Indian cricket team has their own “Theatre of Dreams” now.
The Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, formerly known as the Sardar Patel Stadium, was properly unveiled on Wednesday, February 28, before the India-England third Test match started.
Despite the series and a place in the World Test Championship at stake, the build-up to the third Test was dominated by the magnanimity of the Motera Stadium.
With a capacity of 110,000, upgraded from its previous capacity of 53,000, the stadium has now surpassed Melbourne Cricket Ground, Eden Gardens, and Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh Cricket Stadium to become the world’s largest cricket stadium.
Apart from the mammoth seating capacity, the Motera Stadium - built on the banks of the Sabarmati river on 100 acres of land – is one of the most attractive stadiums. Spreading over 63 acres, the field size is estimated at 180 yards x 150 yards. There are 11 clay pitches at the venue.
The build-up to the toss was filled with wide shots and top shots of the new stadium, and cricket viewers could not get enough of it. Here’s how Twitter showered praises:
Congratulations @GCAMotera - Big day today at the Motera for the worldwide premiere of what's a spectacle India shall be proud of in times to come. @JayShah @mpparimal @DhanrajNathwani #MoteraStadium pic.twitter.com/4JTus9ifJy— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) February 24, 2021
Can't imagine the atmosphere around d stadium when 1.10 lakh people cheer for india together..🇮🇳🔥💯— Rajnish Dwivedi (@_iamrajnish_) February 23, 2021
Just 1 day to go for this beauty to host it's 1st international match✌️#INDvENG #INDvsENG #motera #India #Cricket #MoteraStadium #PinkBallTest pic.twitter.com/jYDupPUNQD
Proud to be host to the biggest #Cricket stadium in the world. Feel privileged to have seen it progress over the past 4-5 years from nothing to this breathtaking view that you see! #MoteraStadium #MoteraTestMatch #MoteraCricketStadium #PinkBallTest #BCCI #INDvENG #RamNathKovind pic.twitter.com/5EJfNvJusc— Dhruvil Gajjar (@meggi_07) February 24, 2021
During my first tour to Australia, I was astounded by the beauty of Melbourne stadium. At that time, I used to dream of having a similar such stadium in my home country! Today I can proudly say we are home to the most beautiful stadium in th world.#MoteraCricketStadium @JayShah pic.twitter.com/0JhwZdim9b— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) February 23, 2021
Dear @ICC , Hmara Koh-i-Noor 💎 to nhn milna ab wapas lekin at least Home of Cricket ka tag to Motera Stadium ko milna bnta hi h 🤷🏻♂️!! #INDvENG #EngvsInd #PinkBallTest #MoteraCricketStadium #MoteraStadium #Cricket #modi_rojgaar_दो pic.twitter.com/aAOmyDiQmz— Sachin Budania (@SchinBudania18) February 23, 2021
Feature Image Courtesy: AFP/ Sam Panthaky