Situated on the northern outskirts of Ahmedabad, and named after the ‘Iron Man of India,’ the venue is one of the best in the country.
The ground holds a special significance for three of India’s greatest cricketers. It was here that Sunil Gavaskar surpassed Geoffrey Boycott’s tally of 8,114 to become the highest scorer in Test cricket (1983-84). Three years later, it was at this venue that the Little Master late-cut Pakistan’s Ijaz Fakih for two to become the first batsman to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket. In 1993-94, Kapil Dev Nikhanj passed Sir Richard Hadlee’s tally of 431 wickets, to become the greatest wicket-taker in Tests, at this venue. In 1999-00, Sachin Tendulkar scored his first double century in Tests at this ground.
The venue hosted a league encounter of the 1987 World Cup between India and Zimbabwe. The hosts won by seven wickets. Nine years later, the arena hosted the inaugural game of the 1996 World Cup, between England and New Zealand. A hundred by Nathan Astle set up an 11-run win for his team.
The arena staged its first day-night ODI in 2002-03. It hosted five matches in the 2006 edition of the ICC Champions Trophy. The venue is embellished with modern amenities for the players, spectators and media, like comfortable dressing-rooms and air-conditioned corporate and media boxes. The ground also boasts a spacious parking area.
The arena hosted some of Rajasthan Royals’ home games during the 2010 edition of the IPL.