Cricket Stadiums in India Every Fan Must Visit

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Cricket is a sport with a long and storied history. It is said to have originated in England in the 12th century and has been played there for centuries. This sport is popular in countries around the world including Australia, India, Pakistan, West Indies and South Africa. Cricket enjoys a jam pack stadium full of audiences in all parts of the country. This sport is broadcasted on different social media platforms but the joy and thrill of watching the game live in a stadium is unmatched. For all the super crazy cricket fans, we bring your list of some of the best stadiums to watch cricket in India.

Eden Garden

Eden gardens is the largest cricket stadium in India and the third largest in the world in terms of seating capacity. The stadium has widely been acknowledged to be one of the most iconic cricket stadiums around the world. It was established in 1864 and currently has a capacity of 66,000. It has been called “cricket’s answer to the Colosseum”. This place has a reputation of staging the most passionate and vocal crowd. It has played host to the most iconic India-Australia Test series in 2001 where VVS Laxman scored the remarkable 281 which remains the highest score at the ground. It also hosted major international matches including the World Cup, World Twenty20 and Asia Cup. In 1987, Eden Gardens became the second stadium to hold a World Cup final. In 2016, ICC World Twenty20 final was held in the stadium where the West Indies beat England in the closely fought encounter.

The Eden Gardens pitch is considered as one of the better batting surfaces. Spinners tend to come into action as the match wears on. The spinners enjoy bowling here during the IPL games as well. Regarding the stats and trivia, it holds the highest ODI score by any batsman that was made on this ground. Rohit Sharma smashed 264 against Sri Lanka in November, 2014. Eden gardens is the headquarter of the Cricket Association of Bengal. Apart from international matches, it also hosts the Bengal Cricket Team and the Kolkata Knight Riders Indian Premier League franchise.

Arun Jaitley Stadium

The Arun Jaitley stadium is owned and operated by the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) and is located in Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi. It is the second oldest functional international cricket stadium in India, after Eden Gardens of Kolkata. It was established in 1883 and was previously known as Feroz Shah Kotla stadium. This was named after the nearby Kotla fort. On 12 December 2019, the stadium was renamed in the memory of the former DDCA President and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, after his death on 24 August 2019. The first test match at this ground was played on 10 November 1948 when India took on the West Indies since 2008 the stadium has been the home of the Delhi capitals in the IPL.

In 1952, during the Test against Pakistan, Hemu Adhikari and Ghulam Ahmed were involved in a record tenth wicket stand of 109 runs. It is a record that still stands. In 1965, S Venkataraghavan demolished the New Zealand line up with figures of 8 for 72 and 4 for 80 in his debut series. In 1969-70, Bedi and Prasanna combined to spin India to a famous seven wicket win over Australia and the duo picking 18 wickets between themselves. In this stadium, England’s John Lever also had his memorable debut in 1976 and had matches match figures of 10 for 70. In 1983-84, Sunil Gavaskar scored his 29th century to equal Don Bradman’s long standing record for the highest number of hundreds in Test cricket. Later Sachin Tendulkar broke his record of the most centuries with his 35th Test century in the same ground.

Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium

Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium is also known as Naya Raipur International Cricket Stadium which is situated in the city of Naya Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India. This cricket stadium is India’s 50th international cricket venue the first international cricket match played here was an ODI between India and New Zealand in 2023 which was won by India. It has the state-of-the-art cricket stadium which hosts domestic and international cricket matches. It is the largest sports stadium in Central India. It is also the third largest cricket stadium in India and fourth largest cricket stadium in the world. The stadium has a seating capacity of 65000 people and was inaugurated in 2008. This place hosted its first ever match in 2010 when the Canada National Cricket team arrived in India. They played the practice match against Chhattisgarh State team. The stadium was declared as the second home of Delhi Daredevils in the IPL matches and since then it has hosted many team matches.

The construction work of the stadium began in the year 2006 and was completed by 2008. The approximate cost of construction is 145 crores and was built and owned by the government of Chhattisgarh. The media facilities as well as corporate box have been renovated and roof covers the rest of the ground to provide comfort during the heating season. It has a 22-yard strip which offers a good balance between the bat and the ball. 3 IPL matches, one CLT20 and 2020-21 Road Safety World Series games have been played at this venue. BCCI has adjudged the pitch and the ground of the cricket stadium as the Best Pitch and Best Ground of Central Zone in the year 2017-18.

Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium

Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket stadium is located at Uppal, Hyderabad and has a seating capacity of 55000. This stadium stretches over 16 acres of land and is known for its state-of-the-art facility. The ground is owned and operated by the Hyderabad Cricket Association and is the home ground for the Hyderabad Cricket team and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL. This place hosted the opener and final of 2017 Indian Premier league and also the final of 2019 Indian Premier League.

Earlier, Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium was the lone ground in the Fateh Maidan Sports Complex in Central Hyderabad, which was owned by the sport authority of Andhra Pradesh. This gave the Hyderabad Cricket Association limited control over the venue. Due to its smaller size, the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium was considered as a high scoring ground and it didn’t get enough chances to host International matches. Later, the HCA proposed to build a new stadium in the city and then Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu approved of it immediately. Most of the funding for the project came after an open auction of the stadium’s title was held. Visaka Industries Limited won the auction with a bid price of ₹65,00,00,000. A sum of ₹43,00,00,000 was paid in advance and the stadium was named Visakha International Cricket Stadium in 2004. Later in 2005, when it was ready to host its first ODI match between India and South Africa, the former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy decided to change the stadium’s name to Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in the memory of former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi. HCA had to pay a huge sum to Visakha Industries in accordance with the contract clauses covering any subsequent renaming of the stadium.

Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium

Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is a multi-sports stadium located in New Delhi, India. The stadium was named after our first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Initially, it was a venue for football and athletics. It has a seating capacity of 60,254, designed and constructed to meet the international standards for stadiums set by the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF). It is the fourth largest stadium in India and the 27th largest stadiums in Asia. It stands as the 103rd largest stadium in the world in terms of seating capacity. The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium was constructed by the Government of India to host their athletic events during the Asian Games in 1982. It also hosted the 1989 Asian Championship in Athletics.

The stadium is a part of the Jawaharlal Nehru Sports complex in Central Delhi. It also houses the headquarters of the Sports Authority of India. The stadium is used by the Indian National Football team for international competition and Indian Athletics. It was the home ground for the former Indian super league football club Delhi Dynamos. The stadium hosted some matches of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup. The stadium has hosted two One Day International matches featuring India against Australia in 1984.

Wankhede Stadium

Wankhede stadium is an international cricket stadium in Mumbai, India. It is the home ground from Mumbai Cricket team and the IPL franchise of Mumbai Indians. This stadium presently has a capacity of 33,108 after the renovations for the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Earlier, it had a capacity of 45000. BCCI, IPL and Mumbai Cricket Association’s headquarter, Cricket Centre is situated in the premises of the stadium. This Stadium has hosted numerous high profile cricket matches in the past. The most notable was the 2011 Cricket World Cup final in which India defeated Sri Lanka and became the first country to win the Cricket World Cup on home soil. This Stadium has also hosted the last match of Sachin Tendulkar’s international career. Wankhede stadium hosted many matches during the 1996 and 2011 cricket world cup stadium.

The stadium staged its first Test in 1974-75 season when the West Indies toured India. The Test also featured a crowd disturbance after a fan rushed on to the ground to meet Clive Lloyd and was treated roughly by the police. The stadium witnessed the great innings like Sunil Gavaskar’s 205 against the West Indies and Alvin Kallicharan’s 187 in the same game in the 1978-79 series. The highest score by an Indian at Wankhede stadium is Virat kohli’s 235 against England in 2016-17.

M. Chinnaswamy Stadium

It is also known as the Karnataka State Cricket Association stadium. It is located in the Cubbon Park, Queen’s Road, Cubbon and uptown MG Road. This is a five-decade-old stadium and is situated in the heart of the city of Bangalore with the seating capacity of about 40,000. The stadium hosts regular Test Cricket, One Day Internationals, 20-20 internationals and other first class cricket matches. It also has numerous musical and cultural events. It is the first cricket stadium in the world to use solar panels to generate a bulk of electricity to run the stadium. This has been procured as the go green initiative of KSCA. This stadium is the ground for the Karnataka State Cricket team and the Indian Premier League Franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore. This is owned by the Government of Karnataka and has been leased out to the Karnataka State Cricket Association for a period of 100 years. This Stadium was earlier known as Karnataka State Cricket Association stadium. The name was later changed to Mangalam Chinnaswamy, a lawyer from Mandya and the founding member of the Mysore State Cricket Association. He also served as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) from 1977 to 1980.

