India vs England IND vs ENG 3rd Test: As the cricket carnival is back in Ahmedabad after six years, the largest cricket stadium in the world gears up to host the last two Tests between India and England, including the third pink-ball (D/N) Test, begins on February 24. Next, the five-match T20I series will also witness here. Many Indians, as well as foreigners, applauded the world-class facilities at the newly-developed Sardar Patel Cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Moreover, Virat Kohli-led Indian team as well as Root's England have arrived in Ahmedabad for the third Test match and the players have been awed by the magnificent refurbished Sardar Patel Stadium, the world's largest cricket ground which has a seating capacity of 1,10,000 spectators, the most in the world for any cricket stadium.
Notably, Ahmedabad's Motera Stadium is now set to host seven international matches on the trot. The stadium was closed in 2015 for reconstruction and the IND vs ENG 3rd Test match will be the first international to be played at the ground since 2014.
Former England star batsman Kevin Pietersen was one of the first cricketers who took to social media and praised the cricket facility in Ahmedabad. Pietersen posted a couple of pictures of the ground and wrote "My goodness! How spectacular does this stadium look for the next Test match in Ahmedabad?! 110K capacity. A Theatre Of Dreams!"
England speedster Stuart Broad was also mesmerized by the stadium and posted a 45-second video where he was getting onto the field from the dressing room and wrote ‘'1st look at Cricket’s largest stadium, 110,000 capacity pretty impressive'’.
My goodness!— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) February 19, 2021
How spectacular does this stadium look for the next Test match in Ahmedabad?!
A Theatre Of Dreams! 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/kLfqvdX3J6
1st look at Cricket’s 🏏 largest stadium 🏟 110,000 capacity pretty impressive 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/TvkPmti8y5— Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) February 19, 2021
In the Test series, India suffered a 227-run defeat in the series opener in Chennai after England skipper Joe Root smashed a brilliant double-century to continue his good form with the bat in the sub-continent.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli-led Team India bounced back strongly in the second Test as Ravichandran Ashwin stole the show with his all-around performance. Ashwin then picked up an 8-wicket haul and scored a steller century in India's second innings to set up a massive 317-run victory and help the hosts level the series at 1-1.
Team India has so far played two Pink-ball Tests, one against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens in 2019, and won it comfortably. However, they have had lost their second pink-ball Test against Australia as India bundled out for their lowest-ever Test score of 36 all-out at Adelaide in December last year.