Sardar Patel Stadium

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Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium
Aerial View Motera Stadium.jpg
Aerial view of Sardar Patel Stadium
Ground information
Location Motera, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Establishment 1982
Capacity 49,000[1] (100,000, after expansion) [2]
Owner Gujarat Cricket Association
Architect Shashi Prabhu[3]
Operator Gujarat Cricket Association
Tenants Indian Cricket Team (1983–present)
Gujarat cricket team (1983–present)
Rajasthan Royals (2010 & 2014)
Gujarat Lions (2016-present)
End names
Adani Pavilion End
International information
First Test 12 Nov – 16 Nov 1983: India v West Indies
Last Test 15 Nov – 19 Nov 2012: India v England
First ODI 5 Oct 1984: India v Australia
Last ODI 6 November 2014: India v Sri Lanka
Team information
Gujarat cricket team (1983–present)
As of 24 Mar 2011
Source: Cricinfo

Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium (Gujarati: સરદાર પટેલ સ્ટેડિયમ; Motera Stadium) is one of the premier cricket stadiums of India in the Motera locality of Ahmedabad. Because of its location, the stadium is commonly called 'Motera Stadium' to avoid confusion with another stadium of the same name in Navrangpura, Ahmedabad. Sardar Patel stadium is owned by Gujarat Cricket Association and comes under the aegis of the West Zone. It is the largest stadium in the state of Gujarat with an official capacity of 49,000 spectators.[1][4] It is equipped with floodlights for day-and-night games and is a regular venue for Test cricket and One Day Internationals (ODI) matches.

As of October 2015, the stadium is being demolished in order to be revamped to be the largest cricket stadium in the world with seating capacity of 100,000. The revamped stadium is planned to be like the Melbourne Cricket Ground. [5]

Formerly known as the Gujarat Stadium, the ground was renamed in tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel,[6] India's first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. Apart from cricket, the ground has played host to a number of programs arranged by the Government of Gujarat. The pitch once favoured the bowlers but has lately been host to competitive games.

As of December 2011, the Motera stadium had played host to 23 ODI matches. In India, only Eden Gardens (26 ODI matches) has hosted more ODI matches than Motera Stadium.[7] The stadium 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.

The demolition work on the stadium began on 10th September 2015 and is likely to continue for four months, with the plan to rebuild a new stadium on the same site within two years.[8]

History and development[edit]

Before the Motera Stadium came into existence, international cricket matches in the city were played at Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation's stadium of the same name (Sardar Patel Stadium) in the Navrangpura area. In 1982, the government of Gujarat donated a 50-acre (200,000 m2) stretch of land on the banks of the Sabarmati River for the construction of new stadium. The construction of the Sardar Patel Stadium was carried out in a span of nine years. Since then all International cricket fixtures for the city are hosted here. Later in the 1984–85 Australia-India series, Sardar Patel Stadium hosted its first ODI, one in which Australia beat the Indians.

Sunil Gavaskar became the first-ever cricketer to score 50 runs in Test cricket on this ground — a feat he achieved against Pakistan in 1987.[9] Seven years later Kapil Dev claimed his 432nd Test wicket on this ground to become the highest wicket taker in the world, breaking Sir Richard Hadlee's record for the most number of wickets in Test matches here. Before he became the highest wicket taker, Kapil Dev made a nine-wicket haul in his career here at the Motera ground. In 1996, the ground hosted a low-scoring Test match against South Africa, where the visitors faltered while chasing a paltry 170 for a win to end up at 105 all out. Javagal Srinath scalped six wickets in the fourth innings of the match. However, South Africa had their revenge when they bowled India out for 76 runs in the first session of the Test match in 2008 and then went on to win it by an innings and 90 runs. Sachin Tendulkar became the first-ever cricketer to score 18,000 runs in One day 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 one game in each of the two Cricket World Cups that were played in the country, including the first match of the 1996 World Cup between England and New Zealand.

