Nathan Lyon expects a “bloody loud” fourth Test in Ahmedabad

After its renovation, the stadium hosted two Test matches, both against England in 2021 (the third and fourth Tests).


Nathan Lyon expects a “bloody loud” fourth Test in Ahmedabad

Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad

Some cricket players do wish for playing in front of an overjoyed 100,000 fans in a stadium. That wish will be fulfilled when Australia will take on India at the Narendra Modi Stadium, on the banks of the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad. And the reason behind that deafening crowd is that the Indian PM Narendra Modi along with Australian PM Anthony Albanese will be in attendance on Day 1.

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Around 85,000 of fans will be coming to honor the prime ministers, and are expected to leave the stadium after an hour of play after both the prime ministers. Due to this very reason, many Australian fans had difficulties buying tickets online. The iconic MCG– Melbourne Cricket Ground- used to be the biggest venue of cricket until the Ahmedabad Stadium’s renovation in 2021 which exceeded the seating capacity to 132,000 spectators.

Veteran Aussie spinner Nathan Lyon has expressed how excited he is to play in front of those crowds.”If those rumors come true, it’s going to be bloody loud,” Lyon told the Unplayable Podcast. “It’s exciting. The biggest crown I’ve ever played in front is 92,500 at the Ashes in 2013-14. We’ve got the chance to blow that. I don’t think there’ll be many other people who can say they would have played in front of a bigger crowd than that.”

Lyon also joked about those players who have to run on the “100 steps” to provide drinks to the players on the ground, plus Steve Smith‘s changing the gloves every 15 minutes. “Fingers crossed he (Smith) bats for a while while they have to do a few stair runs.

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Daniel Vettroi shed light on how noise in Ahmedabad is going to play huge role

Nathan Lyon expects a "bloody loud" fourth Test in Ahmedabad
Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad

Australia’s assistant coach Daniel Vettori is a bit concerned about the practical side of playing at that stadium. The Aussie team did not hear the sound of the first delivery at the Indore Test to Rohit Sharma due to the roaring crowd there.

And that is why Vettori shed light on how the noise at the Ahmedabad pitch is going to play a huge part during the game. “The talk has been excitement around actually playing a Test in front of that,” Vettory said as quoted by Cricket.com.au. “Then actually just the logistics of it on the field- how you deal with reviews, referrals, all that sort of stuff because the noise will play a huge part in that.”

After its renovation, the stadium hosted two Test matches, both against England in 2021 (the third and fourth Tests). The third Test got wrapped up inside just two days on that vicious turner.

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