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"Gilchrist's Record was in my mind but I never went for the double hundred"
This is what Mahendra Singh Dhoni had to say about his innings of 183 not out at this stadium on 31st October 2005 against Sri Lanka, which is named after the last ruling Maharaja of Jaipur - Sawai Mansingh II, who also was a notable polo player and later on served as the Ambassador of India to Spain.
Sawai Mansingh Stadium initially failed match the standards of International cricket stadiums and was on the verge of losing it's International status after hosting just one test match since it's debut in 1983 but Businessman turned right hand of present BCCI's chief Sharad Pawar, Mr. Lalit Modi turned its fortune and made sure The SMS Stadium reaches the required heights.
Now with a capacity of over 30,000 and floodlight facility to go with World Standard dressing rooms for players and all the required facilities for the spectators, Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur is more than ready to welcome many more people. And the start will be the hosting of 6 ICC champions trophy matches, including one India vs England match and then a semi-final as well.
The Location :- Jaipur is 260 kms from Delhi - the capital of India and is 240 kms from Agra. So just in case you can take your eyes off The Taj Mahal, have a drive to The pink city which is more known for its Gardens, Handicrafts, forts & monuments, and a little bit of cricket as well at the Sawai Mansingh Cricket stadium.
Weather :- Rajasthan, the state of India which includes Jaipur in itself, is a place where you don't want to be during the summer. But winter can be a very pleasing time to visit this place... which is approximately from October to March every year. Moreover, I am no weather man, so I better give you this link to Weather forecast and wash my hands off it.
The Pitch :- Well, the pitch at Sawai Mansingh stadium has not seen enough International matches to predict what to expect from them, other than being slow and a batting paradise. Last Three first class matches at this cricket stadium has been draws while when it comes to it's last One day match till date - Sri Lanka scored 298 while batting first and Indian team chased it down with 3.5 overs remaining.... So I hope you get an Idea.
Cricketing trivia :- Sawai Mansingh cricket stadium has seen Sunil Gawaskar get out off the first ball of a test match - one of only three times in that great man's career - Caught Javed Miadad bowled Imran Khan and has also seen the highest ODI score by a wicket keeper - Mahendra Singh Dhoni who made 183 not out against Sri Lanka to over take the record of his idol Adam Gilchrist's 172 against Zimbabwe.