The Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur is all set to host the home matches of Rajasthan Royals in the upcoming Indian Premier League; a franchise who wasn’t part of the tournament for the last couple of years due to the alleged involvement of their owners in the spot-fixing scandal in the 2015 edition.
The inaugural editions of the winner boast of a pretty strong side on paper this time around and unlike earlier times their team is loaded with superstars who can change the complexion of the match within a blink of an eye with both batting and bowling.
The stadium which was built during the reign of Sawai Man Singh has a sitting capacity of around 23,000 and, as of now, has hosted 19 ODI’s and a solitary Test way back in 1987. The stadium also hosted a couple of World Cup matches in 1987 and 1996 while the last match at the stadium was played way back in 2013 between India and Australia which dished out a pure batting paradise.
Batting first, Australia posted a gigantic 360 on the board, but India chased it down with utmost ease losing just a solitary wicket. The highest individual score at this stadium remains the unbeaten knock of 183 by Mahendra Singh Dhoni way back in 2007.
The year 2006 saw the stadium undergoing a huge renovation at a whopping cost of Rs 400 crores. A cricket academy with world class features was set up for Rs 7 crores which also appointed 28 rooms, a gym, a restaurant, two conference hall and a swimming pool. The new facilities in the stadium are media rooms, galleries, a couple of new blocks and new sitting capacity.
The Sawai Man Singh Stadium also served as the home ground for the Rajasthan Royals in the inaugural edition and even for the next 4-5 years. It was a fortress for them, and they hardly lost any matches at the stadium. However, they have been deprived of their advantage because of the inability of Rajasthan Cricket Association to acquire the state government clearances.
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