The stadium is popularly known as Motera stadium. It is owned by Gujarat Cricket Association and comes under the sponsorship of the West Zone. It is equipped with floodlights for day-and-night games and is a regular venue for Test cricket and One Day Internationals (ODI) matches. It is presently undergoing redevelopment after being razed completely in late 2015.
History of Sardar Patel Stadium
The stadium is previously known as the Gujarat Stadium, the ground was renamed in tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The construction of the Sardar Patel Stadium was carried out in a period of nine months. Since then all International cricket games for the city are hosted here. Later in the 1984–85 Australia-India series, Sardar Patel Stadium hosted its first One Day International, one in which Australia beat the Indians. Kapil Dev claimed his 432nd Test wicket seven years later on this ground to become the highest wicket taker in the world.
Before Kapil Dev became the highest wicket taker, Kapil Dev made a nine-wicket haul in his career here at the Motera ground. The ground hosted a low-scoring Test match against South Africa in 1996. Sachin Tendulkar became the first-ever cricketer to score 18,000 runs in One day cricket in a match against Australia during 2011 Cricket World Cup. The stadium was one of the places for the 2006 edition of the ICC Champions Trophy, with five of the 15 games being played here. It has hosted one game in each of the two Cricket World Cups that were played in the country. As of 19th August, 2017 it has hosted 12 Tests, 23 ODIs and 1 T20I.
Development of Sardar Patel Stadium
The stadium was demolished to allow for a big scale renovation in October 2015. On 16th January foundation stone lying was held by Gujarat Cricket Association and work started on the ground. The preliminary designs also show 3 practice grounds located adjacent to the main site. It has been hinted that the name of the stadium may change upon its completion. In December 2016, the construction work of the stadium was handed over to the construction company Larsen and Toubro Limited.
Records Made in Sardar Patel Stadium
Several records are made in Sardar Patel Stadium and these are as follows:
Test match records:
One Day International match records:
Apart from cricket, Sardar Patel Stadium has played host to a number of programs arranged by the Government of Gujarat.