Sawai Mansingh StadiumOne of the most iconic cricket stadiums present in India is the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur – built during the illustrious reign of Maharaja Sawai Mansingh II. Located near the Ranbagh Circle in Jaipur, with a seating capacity in excess of 30,000, the stadium has been one of the perennial seats of Indian cricket in the recent times.
Brief perspective of matches played in the stadium
The only Test match that the stadium has hosted so far, in the course of its chequered association with Indian cricket, was replete with many a historic moment. It was in February 1987 that the same pair of India and Pakistan, which had inaugurated international cricket on this ground four years ago, came together for a 5-day affair.
Sawai Mansingh Stadium is also among the few stadiums in India which have had the blessed fortune of hosting matches during the World Cups – once in 1987, hosting West Indies and England, and then in 1996, accommodating West Indies and Australia..
Records made on this groundAs a dessert for the readers, we present here a list of records and achievements which teams and individuals have garnered at this ground –
- The legendary duo of Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly – the most successful opening combination in the history of Indian cricket – opened the innings together for the first time, at this venue.
- The ground witnessed history in the making in the year 2005, when a fire-breathing Mahendra Singh Dhoni blew apart a Sri Lankan team with a mesmerizing knock of 183 unbeaten runs.
- India achieved its highest chase in One Day Internationals at this venue – beating Australia in October 2013, after having been set a mammoth 360 for victory.
Quick FactsDate of establishment – 1969
Seating capacity – Greater than 30,000
Stadium Operator – Rajasthan Cricket Association
Stadium Owner – Rajasthan State Sports Council
Stadium Tenants – Rajasthan Cricket Team (State), Rajasthan Royals (Indian Premier League), Indian Cricket Team (BCCI)
First One Day International played – India v Pakistan, October 2, 1983
First Test match played - India v Pakistan, February 21st, 1987
Most recent One Day International Played – India v Australia, October 16, 2013