The first test played in the stadium was on 229 November 1974 this was the debut test match for the West Indian batting giant wave Richards and Gordon drainage India registered their first test when on the ground against the touring English team lead by Tony great and 1976 77 during the 1996 Wills World Cup flood fights were first installer the stadium the first match played under lights was the quarter final class between archrivals Indian Pakistan on 9 March 19 96 in which India defeated Pakistan by 39 runs after the BCCI choose Bangalore as the center for the National Cricket academy in 2000 many butting cricketers have passed out of the academy on this ground to increase the seating capacity to 70,000 as well as considered constructing a new cricket stadium with this seating capacity of 70,000 to 80,000. Nothing has been materialized till now. The stadium was given a face lift for the first season of the IPL. It was painted red and yellow according to the colors of the team of Royal Challengers and the color of Karnataka flag.

Narendra Modi Stadium

Narendra Modi Stadium, formerly known as Motera Stadium or the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium, is located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. It is a major cricket stadium of the Gujarat Cricket Association and is Avenue for Test, T20I, ODI and Indian Premier League cricket matches. It was constructed in 1983 and first renovated in 2006. It can accommodate 132000 people and was built in 9 months by Shashi Prabhu and Associates. The stadium is the largest cricket stadium in the world and terms of size and also in terms of seating capacity. Apart from cricket, the stadium host several programs arranged by the government of Gujarat. It hosted matches during the 1987, 1996 and 2011 cricket World Cup. In 2022, the stadium hosted 14 Test, 6 T20 International matches, 27 ODI and 2 IPL matches. On 24 February 2021, the stadium was renamed as Narendra Modi Stadium after the current Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.

Sunil Gavaskar was the first cricketer to score 10,000 runs in Test Cricket against Pakistan in the stadium. In 1987, Kapil Dev took a 9-wicket haul against the West Indies in 1983 and claimed his 432nd Test wicket at the stadium and became the highest wicket taker in the World in 1995. During 2006-2015, the stadium was at the rise to prominence. The stadium became a focal venue of ICC champions trophy in 2006 and hosted 5 of the 15 games played. It also renovated to add 3 new pitches and a new outfield. The Stadium hosted games whenever India hosted the cricket World Cup including the first match of the 1996 World Cup between England and New Zealand. Sachin Tendulkar became the first cricketer to score 18,000 runs and One Day Internationals.

JSCA International Cricket Stadium Complex

JSCA International Stadium Complex was formerly known as Jharkhand State Cricket Association International Cricket stadium. It is the home ground of the Jharkhand Cricket team. It has organized two matches of the IPL so far and was inaugurated and January 2013. The first ODI match was also played here in 19th January, 2013 between India and England. The stadium is built within the premises of HEC (Heavy Engineering Corporation), a public sector company and is the home ground of Indian Cricket Team’s former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The stadium has been constructed in a way that no shadow falls on any of the nine pitches before 4:45 p.m. in any day of the year. There is another ground in the complex which has five pitches. It has membrane roof to provide shade from the sun. The two pavilions, North and South are fully air conditioned with 5 levels each, that include VIP area, members enclosure, donor’s enclosure, President’s box, the BCCI box and two large dressing rooms with separate dining spaces for players. The stadium has the seating capacity around 50,000 and 76 corporate boxes. One can also enjoy view from two nearby hills on the East and West sides called the East and West hills. This is the only state in the country having hills on both the sides. The stadium was selected as one of the six new Test venue in November 2015, along with Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Holkar Stadium, Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium and Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in India.

Holkar Stadium

Holkar Stadium was formerly known as Maharani Usharaje Trust Cricket Ground and is located in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. The stadium was renamed as Holkar Stadium in memory of the Holkar dynasty which ruled in Indore in 2010. It is one of the smallest international cricket grounds in the world. All the International matches in Indore were played in another Stadium called Nehru Stadium until 2001. India has a dominant record of having lost only one international game across all formats hosted here. It has a seating capacity of around 30,000 spectators and is equipped with flood lights for night matches. The ground stages the majority of Madhya Pradesh cricket team’s home matches in the Ranji trophy. On 8th October 2016, it hosted the first ever test match when India played against New Zealand. Virendra Sehwag recorded the third highest score of 219 in this ground.

In conclusion, these are the most famous cricket stadiums in India. Each one has its unique history and atmosphere. Every stadium has a story behind it and a lot of memories of your favorite cricket players. Cricket is a beloved sport in many countries and these stadiums are the testament of that. If you ever get a chance to visit one of these stadiums, be sure to take it.

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