. The team is owned by Kalanithi Maran of the Sun TV Network. Kane Williamson is the captain of the team. Trevor Bayliss is the head coach and Brad Haddin is the assistant coach of the team. VVS Laxman is the mentor of the team while Muttiah Muralitharan was the bowling coach of the team. The team won the 2016 IPL. So far this stadium is served as home ground of Sunrisers and now defunct franchise Deccan Chargers.

Its official jersey was unveiled on 8 March 2013, and the team anthem directed by GV Prakash Kumar was released on 12 March 2013. Their logo was unveiled on 20 December 2012, along with the announcement that the team's management would be led by Kris, Tom Moody, and VVS Laxman.

In IPL 2019, Hyderabad Cricket Association won the award for best ground and pitch.

Test cricket[edit]

It was the 101st venue for Test matches in world cricket.[2]

Stadium records[edit]

Test matches records[edit]

Most centuries[5]
Centuries Player Period
2 (5 Innings) Cheteshwar Pujara 2012-2018
2 (3 Innings) Murali Vijay 2013-2017
1 (1 Innings) Mushfiqur Rahim 2017
1 (2 Innings) Wriddhiman Saha 2017
1 (2 Innings) Harbhajan Singh 2010-2013
1 (2 Innings) Tim McIntosh 2010
1 (5 Innings) Virat Kohli 2012-2018
1 (4 Innings) Brendon McCullum 2010–2012
1 (1 Innings) Roston Chase 2018

One day international cricket[edit]

Stadium records[edit]

  • Australia had scored 350/4, it is the highest score at the stadium.
  • England had scored 174, it is the lowest score at the stadium.
  • Yuvraj Singh's 233 scored in three matches is the most of runs scored at the stadium.
  • Sachin Tendulkar's 175 is the highest individual score at the stadium.
  • 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.
  • India completed its 500th ODI win at this venue in 2019.

One day international records[edit]

Category Information
Highest Innings Total Australia  Australia 350/4 - India v Australia, 1 innings, 5 Nov 2009
Lowest Innings Total England  England 174 - 2 innings, 14 Oct 2011
Highest Individual Score Sachin Tendulkar  India 175 (Balls:141 4x19 6x4) - India v Australia, 5 Nov 2009
Best Bowling in a Match UT Yadav India 4/53 (9 overs) - India v SriLanka, 9 Nov 2014
Most Runs Yuvraj Singh  India 233 Runs (Mat:3 Inn:3 HS:121 Ave:77.66 SR:94.33 100x2 50x0)
Most Wickets UT Yadav India 6 Wickets (Mat:2 Runs:85 Best:4/53 Ave:14.16 Econ:6.07)

T-20 Internationals[edit]

The ground was scheduled to host its first ever Twenty20 International on 13 October 2017, against Australia. However, it was called off due to a wet outfield.[9]

The ground finally hosted a Twenty20 International on 6 December 2019, against West Indies. It was a high-scoring match, with India winning the match by 6 wickets. Team India played the 3rd T20 against Australia on September 25th 2022, at this venue. India won by 6 wickets and won the Mastercard T20I trophy against Australia. Surya Kumar Yadav who scored 69 runs (36 balls) is awarded the Player of the Match.[10]

Stadium records[edit]

  • 27 sixes were witnessed in one match, it's the most sixes in a T20I game in India
  • 416 runs were scored in one match for the loss of 9 wickets.
  • K. L. Rahul reached his 1000 runs milestone in a T20I at this venue.

Twenty20 international records[edit]

Most career runs at this ground[11]
Runs Player Team Period
157 (2 Innings) Virat Kohli  India 2019-2022
63 (2 Innings) K. L. Rahul  India 2019-2022
69 (1 Innings) Suryakumar Yadav  India 2022

References[edit]

  1. ^ spa-aec.com
  2. ^ List of Test cricket grounds
  3. ^ Cricket Records | Records | Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad | Test matches | Most runs | ESPN Cricinfo
  4. ^ Cricket Records | Records | Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad | Test matches | High scores | ESPN Cricinfo
  5. ^ Cricket Records | Records | Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad | Test matches | Most hundreds | ESPN Cricinfo
  6. ^ Cricket Records | Records | Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad | One-Day Internationals | Most runs | ESPN Cricinfo
  7. ^ Cricket Records | Records | Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad | One-Day Internationals | High scores | ESPN Cricinfo
  8. ^ Cricket Records | Records | Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad | One-Day Internationals | Most hundreds | ESPN Cricinfo
  9. ^ "Hyderabad T20I called off, India-Australia series tied". Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  10. ^ "India beat Australia India won by 6 wickets (with 1 ball remaining) - Australia vs India, Australia in India, 3rd T20I Match Summary, Report | ESPNcricinfo.com". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 October 2022.
  11. ^ Cricket Records | Records | Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad | One-Day Internationals | Most runs | ESPN Cricinfo

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