The Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, also known as Hyderabad Cricket Stadium, is a cricket stadium in Hyderabad named after former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. As the venue prepares to play its part in hosting the upcoming ODI World Cup 2023, we look at all the latest Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium records, breaking down the most runs scored, most wickets, and many more statistics.
Located in the eastern suburb of Uppal, the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium has a maximum capacity of 55,000 and extends across 15 acres of land. It serves as the home ground for the Hyderabad Cricket Association and the Indian Premier League team Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The stadium is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and a floodlight system that was installed during the launch of the inaugural IPL season back in 2008. Over the years hosted a lot of international games along with matches in the Indian Premier League.
- 1 Most recent match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium
- 2 Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium records
- 3 Understanding the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium
- 4 Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium and the 2023 ODI World Cup
- 5 Today toss prediction: Who will win the toss today?
- 6 India vs Netherlands prediction: Match win, Dream11 and toss
- 7 Joe Root hopes to step up for England in the World Cup 2023
- 8 Shakib Al Hasan fit to play against Afghanistan in Bangladesh’s World Cup opener
Most recent match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium
Before we look at the latest Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium records, let’s find out what happened the last time two sides clashed at this venue.
During the 65th game of IPL 2023 on May 18, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) hosted Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in what turned out to be Virat Kohli’s night. Heinrich Klaasen was sensational with the bat scoring a magnificent ton of 104 off 51 balls which took SRH to 186. But his knock was overshadowed by Kohli’s ground-breaking century of 100 (63) which brought SRH down to their knees.
Bowlers were tonked all around the park but Michael Bracewell turned out to be a highly economical bowler going at just 6.5 RPO with figures of 2/13. Apart from him, Mohammed Siraj was the only other bowler who was impressive with the ball finishing with outstanding figures of 1/17 in his allotted four overs.
KING KOHLI 👑— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 18, 2023
What a knock this has been! @imVkohli has wowed one and all with his masterful century in Hyderabad.
This is his 6th in #TATAIPL, the joint-most in the history of the league with Chris Gayle.#SRHvRCB pic.twitter.com/G49dbi8bLJ
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium records
Here is a run-down of some of the mouth-watering figures recorded here at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium spanning all formats:
Read on for a detailed look at some of the specific Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium records, based on T20, ODI, and Test performances.
ODI records at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium
The Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium has hosted some high-voltage limited-overs games in recent times, including the 2009 ODI match between India and Australia where India nearly chased down 350. With very few ODIs being played, here’s a snapshot of all the most important Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium records in ODIs:
|Matches won batting first||4|
|Matches won bowling first||3|
|Average 1st Inns scores||288|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||262|
|Highest total recorded||350/4 (50 Ov) by AUS vs IND|
|Lowest total recorded||174/10 (36.1 Ov) by ENG vs IND|
|Highest score chased||252/5 (48.5 Ov) by RSA vs IND|
|Lowest score defended||290/7 (50 Ov) by AUS vs IND|
With an average first innings score in excess of 280 runs, the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium has certainly enjoyed witnessing some high-scoring ODI games that must have kept the fans on the edge of their seats for the most part.
T20I records at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium
Only two T20I games have been played here at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium. The stadium hosted two games between India and West Indies and India and Australia. Apart from that, several IPL games have been hosted here at this ground. Here’s a rundown of all the most important T20I records:
|Matches won batting first||0|
|Matches won bowling first||2|
|Average 1st innings score||196|
|Average 2nd innings score||198|
|Highest total recorded||209/4 (18.4 Ov) by IND vs WI|
|Lowest total recorded||186/7 (20 Ov) by AUS vs IND|
|Highest score chased||209/4 (18.4 Ov) by IND vs WI|
|Lowest score defended||N/A|
From the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium records above, we can see that teams batting second have a 100% record of winning. Despite the small sample size, bowlers generally tend to have a hard time defending totals at this venue.
Test match records at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium
A few teams including India, Bangladesh, and West Indies have played test matches here at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium. Here’s a rundown of all the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium records from these matches:
|Matches won batting first||2|
|Matches won bowling first||2|
|Average 1st innings score||404|
|Average 2nd innings score||377|
|Average 3rd innings score||205|
|Average 4th innings score||131|
|Highest total recorded||687/6 (166 Ov) by IND vs BAN|
|Lowest total recorded||127/10 (46.1 Ov) by WI vs IND|
By looking at the above numbers, the pitch at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium equally favors the batters and the bowlers. The toss is not a key factor here as teams batting first have won the same number of games as opposed to teams bowling first.
Understanding the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium
With these Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium records in mind, let's try to dissect the pitch and the ground conditions in more detail.
Pitch and ground conditions
In the longer format, the deck at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium offers equal support to both the batsman and bowler. However, the pitch may seem to aid the batters more often as it is considered to be batsmen-friendly, with uniform bounce and relatively short boundaries. This means that batsmen can play their shots with confidence and score runs at a brisk pace.
With respect to the longer format of the game, the pitch is generally a flat track, which tends to slow down as the game progresses. This brings the spinners into the equation, who tend to be a lot more devastating than their quick counterparts, especially on Day four and five. The hot and dry weather assists in the formation of cracks which plays into the advantage of the slow wrist spinners.
Typical weather conditions
The climate in Hyderabad is semi-arid meaning that the temperatures remain hot throughout the day. Across all seasons, the weather in Hyderabad is usually very hot and sultry with temperatures soaring up to 40 C. This makes the pitch surface very dry and devoid of any moisture.
The strong heat waves also diminish the possibility of dew factor. During the month of September, the city receives the maximum amount of rain. Whereas the winter season in Hyderabad starts from the month of October to mid-February.
The Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium is known for its shorter boundary dimensions. Here’s a look at the average dimensions that are subject to change:
Straight boundaries: Approximately 70 meters
Square boundaries: Approximately 68 meters
Cover region: Varies, offering a substantial playing area for fielders and opportunities for strategic placements by batsmen
Fine leg: Approximately 55-58 meters
Third man: Varies, offering additional dimensions for fielding and bowling tactics
It is clear that the boundaries here at this venue are on the smaller side, meaning btters don’t find it tough to clear the ropes. Specifically, batsmen aim to target the fine leg boundary and accumulate a significant amount of runs from that region, which is reflected in the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium records.
The Hyderabad Cricket Association has informed the BCCI that they may find it difficult to host World Cup matches on consecutive days and has asked for a tweak in the schedule. The Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad will host the match between New Z…https://t.co/dqo8oHP0Rs— VOLO.NG (@volodotng) August 20, 2023
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium and the 2023 ODI World Cup
The Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium looks all set to host the upcoming 2023 World Cup matches starting from October 6. The venue will host three games from October 6 to October 10. Unfortunately, India will not be playing its World Cup matches at this venue. Netherlands, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and New Zealand will play their World Cup matches here.
However, as per the latest reports, HCA expressed their concerns about scheduling two back-to-back fixtures on October 9th and October 10th and requested BCCI to consider a possible rescheduling. The HCA stated that they would not be able to provide enough security cover for two consecutive games. With the World Cup being less than two months, BCCI opined that it will be difficult to make any changes now and insisted that the matches should be played as per schedule.