The Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad is the world’s largest cricket stadium, with a seating capacity of over 132,000. It surpassed Australia’s Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) which has a seating capacity of over 100, 024.
The Narendra Modi Stadium is the home ground of the Gujarat Titans, an Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, which played their first game in the 15th edition of the cash-rich league. Apart from Gujarat, Lucknow Supergiants were another new entrant last year, making it a ten-team tournament for the first time.
The Titans, led by Hardik Pandya, are the defending champions and will open their campaign on this season’s opener against four-time champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on March 31. Before the highly anticipated match, the iconic stadium will witness an opening ceremony which the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will host after a gap of four years.
Meanwhile, the Narendra Modi Stadium was previously known as Motera Stadium or Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium. After its construction in 1983, it was renovated in 2006 but was demolished in 2015 for reconstruction. From 2017 to 2020, it was rebuilt at a cost of Rs. 800. And in 2021, it was renamed after the current India prime minister Narendra Modi. He was also the president of the Gujarat Cricket Association from 2009 to 2014.
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Major IPL and international records at the Narendra Modi Stadium
Apart from cricket, the stadium had been a venue for political events as well. In 2020, the Namaste Trump event took place here, while recently in the fourth Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Indian PM Narendra Modi Modi and Australian PM Anthony Albanese celebrated 75 years of diplomatic and cricket relations.
Meanwhile, the stadium hosted its first Day-Night Test match on February 24, 2021, between India and England. It is here the legendary Sunil Gavaskar became the first Test player to reach 10,000 runs, in a match against Pakistan. The crowd witnessed the great Sachin Tendulkar’s maiden Test 200 here.
There are other notable records scored here. Apart from players’ achievements, the ground has hosted ODI Cricket World Cup matches whenever the event was held in India.
During the final match between Gujarat Titans and Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2022, a total of 101,566 spectators came to watch the match, and in the process, the stadium’s name got registered in the Guinness Book of World Records for the highest recorded match attendance.
It is here England’s white-ball skipper Jos Buttler, who represents the Rajasthan Royals scored 36 runs in the IPL final last year to end the season with 863 runs, the second-highest in IPL history after Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Virat Kohli (973 runs).
Rajasthan Royals scored the highest innings total here against Delhi Capitals in 2014, while the Royals also registered the lowest total here (102 versus Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2014). Ajinkya Rahane is the all-time leading run-scorer here (308), while Pravin Tambe stands atop with eight wickets (the most by an IPL bowler here). Mayank Agarwal scored the highest individual score of 99 runs in 2021 and Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s 4/14 is the best bowling figure.
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