The Sports Hub Trivandrum deserves to host IPL and tests, says Ravi Shastri.


Trivandrum played host to its first international match and the whole nation cannot stop talking about it. The stadium and the crowd have been appreciated equally by all.

Ravi Shastri (Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team) had been staying at Leela, Kovalam with the rest of the team and expressed his love for the city, the state and the stadium. He pointed out that the venue deserved to host the Indian Premier League (IPL) and that venues like these have the potential to host more international matches.

He also took time to appreciate the crowd which came out in numbers to support the game and showered their love by cheering, applauding and keeping the spirit intact till the end. He did not miss out to acknowledge the ground staff who put made the game possible despite the rain.

“I have happy memories of playing in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in the 1980s. The entire Indian team was captivated by the enthusiasm of the fans, and everyone in the team had expressed their willingness to play even a five-over match just for the crowd. By the time we reached the stadium nearly 45,000 were seated,” he said.

By hosting the India-NZ T20I, the first international match held in Trivandrum, The Sports Hub Trivandrum became India’s 50th International stadium.

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