The Club

The name 'Rajasthan Royals' is inspired by the former princely states of Rajasthan and Gujarat. Our team is the only team that has the privilege of calling two stadiums, Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur as well as Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium in Ahmedabad, our home grounds

Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Jaipur, also known as the Pink City, houses one of our home grounds, which is the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. The city had been built as one of India’s first well-planned cities during the eighteenth century by Maharaja Sawai Mansingh. The very structure of Jaipur reflects the rich traditions and tastes of the Rajputs and the Royal families. At present, Jaipur is a major business centre with all requisites of a metropolitan city

Sawai Mansingh Stadium or SMS as it is popularly known in the cricketing circle had also been built by Maharaja Mansingh during his reign. The stadium has a seating capacity of 30,000 fans and is famously remembered for hosting the former Pakistan President General Zia-ul-Haq, who had crossed across the border to witness a solitary Test match between India and Pakistan during his ‘Cricket for Peace’ initiative

The stadium had recently undergone a renovation project which saw it transformed into a world-class sports facility. It now houses spacious dressing rooms, enhanced facilities for players and spectators, better practice pitches and a cricket academy adjacent to the ground, which now acts as a breeding ground for the next generation of cricketers from the city

Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad, another one of our home cities, houses our second home ground the Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium. The city, which is situated right next to the Sabarmati River, is one of the oldest and fastest growing cities of India. Despite its rapid growth, the city has managed to retain its old-world charm. With a rich, multi-religious history, the city is home to several historic monuments including the Stepwell at Adalaj and the Rani Mosques. It also houses the famous Sabarmati Ashram, a community centre which was established by Mahatma Gandhi

The Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, built in 1982 within a span of nine months on a 50-acre stretch of land donated by the government, is one of the larger grounds of India. The Gujarat Cricket Association owned stadium was formerly known simply as the Gujarat Stadium. However, it was rechristened as Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, as a tribute to India's first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. Also popularly known as Motera Ground, the stadium can house over 48,000 cricket fans

The stadium has witnessed many a records being broken and achieved on its pitches. The most remarkable of which was Sunil Gavaskar’s record of 10,000 runs scored as the first-ever cricketer in Test cricket on this ground. Another remarkable record that stands strong is Kapil Dev’s surge past Sir Richard Hadlee's record for the most number of wickets in Test matches, after an earlier nine-wicket haul in his career at the same ground. The stadium also had the privilege of hosting one game in each of the two World Cups played in the country, including the first match of the 1996 World Cup between England and New Zealand

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