Looked up to with respect in the world of games, Cricket enjoys a jam packed stadium full of audiences in most parts of the world. If you think the crazy cricket fans are only in Asia, watch a match of the arc rivals England and Australia and witness the heat. The best part about this game is the fact that while it is played in 3 different formats, every format enjoys a set of loyal audience.
The game of cricket is broadcasted on various different channels on the television but the joy and thrill of watching the game live in the stadium is still unmatched. Dedicated to all the super cricket fans, we bring to you a list of some of the best stadiums to watch cricket all around the world. In this list you may see a mention of stadiums quite a few times, don’t be amazed, India owns almost half of the best and largest cricket stadiums in the world, quiet natural for a cricket crazy nation. Read On.
P.S. – The list is in no particular order. You are free to love and experience the one nearest to you .
The Melbourne Cricket Ground
With a capacity of seating around 96000 people, the Melbourne cricket ground is amongst the best cricket grounds across the globe. The Australians’ love for cricket and respect for the play and audience is clearly visible through its spacious seating arrangement and intelligent space allotment. It is the largest stadium in Australia. A host to many major events, it has also hosted the Olympic Games.
Lord’s ground in London
A respectable name in the world of cricket and loved by most cricketers, the Lord’s ground in London has witnessed many record making and breaking innings by some of the greatest cricketers in the history. With a capacity of only 28000 approximately, the ground has celebrated more than 201 birthdays and designed with intricate architectural details and carvings. It may not be as technically advanced as some of the stadiums built now, but it still remains on the bucket list of every cricket fan to at least once watch a match at Lord’s.
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Even after so many years, world is still in awe of the love of Indian fans for cricket. In a nation where cricket is almost a religion and where streets gets isolated on the day of final India matches, Mumbai boasts of a ground that is loved by both cricketers and fans alike. With a capacity of around 45000 viewers, the stadium was built in the year 1975 and holds a highly respectable position in the cricket fraternity across the world for its rich history of most unforgettable matches. This is the ground where after the final match India lifted its 2nd world cup in the year 2011.
Sydney cricket Ground
Fondly called as SCG, the ground holds an approximate capacity of accommodating 46000 visitors. The ground has seen some of the most interesting matches across all formats. It is also home to interesting football and rugby matches. Opened in the year 1988, it was initially used for rugby matches more. Thanks to the ever increasing obsession for the game of cricket in Australia, it is known for some of the best cricket innings now.
Eden Gardens in Kolkata
Regarded as the second largest cricket stadiums in the world, Eden gardens truly epitomize the Indian love for cricket. With a seating capacity of 90000 people, the stadium has witnessed some of the most passionate and aggressive crowd in its history since the inception in 1864. The deafening noise emerging from the stadium especially when it is India match, can be heard miles away. It is a dream of many cricketers to play a successful innings and win a match in this stadium to experience the passionate love of fans .
The Oval ground in London
The oval ground has been witnessing some historical matches since its inception in the year 1845. With a seating capacity of around 28000 people, it has the honor of hosting the first ever international football match in the year 1876 and also the first ever test match between arch rivals England and Australia.
HPCL stadium in Dharamsala India
Regarded as one of the most picturesque stadiums in the world, the ground is resting on the backdrop of breathtaking natural beauty. It is spacious enough for a crown of 25000 people and increases the thrill of the game by being situated at 5000ft above the sea level. The stadium is home to mainly national matches and only 2 international matches have been played here, but the setting and the spectacular environment of the stadium makes it deserving for the list.
Headingly in Leeds
A stadium with probably the least capacity in the world with around 17000 visitors, Headingly has witnessed some of the most historical matches in its history including Sir Don Bradman’s 2 triple centuries. While the stadium is slated to increase its capacity further, the stadium is included in the list for the sheer beauty of the memorable matches played here. This is the very stadium where Geoffrey Boycott scored his 100th century and the world of cricket has recorded some spectacular historical moments.
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad
Formerly known as the Visaka International cricket stadium, it has a capacity of seating 55000 crazy cricket fans and extends across 16 acres. Since the pitch favors both spin and pace, it has seen the best of batsman recording a gallant of innings and bowlers showing their dominance in the game with innings like that of Indian bowler Ashwin grabbing all the 12 wickets in a match here. The ground is famous for both test and one day matches.
The love of the cricket fans across the world has changed the benchmarks required to make a stadium great. It’s not only the vastness and the amenities, but also the history attached to a stadium that truly makes it a great one. The other lists might have some additions and even some reductions, but the above mentioned stadiums are definitely the ones who have made history.