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Cricket News: India vs Australia: Ahmedabad Test set to beat MCG crowd record

The Indian stadium named after the current Prime Minister of the nation poses a challenge to the MCG's record. Ahmedabad Test could set a new record for the greatest attendanceto see a single day of Test cricket.

The 4th Test between India and Australia is scheduled to take place on 9th March, Thursday.And an estimated 100,000 spectators are expected to fill Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on the first day.

The final attendance figure will be intriguing as majority of the seats are reserved.It is anticipated that up to 85,000 of the 132,000-seat stadium's day-one tickets are reserved for neighbourhood families and students.

Early worries that Australian fans travelling abroad might not be allowed to witness the game's beginning have been allayed.After previously only being able to purchase tickets for days two to five, fans may now get tickets online.

As of the start of the 2013 14 Ashes match at the MCG, 91,112 spectators had attended a single Test match.The Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is expected to attend the final Test of the Border-Gavaskar series match.

Currently, India are leading the series by 2-1 and the Men in Blues need one more win to secure a place in the WTC final.

Preparations are well under way inside the stadium, with signs reading "75 years of friendship through cricket.

Together with Albanese on his first visit to India as prime minister, a number of important Australian business figures, including Qantas CEO Alan Joyce, Fortescue Metals CEO Andrew Forrest, and Commonwealth Bank CEO Matt Comyn, will be there.

Albanese is anticipated to spend around an hour at the Ahmedabad Colosseum before departing for additional commitments in Mumbai and Delhi.

On Tuesday, locals were seen trying out a gold automobile that will be used to transport Albanese and Modi on Thursday.

Tuesday saw the installation of the sight screen as well, with Albanese and Modi sharing a sign.

Todd Murphy, the Australiaoffspinner, was looking forward to the challenge of playing in front of such a large audience. Murphy was raised in the border towns of Echuca and Moama.

The stadium in the capital of the Indian state of Gujarat reopened in February 2020 following a nearly five-year reconstruction.

The former US president notably mispronounced the names of cricket greats Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli during a speech at the stadium's inaugural political event when he first arrived in India.

Before the India-England Test match in 2021, the stadium, formerly known as Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium, was renamed in Modi's honour.

Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, that match was played with a smaller audience.

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  • Released : 07-Mar-2023


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