‘Heard so much about it’ – Rohit Sharma can’t wait to play in newly-built Motera Stadium
Ace all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who missed the entire tour of New Zealand because of a back injury, also spoke highly about the stadium in Gujarat,
Updated - Feb 20, 2020 4:51 pm
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently tweeted a picture of the new Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad which is set for inauguration by a high-profile guest in US President Donald Trump on Monday. Meanwhile, many from the cricketing fraternity have expressed admiration for the venue which when opened, will be the world’s biggest cricket stadium with a seating capacity of 1.1 lakh. Till now, the Melbourne Cricket Ground has been the largest with a seating capacity of around a lakh.
After former England captain Michael Vaughan found similarities between the new stadium with Headingley in his own country, ace India opener Rohit Sharma praised the stadium as “amazing” on Twitter and said he could not wait to play cricket there. Motera was demolished in 2015 for the revamped look and it has hosted 23 ODIs, making it venue with the second most number of 50-over games after the iconic Eden Gardens.
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) February 19, 2020
Rohit is currently undergoing treatment after a calf strain during the final T20I against New Zealand recently ruled him out of the ODIs and Tests.
Hardik Pandya calls new stadium ‘unreal’
Ace all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who missed the entire tour of New Zealand because of a back injury, also spoke highly about the stadium in Gujarat, calling it “Unreal”.
Unreal 🇮🇳 https://t.co/eNBLl8SP7H
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) February 19, 2020
Hardik was supposed to play for India ‘A’ in New Zealand but his failure in getting back to shape ruled him out of the senior team as well. India head coach Ravi Shastri also praised the new structure, calling it “spectacular”. He said once matches start happening there, Indian supporters would cherish each moment.
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) February 19, 2020
Motera had earlier had a seating capacity of 49,000 and Eden Gardens was the largest in India with nearly accommodation of nearly a lakh. Later, renovation saw the seating capacity at Eden being reduced to 60,000-plus. The Indian board had earlier posted a bird’s-eye view of the giant stadium and captioned it “The Sun is out”.
Trump will reach Ahmedabad along with First Lady Melania on Monday to inaugurate the stadium. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will accompany them. They will be in India for two days.