“This stadium is very memorable for Javagal Srinath. He took six wickets against South Africa. On the same ground, Kapil Dev broke Richard’s Hadlee tally of wickets. On this same ground, Sunil Gavaskar achieved the milestone of 10,000 runs. On this same ground, Sachin Tendulkar achieved 18,000 ODI runs and completed his 20 years in international cricket here,” said Shah during the inauguration ceremony of the Narendra Modi Stadium.
“I wish Pujara scores double century here and helps India win against England.”
When Pujara last played against England in Ahmedabad, he had gone on to score a double century, and Shah now wishes to see the right-handed batsman achieve the same feat again.
President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday inaugurated the newly-built stadium,which was renamed the Narendra Modi Stadium ahead of the pink-ball Test. Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju was also in attendance on the occasion.
On February 24, 2019, the then President of United States, Donald Trump had visited Motera Stadium for the ‘Namaste Trump’ event, and exactly one year later, the newly-built stadium will now be hosting its first international cricket match.
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BCCI office-bearers, including secretary Jay Shah, joint secretary Arun Dhumal and vice-president Rajeev Shukla were also present at the venue to receive President Kovind.
It is the biggest cricket stadium in the world as it has a total capacity of 1,32,000, and all the facilities have been taken care of. The stadium is oval in shape and as a result whenever a match is played on any of the 11 pitches, the boundary size would remain the same on both sides.
Shadow mapping was also done before the construction of this stadium and as a result no shadows would be seen during the twilight period.
Kovind, Shah and Rijiju also took part in the Bhumi Pujan of the Sardar Patel Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave.
The government of India has proposed Sardar Patel Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave. The project will be jointly executed by the Government of India, the Government of Gujarat and the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority.