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Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Uppal Hyderabad

Introduction of Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium

An international Cricket Stadium is located in Hyderabad, India named Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium. The existence of this stadium came into being when Hyderabad Cricket Association had to arrange their Matches to the Stadium belonging to Telangana State.

Furthermore, the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium does not have the capacity to arrange international level Matches.

So, the Rajiv Gandhi Cricket Ground was established in 2004 after the approval of the CM of Andhra Pradesh. Moreover, the Stadium was named after the late Prime Minister of India. The locality of the Stadium is on the East side of Uppal, Hyderabad and is built on land of 15 acres. In addition, ground holds the capacity of 55,000 Spectators. Sunrisers Hyderabad team, Hyderabad Cricket team and Hyderabad Women’s cricket team use this Stadium as their home Ground.

Another name of this ground is Visaka International Cricket Stadium.

Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium

Stadium Facts

Stadium NameRajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium
Named afterRajiv Gandhi (late PM)
Established in 2004
LocationUppal, Telangana, Hyderabad India
Another nameVisaka International Cricket Stadium
Spectators Capacity55000
Home teamsHyderabad Women’s Cricket Team, Hyderabad Cricket team, Sunrisers Hyderabad
Operated by Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA)
End NamesPavillion End, North End
PitchGrass
Flood lightsPresent from 2007
TenantsDeccan Chargers, Indian Cricket team, Sunrisers Hyderabad
ArchitectShashi Prabhu
Stadium Details

Early History of Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium

The Establishment of this ground was the dire need for the Hyderabad Cricket Association as they do not have full authority on Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium. Therefore, it is approved by the CM of Andhra Pradesh and a budget is allocated for this project along with the Land for Stadium. So, in 2004 its construction was Started and in 2005 it was almost completely built.

Later in 2007, the floodlights were also installed in the Stadium.

Also, the 1st match played here was between IND vs SA in 2005. From then 5 ODIs here and lost in 3, but Indian team had successful Test Internationals here.

Pitch Report

The pitch of this stadium is grass surface. However, not many matches are played here, but generally its a flat surface which slows down with the flow of the game. So. It’s beneficial for the Pacers and the Spinners. But it also supports the batters because of its dry surface.

Boundary Length

Overall, boundary length around the Stadium is 66 m off-side, 69 m on-side, 64 m high court side, & 71 m Pavilion.

Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium

International Statistics of the Stadium

Test Internationals Stats

Total No. of Matches5
Matches won by bowling first2
Matches won by batting first2
Highest Total recorded687/6 in 166 Overs (IND vs BAN)
Lowest Total recorded127/10 in 46.1 Overs (IND vs WI)
Average first innings score404
Average second innings score377
Average third innings score205
Average fourth innings score131
Test Stats

ODI Stats

Total No. of Matches7
Matches won by bowling first3
Matches won by batting first4
Average first innings score288
Average second innings score262
Highest chased scores252/5 in 48.5 Overs (IND vs RSA)
Lowest defended scores290/7 in 50 Overs (IND vs AUS)
Highest Total recorded350/4 in 50 Overs (IND vs AUS)
Lowest Total recorded174/10 in 36.1 Overs (IND vs ENG)
ODI Stats

T20 Internationals Stats

Total No. of Matches2
Matches won by batting first0
Matches won by bowling first2
Average first innings score196
Average second innings score198
Highest Chased scores209/4 in 18.4 Overs (WI vs IND)
Highest total scores recorded209/4 in 18.4 Overs (WI vs IND)
T20I Stats

International details of the Stadium

On international level, the 1st Match which was arranged here between India VS New Zealand in 2010. Since then, the venue has hosted many International Matches and also many records belonged to this Stadium at International level. 

International Information of Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium

1st TestNov 12, 2010, NZ vs IND
Last TestOct 12, 2018, WI vs IND
1st ODINov 16, 2005, SA vs IND
Last ODIJan 18, 2023, NZ vs IND
1st T20IOct 13, 2017, AUS vs IND
Last T20ISep 25, 2022, AUS vs IND
International Details
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium

Records in Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium

  • The 500th score in ODI Cricket of India completed in this stadium in 2019.
  • Highest 208 individual scores of Shubman Gill completed in this venue.
  • The lowest 174 score of England made here.
  • The highest 350/4 scores of Australia completed here.
  • 233 scores of Yuvraj Singh in 3 Matches are the most runs scored in this Cricket Ground.
  • In addition, 17,000 ODI scores of Sachin Tendulkar’s 45th ODI century belonged to this stadium along with his 60th player of the match award in ODI Cricket.
  • In a T20I Match, 27 sixes were witnessed in this Stadium.
  • The 1000 runs of K.L. Rahul in T20I was completed in this venue.
  • 10 Wickets haul of Umesh Yadav in Test Match happened in this ground in 2018.
  • In addition, the same 10 Wickets spell by Ravichandran Ashwin in Test Match recorded here in 2012.

Domestic Details of the Stadium

At domestic level, Sunrisers Hyderabad is the tenant team of this Stadium. Sunrisers Hyderabad is the franchise of IPL, owned by Kalanithi Maran. Moreover, the captain of this team is Aiden Markram, Brian Lara is the Head Coach, and Simon Helmet as assistant Coach.

Also, the IPL season 2016 was won by Sunrisers Hyderabad. Deccan Chargers is also the home team of this Cricket Stadium. Furthermore, HCA was also awarded as the best Pitch and Ground in the IPL season 2019.

Scheduled Matches of the Stadium

Matches Scheduled in 2023

Further In 2023, many matches are scheduled in this venue starting with the warmup match between Pakistan and Australia in September. In addition, the venue is also covering 3 Matches of ICC ODI World Cup 2023. A match from the series of T20I between Australia vs India is scheduled at this ground. 

Australia VS Pakistan10th Match of warm-up game, CWC 2023
Netherlands VS Pakistan2nd Match, CWC 2023
New Zealand VS Netherland6th Match, CWC 2023
Sri Lanks VS Pakistan8th Match, CWC 2023
Australia VS India5th T20I of the series
Scheduled matches in 2023

Matches Scheduled in 2024

As of now, only 1 Test from the Series of Test tour of England in India is planned for this Stadium.

FAQs about Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium

1: What is the Total Capacity of Stadium for Spectators?

Ans: Total sitting capacity for the onlookers is 55,000.

2: Is the ground a batting pitch or a bowling pitch?

Ans: The pitch is grass, dry, rough and flat. It’s more beneficial for Pacers and spinners but also provides support to the Batsmen.

3: What is the total number of IPL Matches played in this Venue?

Ans: A total of 71 IPL Matches are played in Rajiv Gandhi Stadium.

4: What is the total number of international Matches in the Stadium?

Ans: A total of 5 Test internationals, 7 ODIs and 3 T20Is are hosted by this Stadium.

5: Is the Stadium big or Small?

Ans: The Stadium is vast and of 16 acres which is suitable for International Matches.

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