Remember when Yuvraj Singh turned into a gladiator and played one of the finest world cup innings in the quarter-final against Australia in 2011? The image of him on his knees at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, letting out a roar, and celebrating with Suresh Raina was one of the iconic moments of India’s march to the World Cup title.
Considered to be PM Narendra Modi’s brainchild, the stadium is expected to have a capacity of 1,10,000. Work has become on grazing down the existing stadium and it is expected to be complete in two years. The approximate cost for building the stadium is Rs Rs 700 crore.
Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) Vice President Parimal Nathwani, along with other office bearers today laid foundation stone for it on Monday.
“Upon completion, this new stadium at Motera will be the biggest cricket stadium in the world with seating capacity of 1.10 lakh, putting behind the Melbourne stadium (in Australia), which accommodates 90,000 spectators,” claimed Nathwani.
First the Ranji Trophy title and now this. Truly, “Acche din” have arrived for Gujarat cricket!