Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Home of the Deccan Chargers, the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad is one of the youngest and most handsome stadia in India. Established in 2004, it was called Visaka International Stadium before getting its present name. The stadium has since then replaced Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium as the home ground of the Hyderabad Cricket Association.
Boasting state-of-the-art facilities, the venue, situated in Hyderabad’s eastern suburb of Uppal, has hosted three ODIs and a solitary Test since its inception. Built on 16 acres of land, the stadium accommodates an audience of 40,000. The ground gained a place in cricketing history when Sachin Tendulkar scored a majestic 175 here in a thrilling ODI against Australia in 2009, albeit in a losing cause. India have lost all the three ODIs played at this ground besides drawing the Test against New Zealand. In fact, the Uppal Stadium is yet to see the home team emerge victorious, be it India or the Deccan Chargers, who have lost all their IPL matches played here – a statistic the Deccan side will be keen on correcting in IPL 2011.
Though the Australian batsmen notched up a mammoth 350 here in the 2009 ODI and India fell four short of chasing it down, the pitch here is kinder to the bowlers than most other strips in India.