Cricket Grounds in India > Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad
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- Location: Motera, Ahmedabad (Ahmedabad is the largest city in Gujarat, a state in Western India)
- Established: 1982
- Stadium Capacity: 54,000
- Owner: Gujarat Cricket Association
- Name of the Ends: Adani Pavilion End, GMDC End
- First Test: India vs West Indies, 12 – 16 November 1983
- First ODI: India vs Australia, 5 October 1984
- First T20I: yet to host one
- Curator: Bagira Thakur
Brief History of the Sardar Patel Stadium
Formerly known as the Gujarat Stadium, it was later rechristened after the First Home Minister of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who hailed from the state. It is simply referred to as the ‘Motera’ by cricket fans.
In 1982, the Govt of Gujarat donated 50 acres of land near the Sabarmati river for the construction of a new cricket ground. Construction began in right earnest, and the stadium was constructed within a span of less than one year.
Later it was renovated for the ICC Champions Trophy 2006, and that is when the ground acquired floodlight facilities to host day/night matches.
Major Records and Events at the Sardar Patel Stadium:
- Sunil Gavaskar became the first batsman in the history of cricket to complete 10,000 Test runs at this venue during a Test against Pakistan in the 1987 series.
- It was at the Motera that Kapil Dev claimed his wicket no.432 to displace Courtney Walsh from the top of the list and create a new world record for the highest number of Test wickets.
- Sachin Tendulkar made his maiden Test Double Century at this ground on 16 November 2009.
- The Sardar Patel Stadium was chosen as one of the venues for the quarter finals of the ICC World Cup 2011. It hosted the India vs Australia quarter-final match on 24 March 2011.