India all-rounder Hardik Pandya on Friday shared a selfie from newly-built Motera Cricket Stadium, world’s largest with a seating capacity of 1,10,000 and said that it felt “surreal” to be out there.
The stadium is set to host around 55,000 fans on each day of the remaining 2 Test matches of the 4-match Test series between India and England. The third Test, a Day-Night fixture, is set to kickstart from February 24.
BCCI president and former India captain Sourav Ganguly had said that the tickets for the match were “completely” sold. 50 per cent of the crowd capacity will be allowed in the stadium to reduce the chances of Covid-19 transmission.
“It feels surreal to be out here at the world’s largest cricket stadium, Motera. Absolutely magnificent,” Hardik captioned the picture.
It feels surreal to be out here at the world’s largest cricket stadium, Motera.
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) February 19, 2021
The star all-rounder did not feature in the first 2 Tests of the series and it remains to be seen if he gets the chance to field in the pink-ball Test. Hardik Pandya, who played his last Test in September 2018, has not bowled much in recent matches because of his back injury from which he is yet to recover fully.
Talking about the world’s largest stadium, it’s the only ground in the world with 11 centre pitches according to GCA joint secretary Anil Patel. The stadium which is spread in 63 acres, also has 6 indoor pitches with bowling machines. This is in addition to the outdoor practice pitches and two practice grounds with a small pavilion area
“This is the only stadium in the world with 11 centre pitches on the main ground. Also we are the only stadium in the world with the same soil being used for practice as well as centre strips,” GCA joint secretary Patel had said.
“Sand has been used underneath the grass. This along with a state-of-the-art drainage system will remove the rain water very quickly in comparison to other regular grounds.
“Even in case of 8 cm of rainfall during a match, the water would drain out very fast. This will reduce the chances of matches being cancelled due to rain” said Patel.
“This is the only stadium in the world with four dressing rooms for the players. Each dressing room has a state-of-the-art gymnasium among other amenities. The stadium also has a clubhouse with 50 deluxe rooms and five suites” Patel said during the media tour of the stadium.”
Notably, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCC) has a seating capacity of 1,00,000.