India vs England in Motera: World’s largest cricket stadium, know 10 interesting things about Motera

The revenue model of this stadium has also been made such that its maintenance is not difficult and it can also give profits. However, let us tell you 10 such special things of Motera that you will definitely be interesting to know.

1. The Sardar Patel Stadium of Motera, the world’s largest, has been built on the lines of the Melbourne Cricket Ground on the banks of the Sabarmati River but bigger than the MCG (capacity 90,000). It can accommodate 32 Olympic-sized football fields. It and the Melbourne Cricket Ground have been designed by the famous Australian architect Populous. But unlike the Melbourne Cricket Ground, pillars have not been used here.

2. Officials of Gujarat Cricket Association proudly tell that the idea was given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he was the President of Gujarat Cricket Association. The stadium, built on 63 acres of land, also has four dressing rooms, an Olympic size swimming pool, 76 corporate boxes. Each corporate box can seat at least 25 persons. Apart from this, there is an indoor cricket academy, badminton and tennis courts, squash, table tennis area, three practice grounds and 50 rooms. All its 76 corporate boxes have already been leased for 25 years at the rate of Rs 2.5 crore. There are 11 pitches made of black and red clay on which matches will be played. Its drainage system is such that rain water can be removed from here in 30 minutes.

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3. Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar made history by crossing the 10,000-run mark in Test matches against Pakistan at Motera itself. Not only this, former Indian captain Kapil Dev took the 432nd wicket (8 February 1994, Hasan Tillakaratne’s wicket) in Motera in 1995 and then left behind Sir Richard Hadlee’s record for taking the most wickets in the world. Sachin Tendulkar completed 30,000 international runs in this stadium (playing against Sri Lanka in November 2009). Not only this, Sachin also completed his 18000 runs (playing against Australia) in ODIs.

4. Motera must get a chance to host in all the World Cups organized in India. The matches of the ICC ODI Cricket World Cup of 1987, 1996 and 2011 have been organized on the Motera pitch.

5. So far 12 Tests, 23 ODIs and one T20 match have been organized in Motera. In 12 test matches, India has won 4, lost 2 while 6 matches have been drawn. In 16 ODIs, India won 7, lost 8, while in the only T20, India defeated Pakistan in 2012.

6. On 24 February 2020, ‘Namaste Trump’ program was organized in this stadium in which about 1.5 lakh people participated. In this stadium, as a preparation, the match of Jay Shah XI vs Sourav Ganguly XI was held. Apart from this, the final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament has also been organized here this year.

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7. The idea of ​​making this stadium bigger was given by Narendra Modi, who was the Chief Minister of Gujarat and the President of Gujarat Cricket Association at that time. Instead of renovating the stadium, he asked the Gujarat Cricket Association to make it the largest stadium in the world on the lines of Melbourne Cricket Ground.

8. Starting from January 16, 2007, it took about two and a half years to make it. Its work was to end in 2019. But finally its work could be finished in February 2020. After that the whole world came under the grip of corona infection. Playgrounds were also closed and Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera also had to bear the brunt of it. This stadium has been built by Larsen & Turbo Company. Larsen & Turbo has also built the Al Rayyan Stadium for the 2022 Qatar World Cup, which has a capacity of 40,000.

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9. Three companies bid to build the existing stadium. Larsen & Turbo placed a bid of Rs 677.19 crore, Shapoorji Polanji & Co Ltd placed a bid of Rs 847.88 crore and Nagarjuna Construction Company Ltd placed a bid of Rs 1065 crore. Obviously Larsen & Turbo won the bid and built the stadium.

10. Motera’s stadium was first built in 1983, which was renovated in 2006. Witnessing 12 Tests, 23 ODIs and 1 T20 match so far, this stadium was demolished and remodeled in 2015. It cost about 750-800 crore rupees (ie 110 million US dollars) to build this stadium, which was ready in 2020.

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