Venue-check: India have not lost to England in Ahmedabad
The reconstructed stadium will host 3rd and 4th Tests of the upcoming four-match series versus England. The 3rd match will a day-night affair – India’s only third – and will begin on February 24 while the 4th will start on March 4.
In the last encounter in between the two teams in 2012, India had registered a nine-wicket win against an England group led by Alastair Cook. Batting initially, Cheteshwar Pujara had actually scored a brilliant 206 not out and Virender Sehwag had actually slammed an exceptional 117 that helped India declare their innings at 521/8 wickets.
In reply, England were bowled out for a mere 191 as left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha registered a five-wicket haul while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin chose 3 wickets.
Following on, England made 406 in their 2nd innings, riding on a 196-run knock from captain Prepare and 91 from Matt Prior. Ojha once again became the choice of the bowlers, scalping 4 wickets, while Umesh selected 3.
India ferreted out the 77-run target, losing Sehwag, while Pujara and Kohli remained unbeaten on 41 and 14 respectively.
Overall, India have played 12 Test matches versus all comers in Ahmedabad, and have actually registered four wins, lost 2 matches and drew six. The 2 losses came against the West Indies in 1983 and against South Africa in 2008.
The stadium, which was constructed in 1982, started hosting worldwide cricket a year later. A number of years ago the stadium’s renovation started and it was finished in 2015. It is now the largest cricket stadium in the world with a seating capability of 110,000.
The first Test of the upcoming series in between India and England will be played from February 5-9 while the 2nd match is from February 13-17. Both matches will be dipped into the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.