Narendra Modi Stadium

Waleed Zia

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Narendra Modi Stadium

The Narendra Modi Stadium, a massive wonder that embodies the country’s sports enthusiasm and architectural brilliance, is located in the center of India’s thriving city of Ahmedabad. Named after India’s 14th Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, this enormous arena is evidence of the nation’s dedication to sports and its quest for glory on the international stage. The Narendra Modi Stadium serves as a symbol of India’s constant commitment to sportsmanship and advancement thanks. Let’s have a tour of this masterpiece!

Other Names of This Stadium

Narendra Modi Stadium is present in Sardar Valabhbhai Patel Sports Complex, in Ahmedabad, Gujrat, India. This stadium is also known by multiple names like Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera Stadium, and, Gujrat Stadium. 

Capacity

This stadium is known as the largest cricket stadium in the world as it has a seating capacity of 132,000. It can hold 10000 more spectators than Australia’s famous Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Narendra Modi Stadium Seating Capacity

Construction and Renovation

It was constructed by the Gujrat government in 1982 when a total of 50 acres of land was donated by the government on the banks of the Sabarmati River. This huge cricket ground was constructed in a time span of 9 months only. At that time, it had a seating capacity of only 54,000. Then, later in October 2015, the stadium was demolished and reconstructed to be the world’s largest cricket stadium, one of its type. This renovation was planned by the Gujrat Cricket Association President and Chief Minister of that time, Narendra Modi. It took many years and a budget of around 800 crore INR ($100 million), and was completed in February 2020. The renovated stadium building occupies around 63 acres of land.

Stadium Details
OwnerGujarat Cricket Association
End NamesAdani Pavilion End, Reliance End
Home TeamGujarat, Rajasthan Royals
Establishment1982, Renovated in 2020
Seating CapacityNow 1,32,000 (earlier 54,000)
Corporate Box76
Media Conference Hall Capacity100
Playing Area80 sq. yards
FloodlightsYes

Perks of This Stadium

Let’s discuss the specialties of this beautiful stadium! 

The stadium’s overall area is comparable to 32 soccer fields of Olympic dimensions put together. This massive structure has four dressing rooms, three practicing grounds with club facilities, seventy-six air-conditioned corporate boxes having a seating capacity of 25 spectators, an indoor cricket academy with a dormitory to place 40 athletes, and a swimming pool of Olympic standards.

With a purposefully spherical, open stadium that offers 360-degree views, every fan has unobstructed perspectives of the field and pitch, ensuring that they feel like a part of the action. It has 21 entry points to for easy in.

The Canopy

The roof canopy structure was designed in such a way that it stands pillar-less, providing a clear non-obstructed view to the cricket fans. It also has LED instead of regular flood lights, for a better lighting experience. The lotus-shaped design of the roof is a mark of architectural brilliance as well as a symbol of elegance. 

The Field and The Pitch

The field size of this stadium is 180×150 yards. It is the first stadium in the world that has 11 clay pitches on the main ground; six of them are made with red soil while the rest of the five are made of black soil. The main pitch, when made new, was a pretty fast pitch. But, with the passage of time, it lost its spice and became a slow pitch. Most test matches played here ended up with a tie.

Narendra Modi Stadium Field

Some Add-ons

External to the main ground, the stadium has many other facilities like a squash court, badminton court, tennis court, arena for table tennis, and a theatre with a 3D projector. 

Other than Cricket

Being the greatest of all time, this stadium has played an important role, not only in sports events but also in political and cultural events of the country. For instance: “Namaste Trump”; the event to welcome American President Donald Trump was organized here in this Stadium.

Namaste Trump

ICC ODI 2023 World Cup

Narendra Modi Stadium has also been selected as a prime stadium for important matches during the ICC world cup 2023. Pakistan vs India and England vs Australia matches are scheduled to be played in this stadium.