The stadium is currently under renovation. It is set to be the world's biggest cricket stadium with 100,000 seating capacity once it is renovated. [10]


Sardar Patel Stadium

Test match records[edit]

  • Highest innings total: Sri Lanka 760/7d – India v Sri Lanka, 2nd innings, 16 Nov 2009
  • Lowest innings total: India 76 – India v South Africa, 1 innings, 3 Apr 2008
  • Highest individual score: Mahela Jayawardene 275 (Balls:435 4x27 6x1) – Sri Lanka v India, 16 Nov 2009
  • Best bowling:
    (in an innings) Kapil Dev 83/9 – India v West Indies, 12 Nov 1983
    (in a match) Venkatapathy Raju 125/11 – India v Sri Lanka, 8 Feb 1994
  • Most runs: Rahul Dravid (India) 771 Runs (Mat:7 Inn:14 HS:222 Ave:59.30 SR:49.10 100x3 50x1)
  • Most wickets: Anil Kumble (India) 36 Wickets (Mat:7 Runs:964 BBI:7/115 BBM:10/233 Ave:26.77 Econ:2.29 SR:70.1 5W/I:3 10W/M:1)

One Day International match records[edit]

  • Highest total: South Africa 365/2 – India v South Africa, 1st innings, 27 Feb 2010
  • Lowest total: Zimbabwe 85 – Zimbabwe v West Indies, 1st innings, 8 Oct 2006
  • Highest individual score: Sourav Ganguly 144 (Balls:152 4x8 6x6) – India v Zimbabwe, 5 Dec 2000
  • Best bowling: Mitchell Johnson 4/19 (9.2 overs) – Australia v Zimbabwe, 21 Feb 2011
  • Most runs: Rahul Dravid (India) 342 Runs (Mat:5 Inn:5 HS:109* Ave:114.00 SR:83.00 100x2 50x1)
  • Most wickets: Kapil Dev (India) 10 Wickets (Mat:6 Runs:156 Best:3/26 Ave:15.60 Econ:3.04)

High points in cricket history[edit]

Motera has witnessed some great feats of Indian cricket history:

  • Sunil Gavaskar completed 10,000 runs in Test cricket in 1986–87 against Pakistan.[8]
  • Kapil Dev, who had taken 9 wickets in an innings in the first match on this ground, scalped his 432nd wicket in Test cricket to pass Sir Richard Hadlee's record, thus becoming the highest wicket taker in Test cricket at that time.[8]
  • In October 1999, Sachin Tendulkar scored his first Test Match double-hundred in a match against New Zealand.
  • Sachin Tendulkar completed his 20 years of International Cricket here on 16 November 2009 against Sri Lanka. During the same game, Sachin Tendulkar reached a landmark of 30,000 runs in International cricket which by far no cricketer has achieved.
  • Sachin Tendulkar became the first-ever cricketer to score 18,000 runs in One day cricket in a match against Australia during 2011 Cricket World Cup.
  • AB de Villiers reached his first double-hundred against India during the second test of South Africa's tour to India in 2008.
Panoramic view of Motera Stadium seen from Club Pavilion – India playing a test match against New Zealand in November 2010

Cricket World Cup[edit]

The stadium has hosted One Day International (ODI) matches for all the Cricket World Cups whenever India has hosted the World cups namely

1987 Cricket World Cup[edit]

26 October 1987
191/10 (50 overs)
194/3 (42 overs)
 India won by 7 wickets
Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad

1996 Cricket World Cup[edit]

14 February 1997
New Zealand 
239/6 (50 overs)
228/9 (50 overs)
 New Zealand won by 11 runs
Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad

2011 Cricket World Cup[edit]

21 February 2011 (D/N)
262/6 (50 overs)
171 (46.2 overs)
 Australia won by 91 runs
Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad
4 March 2011 (D/N)
162 (46.2 overs)
 New Zealand
166/0 (33.3 overs)
 New Zealand won by 10 wickets
Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad
24 March 2011 (D/N)
260/6 (50 overs)
261/5 (47.4 overs)
 India won by 5 wickets
Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad, India. ESPN Cricinfo
  2. ^ "Revamped Motera stadium to have record one lakh seating capacity: GCA". Zee News. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Motera stadium back in top form". 
  5. ^ "Motera to have one lakh seating capacity". 
  6. ^ Ashwani Sharma (1 November 2014). "14 Things You Did Not Know about Sardar Patel, the Man Who United India". Topyaps. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Stadium statistics (on ESPN Cricinfo)". 
  8. ^ a b c "Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera to be demolished". ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "India Today article on Sunil Gavaskar's 10,000 runs". 
  10. ^

External links[edit]

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