Ind VS Eng 3rd Test: With India all set to play their first game at the newly-built Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, England and India players who have begun training here are also wowed by the world’s largest cricket stadium with a sitting capacity of 1,10,000.
Ahead of the day-night Test against England, India all-rounder Hardik Pandya said he feels proud to have such a facility in the country and said he is eager to have fans in the stadium for the pink-ball match. “To be honest, surreal to be at the world’s largest stadium, we cannot wait to have fans around and see the atmosphere, all the boys loved it, it took us around one hour to get used to the size of the stadium. I feel very proud that we have this stadium in India. I have not seen a gym connected to the dressing room, this is the first time I am seeing a dressing room having a connected gym. It feels fantastic, I cannot thank the GCA enough,” Pandya said in a video posted on the BCCI’s official website.
Batsman Cheteshwar Pujara further added that the gym facility next to the dressing room is very useful for the players.
“It is an amazing feeling, it is a huge stadium and we all are looking forward to play our first pink-ball Test at Motera. The gym is next to the dressing room so it is useful to the guys, the gym is excellent and we did our gym session, we had a good time,” Pujara said.
“It is a massive ground, we have never played in such a huge stadium. The gym is fantastic, we have never seen an association have a gym facility like that, it was a pleasure training here,” opening batsman Mayank Agarwal added.
Both the Indian and England teams arrived in Ahmedabad on Thursday for the four-match series which currently stands level at 1-1. The teams will lock horns beginning February 24. The fourth Test of the series will also be played at the Motera Stadium.
India achieved an emphatic 317-run win against England in the second Test of the series. As a result, the series stands levelled at 1-1 and Virat Kohli-led side has also reached the second spot in World Test Championship (WTC) standings.
Ravichandran Ashwin took an eight-wicket haul in the second Test, along with his 106-run knock in the second innings. He shared a crucial 96-run partnership with Kohli and this helped the hosts to post a healthy target in front of England.
India remains in contention to make the final of the ICC World Test Championship after completing an impressive victory over England in the second Test to draw level in the four-match series. The victory in Chennai on Tuesday has lifted India to the second position with 69.7 percentage points on the points table but they cannot afford to lose another match as they need to win 2-1 or 3-1 to qualify for the final of the maiden edition of the championship.
England, who led the table after winning the opening Test, has slipped to the fourth spot with 67.0 percentage points. They can still qualify, but for that, they must win both remaining matches of the series against India.