The Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, also known as the Khandheri Cricket Stadium, is a cricket stadium in Rajkot, India. It is the first solar-powered stadium in Gujarat.
In 2013, the first international match was played at this stadium. The host (India) played ODI against England. In the same year, he hosted his first T20I between India and Australia, which India won by six wickets. In 2016, this stadium hosted its first Test, India vs England. Although, the Test match ended in a tie.
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Saurashtra Cricket Stadium History
Initially, the stadium was used for Ranji Trophy matches, when the stands for spectators were still being built. With the stands completed, the ground can hold 28,000 people. The stadium is part of a larger sports complex that will include venues for other sports such as badminton, basketball, and volleyball. It will host Saurashtra Cricket Association matches along with Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground.
It is a state-of-the-art cricket stadium. The media box here is similar in design to the one at Lord’s Cricket Ground, London. To facilitate the movement of the spectators, there are several corridors between the seating columns and the numerous entrances/exits of the three stands. There is also a spacious corridor that runs around the stadium, between the stands and the outer wall, to facilitate movement.
Around 2004 a 30-acre piece of agricultural land was acquired alongside the Jamnagar highway. Construction started in 2006 and the total cost, including land, is said to be around 75 crores (about $14 million). The SCA moved its offices from the crowded seventh floor of a commercial building in the city to the stadium that has hosted first-class matches since late 2008.
The complex has two courts: the main one inside the stadium, with a 90-yard outfield, and a smaller one outside, with a 70-yard outfield. The latter is used for outdoor networking and also for matches at the district level. The dressing rooms are large and lined with large, plush, padded seats.
There are more than 60 hospitality boxes spread across the West Stand and Pavilion Stand, but the SCA has decided not to sell them permanently to companies and will only rent them for international matches. There are even plans to have an academy in the future.
The stadium was in the cricket news when its Saurashtra racing machines Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja achieved their last double or triple hundred.
It also hosted its first T20 cap on 10 October 2013 between India and Australia during the Tour of India through Australia from October to November 2013. The match first saw Aaron Finch make 89 and then Yuvraj Singh’s return to international cricket in which he scored an unbeaten 77 as India chased 201 runs.
In November 2015, the stadium was selected as one of six new test venues along with the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, JSCA International Stadium Complex, Holkar Stadium, Himachal Cricket Association Stadium Pradesh, and the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in India. The stadium was the home ground of the Gujarat Lions in the 2016 IPL. It hosted five matches in the season.
On November 9, 2016, the stadium hosted its first test match, which was played between England and India.
Saurashtra Cricket Stadium has a seating capacity of 28,000.
Saurashtra Cricket Stadium Seating Plan
- The highest individual score in a first-class match at the stadium is 312 not out, by Cheteshwar Pujara of Saurashtra, against Gujarat in the 2012-13 season of the Ranji Trophy.
- The best bowling figures in a first-class match at the stadium are 8/64, by Chetan Sakariya of Saurashtra against Bengal in the 2020-21 season of the Ranji Trophy.
- The highest team score in a first-class match at the stadium is 635/8 declared by Saurashtra against Gujarat in the 2012-13 season of the Ranji Trophy.
- The highest individual score in a One Day match is 176 by Ambati Rayudu in the 2019-20 Vijay Hazare Trophy.
- The best bowling figure in a One Day match is 6/30 by Jaydev Unadkat in the 2016-17 Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Saurashtra Cricket Stadium pitch report
Like the previous T20I, the third match of the series at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot also promises to be an absolute festival.
Set to host a T20I after seven months, the Rajkot ground has hosted a total of four shorter format international matches to date, with 180 runs being the average total posted by the teams in these matches batting first.
It goes without saying that the course is nothing less than a graveyard for bowlers and one must hope that their fate remains the same on Saturday.
In addition, the relatively smaller outfield dimensions, coupled with a lightning-fast outfield, will provide hitters with an ideal condition suitable for their stroke play.
With deadly bowling from both sides a cause for concern, expect the batsmen to decide the outcome of the series.