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Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium

Located on the outskirts of Hyderabad, the stadium will play host to an Int'l match for the first time.

india Updated: Nov 15, 2005 19:11 IST
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Cricket stadiums are coming up at quite a fair pace all over the country. Amongst the latest is the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad.

Located on the outskirts of the city, the stadium will play host to the international match for the first time when India take on South Africa here on November 16.

The stadium is still under construction and the workers are working almost round the clock to make it as presentable as possible by the time the match starts. But even the incomplete construction is enough to suggest that yet an other beautiful stadium is coming up! The lush green ground with a well-carpeted wicket adds to the grace of the stadium. But how that lovely-looking strip behaves is something hidden in the unknown as it is still a virgin as far as international cricket goes.

Gopal, the curator, here tries to decipher the riddle in a cautious manner. "Predicting how the wicket will behave is fraught with dangers. All I can tell you is that it's a very hard wicket that will provide bounce to the bowlers bending their back and help stroke players who love the ball come on to their bat quickly," he said.

"Heavy dew in the night would, however, give the wicket a fair amount of moisture early in the morning," he said.

The wicket, he said, may be hosting its first international match but a lot of domestic matches have been played on this; including an unofficial match between India and Pakistan. "And I have seen batsmen getting lots of centuries, even double centuries, and quick bowlers returning with good hauls. So I would like to believe it would be a good wicket that will offer something to batsmen as well as bowlers," he said.

Meanwhile, South Africa beat a Hyderabad Cricket Association XI by eight wickets in a warm-up game here on Monday.

First Published: Nov 15, 2005 17:16 IST