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The newly reconstructed Sardar Patel Stadium the Motera stadium now renamed as Narendra modi stadium will unfold another glorious chapter in Indian cricket as the world's largest cricket arena gears up to host Team India's 3rd Test match against Joe Root-led England on Wednesday. First opened for the aficionados of the gentlemen's game in the early 1980s, the iconic Sardar Patel Stadium was closed for reconstruction in 2015. Six years later, the Motera is all set to host its first international match which is touted to be the series decider between the two ICC World Test Championship frontrunners.
The stadium boasts the newly installed LED floodlights which will help players spot the aerial balls in India's third pink-ball Test match in the international arena. Outclassing the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in terms of crowd capacity, Narendra modi stadium has a seating capacity of 1,10,000. The Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) has reportedly opted to sell 55,000 tickets for the upcoming two-Test matches which are a part of the ongoing four-match series.
The Narendra modi stadium is the only stadium in the world to have 11 centre pitches on the main ground. Gujarat Cricket Association's joint secretary Anil Patel had asserted that the Narendra modi stadium is also the only stadium in the world with four dressing rooms for the players. From Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya to former England skipper Kevin Pietersen, a host of cricketers and pundits are simply stunned by the sight of the world's biggest cricket stadium.
Fantastic to be at the new facility in Motera, great to see such world class facilities for cricket in Ahmedabad. Looking forward to taking the field here on 24th. @BCCI @JayShah pic.twitter.com/d15O7afdeB— Rishabh Pant (@RishabhPant17) February 19, 2021
Proud that it's in India'
Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya revealed that it took the players almost an hour to get used to the massive size of the new Narendra modi the world's largest cricket stadium. Pandya also asserted that a gym is attached to the dressing room at the Motera - something he has never seen before. "All the boys loved it, I think, for us, it took almost one hour to get used to the size of the ground, the kind of facilities it has provided us, I feel really, really proud that we have this in India," Pandya said.
'Theatre Of Dreams'
Kevin Pietersen summed up the new Motera as the Theatre Of Dreams. Originally, Manchester United's home ground Old Trafford is referred as the Theatre Of Dreams. However, the Englishman has opined that the game of cricketer has its own Theatre Of Dreams in the form of the new Sardar Patel Stadium. "My goodness! How spectacular does this stadium look for the next Test match in Ahmedabad?! 110K capacity," the former England skipper wrote.
'Some stadium this is'
Some stadium this is......and a bit of local music to help get through to the end