The third Test match between India and England is to take place at the newly built Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad. Infact, this Test would be the first International match that would happen at this stadium.
The stadium boasts as the world’s largest stadium and has a seating capacity of 1,10,000. Close to 50 per cent in-stadium fans would be allowed during the Test match between India and England.
The third Test between the two sides is a day-night Test match that would be played with the pink ball that would get under-the-way from February 24.
Indian players appreciated the Motera Stadium in a video shared by BCCI
“To be honest, surreal to be at the world’s largest stadium, we cannot wait to have fans around and see the atmosphere, all the boys loved it, it took us around one hour to get used to the size of the stadium. I feel very proud that we have this stadium in India. I have not seen a gym connected to the dressing room, this is the first time I am seeing a dressing room having a connected gym. It feels fantastic, I cannot thank the GCA enough,” Pandya said in a video posted on the BCCI’s official website.
Batsman Cheteshwar Pujara further added that the gym facility next to the dressing room is very useful for the players.
“It is an amazing feeling, it is a huge stadium and we all are looking forward to play our first pink-ball Test at Motera. The gym is next to the dressing room so it is useful to the guys, the gym is excellent and we did our gym session, we had a good time,” Pujara said.
“It is a massive ground, we have never played in such a huge stadium. The gym is fantastic, we have never seen an association have a gym facility like that, it was a pleasure training here,” opening batsman Mayank Agarwal added.
Even the young Indian opener Shubman Gill spoke of the state-of-the-art facilities at the Motera Stadium.
Kevin Pietersen and England Board expressed amazement at the stadium
Former England cricketer on Friday uttered astonishment on the swanky Motera Stadium. He wrote on his Twitter account, “My goodness! How spectacular does this stadium look for the next Test match in Ahmedabad?! 110K capacity. A Theatre Of Dreams!”
Visiting players Stuart Broad, Ben Stokes in awe of the stadium
Indian players- Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Rishabh Pant and Kuldeep Yadav laud Motera’s infrastructure
India and England will play their third and the fourth Test at the classy stadium in Ahmedabad. The stadium will also host 5-match T20I series between the two sides.