ICC ODI 2023 World Cup

Stands/Pavillions and their Capacity

Presidents Gallery818
Reliance Upper Pavilion1401
Reliance Lower Pavilion3479
Adani Lower Pavilion2361
Adani Upper Pavilion5755
Club Pavilion3519
West Pavilion10104
East Stand (Lower) 8891
East Stand (Upper)5336
North Stand (Lower)4402
North Stand (Upper)2322

Fun Facts about this Stadium

  • The first day-night test match between India and England was played on February 24, 2021.
  • In 1986–1987, Sunil Gavaskar scored his 10,000th Test run against Pakistan.
  • Kapil Dev, taking his 432nd wicket in Test cricket, who had previously taken nine wickets in an innings in the inaugural game played on this field, broke Sir Richard Hadlee’s record in 1994.
  • Sachin Tendulkar achieved his first Test Match double-century against New Zealand, in October 1999.
  • On November 16, 2009, against Sri Lanka, Sachin Tendulkar played his final game in the stadium after 20 years of international cricket. Sachin Tendulkar hit the milestone of 30,000 runs in international cricket during the same match.
  • Sachin Tendulkar, in a match against Australia, while competing in the 2011 Cricket World Cup, became the first cricketer to ever amass 18,000 runs in one-day cricket.
  •  AB de Villiers scored his first double-century against India during the second test of South Africa’s 2008 visit to India,
  • At the Narendra Modi Stadium, Team India’s victory over Australia in the 2011 ICC World Cup quarterfinals was a significant victory.

1st Match Played in this Stadium

The first cricket game played at the Narendra Modi Stadium was the third Test of the 1983–84 West Indies tour of India. 

The pink ball Test between England and India was the first international cricket game to take place at the renovated Narendra Modi Stadium.

Stats and Records

T20 MATCHES

  • Total matches: 10
  • Matches won batting first: 6
  • Matches won bowling first: 4
  • Average 1st Inns scores: 160
  • Average 2nd Inns scores: 137
  • Highest score chased: 166/3 by IND vs ENG
  • Lowest score defended: 107/7 by WIW vs INDW
  • Highest total recorded: 234/4 by IND vs NZ
  • Lowest total recorded: 66/10 by NZ vs IND

ODI MATCHES

  • Total matches: 28
  • Matches won batting first: 16
  • Matches won bowling first: 12
  • Average 1st Inns scores: 235
  • Average 2nd Inns scores: 203
  • Highest score chased: 325/5 by IND vs WI
  • Lowest score defended: 196/10 by WI vs IND
  • Highest total recorded: 365/2 by RSA vs IND
  • Lowest total recorded: 85/10 by ZIM vs WI

TEST MATCHES

  • Total matches: 15
  • Matches won batting first: 4
  • Matches won bowling first: 4
  • Average 1st Inns scores: 347
  • Average 2nd Inns scores: 353
  • Average 3rd Inns scores: 232
  • Average 4th Inns scores: 147
  • Highest total recorded: 760/7 by SL vs IND
  • Lowest total recorded: 76/10 by IND vs RSA

Most Catches in Test Match

PlayerSpanMatchesInningsCatches
Ajinkya Rahane (India)2021-2021245
Mohammad Kaif (India)2005-2005125
Aakash Chopra (India)2003-2003123
Virender Sehwag (India)2001-20127126
Mark Butcher (England)2001-2001124
Rahul Dravid (India)1996-20107127
VVS Laxman (India)1996-20107126
Sachin Tendulkar (India)1994-20129175
Mohammad Azharuddin (India)1987-1996369
Iqbal Qasim (Pakistan)1987-1987113

Most Hundreds

PlayerMatchesRunsHSAvgSR100
Jesse Ryder (New Zealand)110310310350.241
Ijaz Faqih (Pakistan)110510510538.61
Dilip Vengsarkar (IND)110910910936.941
Sourav Ganguly (India)441112568.554.52
Jacques Kallis (South Africa)1132132132481
Virender Sehwag (India)749217337.8484.972
Sachin Tendulkar (India)964221742.850.113
Rahul Dravid (India)777122259.349.13
Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka)1154154*49.041
AB de Villiers (South Africa)1217217*65.161

Which is the biggest cricket stadium in the world?

Narendra Modi Stadium is the biggest cricket stadium in the world. It can hold a crowd of 132,000 cricket fans. Thus, surpasses the Australia’s Melbourne Cricket Stadium with the seating capacity of 10,000.

What is the best performance in Narendra Modi Stadium?

Gujrat Titan’s (GT) 233 against the Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Qualifier 2 for the 2023 IPL, holds the record for the highest score in an inning at the Narendra Modi Stadium.

Is Narendra Modi Stadium a bowling or batting pitch?

Narendra Modi Stadium used to have a fast pitch but with time this pitch has changed to a slow pitch.

M. Waleed Zia is a Sports Expert with a keen eye on sports news and discussions. With years of experience, he has an all-rounder knowledge of Cricket.

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