The Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad
|Owner||Gujarat Cricket Association|
|Operator||Gujarat Cricket Association|
|Tenants||Gujarat Cricket Team, Rajasthan Royals|
|Adani Pavilion End |
|First Test||12 Nov - 16 Nov 1983: India v West Indies|
|Last Test||16 Nov - 20 Nov 2009: India v Sri Lanka|
|First ODI||5 Oct 1984: India v Australia|
|Last ODI||27 Feb 2010: India v South Africa|
|As of 1 March 2010 |
Sardar Patel Stadium (Motera Stadium) formerly known as Gujarat Stadium is a cricket stadium located in the Motera locality of Ahmedabad, India. Built in 1982 on the banks of the Sabarmati River, the stadium hosted its first International Test match on November 12, 1983 between India and the West Indies. It has an official capacity of 54,000 spectators and is equipped with floodlights for day-and-night games. The pitch once favoured the bowlers, but has lately been host to competitive games. It is named after Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India's first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister.
Motera has witnessed some great feats of Indian cricket history:
- Sunil Gavaskar completed 10,000 runs in Test cricket in 1986-87 against Pakistan.
- 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.