Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad, India

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Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad, India

Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium is a stadium in Hyderabad with 55,000 spectators capacity. It is also known by its second name Hyderabad Cricket Stadium and provides the home ground to the Indian Premier League, franchise Sunrisers, and Hyderabad Cricket Association. It is named after Rajiv Gandhi who was the former Prime Minister of India.

Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium

Location

It is located in the eastern suburb of Uppal, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

History

HCA’s previous home ground was the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium which was under the supervision of the Telangana State Authority. HCA had limited operating autonomy over the ground. Many high-profile matches were not held on this ground due to its smaller size and that is why it came to be known as the high-scoring ground. HCA proposed such a stadium to the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh government in 2003 and it was headed by Andhra Babu Naidu. They immediately approved the proposal and also allocated a budget for it. The government also identified a subject and granted a large piece of land.

An open auction was held for the title of the stadium for further funding and Visaka Industries Limited won the auction with a bid of $65,00,00,000.

In 2004, it was named Visaka International Cricket Stadium due to its affiliation with Visaka Industries Limited. The construction was completed in 2005 and this ground hosted its first One Day International (ODI) match between India and South Africa.

History of Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad, India

Before the separation of Telangana, the former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, Yeduguri Sandint Rajasekhara Reddy changed its name from Visaka International Cricket Stadium to Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in memory of the former Prime Minister of India.

Pitch Detail

The Pitch of the venue is dry which is suitable for both bowling and batting. Its total area is 16 acres (65,000 meters squared). Its batting-friendly surface helped batters score more runs and sometimes encouraged the bowlers to take more wickets.

Pitch Detail Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad, India

Boundary Length

The boundary length of Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium is 66 meters off-side, 69 meters on-side, 64 meters High Court end side, and 71 meters Pavilion around the ground.

Architecture

The Rajiv Gandhi Cricket Stadium is designed by Sashi Prabhu who is an Indian Architecture and company Sashi Prabhu & Associates. In 2007, floodlights were installed on six towers to host day and night matches. The stadium has many state-of-the-art facilities including a commentator box, parking area, practice nets, press room with all communication installations, and much more. Its reception hall has memorials to the cricketers and executives who have contributed so much to the development of the stadium.

Matches Hosted

  • This stadium hosted five test matches
  • Three T20I are hosted at this stadium.
  • It hosted seven ODI matches.
  • In 2017, Bangladesh toured India and played its first-ever test match at this venue.
  • Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017, this stadium hosted the opening and the final match and in 2019, hosted the final match of IPL.

Franchise Cricket Records

Sunrisers Hyderabad is a cricket franchise owned by Kalanithi Maran and also won the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2016. It is the home ground of Sunrisers. This ground hosted the final of the IPL in 2019 and won the award of best ground and pitch.

Franchise Cricket Record Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium

Records

  • On April 30, 2017, David Warner, Sunrisers Hyderabad made the highest individual score of 126 against Kolkata Knight Riders.
  • Alzarri Joseph set best bowling figure 6/12 on April 6, 2019 Mumbai Indians v/s Sunrisers Hyderabad.
  • Sunrisers made the highest total score 231/2 on March 31, 2019, against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Test Matches Records

In the world of cricket, it is the 101st venue for test matches. Many cricketers have made records on this ground. On October 12, 2018, Umesh Yadav took his first ten wickets of his test career against West Indies. Moreover, Ravichandran Shawin, on August 23, 2012, recorded his first ten wickets of his test career against New Zealand on this ground.

Highest Score

PlayerRunsNationalityAgainstYear
Brendon McCullum225New ZealandIndia2010
Virat Kohli204IndiaBangladesh2017
Cheteshwar Pujara204IndiaAustralia2013
Murali Vijay167IndiaAustralia2013
Cheteshwar Pujara159IndiaNew Zealand2012
Mushfiqur Rahim127BangladeshIndia2017
Harbhajan Singh111*IndiaNew Zealand2010
Murali Vijay108IndiaBangladesh2017
Wriddhiman Saha 106*IndiaBangladesh2017
Roston Chase 106West IndiesIndia2018
Tim Mclntosh102New ZealandIndia2010

T20I Matches Records

On October 13, 2017, the stadium hosted its first T20I, against Australia but due to its wet outfield, it was canceled. After that, on December 6, 2019, it hosted a T20I against West Indies, and the third T20I was played at this ground on September 25, 202. K. L. Rahul completed his 1000 T20I at this venue. In one match 27 sixes were recorded on this ground and the highest score record was 416 for the loss of 9 wickets in one match.

T20I Matches Record Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium

Highest Score

PlayerRunsTeamInningsPeriod
Virat Kohli157India32019-2022
K. L. Rahul63India22019-2023
Suryakumar Yadav69India12022

ODI Matches Record

  • Sachin Tendulkar reached 17,000 ODI scores and also recorded his 45th ODI century at this stadium. He was also awarded his 60th ODI Man of the Match award.
  • In 2019, completed its 500th ODI win.
  • The highest score made at this stadium was 350/4 by Australia.
  • The 233 score made by Yuvraj Singh in three matches is the highest score at this venue.
  • 208 is the highest score made by Shubman Gill at this stadium.

Most Runs

PlayerRunsTeam InningsDuration
Yuvraj Singh233India32005-2009
Sachin Tendulkar220India32005-2009
Shubman Gill208India12023
MS Dhoni 202India52005-2019
Virat Kohli142India42011-2023
Suresh Raina138India32009-2014

Highest Individual Runs

PlayerRunsTeamAgainstYear
Shubman Gill208IndiaNew Zealand2023
Sachin Tendulkar175IndiaAustralia2009
Michael Bracewell140New ZealandIndia2023
Yuvraj Singh121IndiaAustralia2007
Mahela Jayawardene118Sri LankaIndia2014
Shaun Marsh112AustraliaIndia2009
Yuvraj Singh103IndiaSouth Africa2005

Upcoming Matches

This Stadium will host the ICC World Cup 2023, but it has not hosted any event of India before. A total of three ICC World Cup matches are held on this ground.

Upcoming Matches Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad, India

No.DateDayTeams
1.October 6, 2023FridayPakistan v/s Netherlands
2.October 9, 2023MondayNew Zealand v/s Netherlands
3.October 10, 2023TuesdayPakistan v/s Sri Lanka

Is Rajiv Gandhi Stadium a batting pitch?

Rajiv Gandhi Stadium’s pitch surface is dry and suitable for both batting and bowling.

How many matches are played in Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium?

This stadium hosted 71 IPL matches, 40 matches won by the chasing team and 31 won by the team who batted first.

How many international cricket matches are there in Hyderabad?

The stadium hosted three T20Is, five Test Matches and seven ODI’s.

What is the seating capacity of Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium?

The total seating capacity of this stadium is about 55,000 spectators.

Who is the best bowler in Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium?

Bhuvanesh Kumar took 41 wickets at Rajiv Cricket Stadium and also set a record for the highest wickets taker on this ground.

Is Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium small or big?

The area of the ground is 16 acres (65,000  meters squared).

Uswa, a cricket admirer, provides keen and perceptive information. In the same way, she writes after proper and deep research and gives clear details.

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