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With Cricket being thousands of miles ahead of any other sports in India, it should as no surprise that it is also miles ahead in infrastructure in comparison with other sports. You’ll find a Cricket stadium in every city just like a movie theatre. Here is a list of top14 biggest cricket stadium in India.

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List of Top 14 biggest cricket stadiums in India

S. No. Stadium Capacity City
1 Narendra Modi Stadium 1,32,000 Ahmedabad
2 Eden Gardens 68,000 Kolkata
3 Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium 65,400 Raipur
4 Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium 55,000 Hyderabad
5 Greenfield International Stadium 55,000 Thiruvananthapuram
6 Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium 50,000 Lucknow
7 M. A. Chidambaram Stadium 50,000 Chennai
8 JSCA International Cricket Stadium 50,000 Ranchi
9 Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium 45,000 Nagpur
10 Barabati Stadium 45,000 Cuttack
11 Arun Jaitley Stadium 45,000 New Delhi
12 Saifai International Cricket Stadium 43,000 Saifai
13 Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Cricket Stadium 40,000 Guwahati
14 M. Chinnaswamy Stadium 40,000 Bengaluru

 


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Top 10 biggest cricket stadiums in India

Biggest cricket stadium in India: Narendra Modi Stadium (Ahmedabad)

Ahmedabad's Sardar Patel stadium renamed to Narendra Modi stadium | Business Standard News

Sardar Patel Stadium, now Narendra Modi Stadium, is the prime cricket stadium of Gujarat located in Motera near Ahmedabad and owned by the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA).

The stadium was built in 1982 when the state government donated 50 acres of land to Gujarat Cricket Association. The stadium was built by Shashi Prabhu and Associates who completed construction in nine months.

Since then, it has been the home stadium of the Gujarat Cricket team and has hosted many international matches.

It was also one of the host stadiums for the 1996 & 2011 ICC Cricket World Cups and the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy. In fact, the record attendance of 51,000 was recorded of  India-Australia quarter-final of the 2011 World Cup.

Reconstruction and design

Motera Stadium Structure KreedOn

The stadium was demolished and GCA decided for the reconstruction of a new stadium. The BCCI and GCA did not settle for anything but the best for the project. Demolition was completed by December 2015 and GCA issued a tender notice on 1 January 2016 inviting bids.


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Biggest cricket stadium in India: Eden Garden (Kolkata)

Biggest Cricket Stadiums in India
Biggest Cricket Stadium in India | Credits KKR

The oldest, biggest, and without a doubt, the most famous stadium in India – Eden Garden. Kolkata’s renowned stadium was built way back in 1864 and has undergone redevelopment a number of times. After the 1987 renovation for the World Cup, Eden Garden had a capacity of 94,000 to 100,000. Attendance of more than 100,000 fans has been recorded on at least six separate occasions in this famous stadium. But after the 2011 renovation, the capacity came down to 68,000 – still the biggest in India and second biggest in the world.

Eden Garden is considered as one of the best stadiums in the world and the best in the Sub Continent. It has witnessed some of the most excellent Cricket matches in the history and India vs Australia’s test match in 2001 is without a doubt a best amongst them.

The stadium has also witnessed the final of the 1987 World Cup, the infamous Sri Lanka vs India semi-final and Rohit Sharma’s exceptional knock of 264 – in ODIs! In 2016, a bell was added to the stadium, and just like at the Lord’s, it is rung before the start of the play. The stadium has hosted most international matches in India.

Biggest cricket stadium in India: Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh Stadium (Raipur)

Biggest Cricket Stadiums in India
Biggest Cricket Stadium in India

Situated in the outskirts of Raipur or the upcoming city of Naya Raipur, this stadium is the 2nd biggest cricket stadium in India. It is considered as one of the most beautiful cricket stadiums in India, with state of the art facilities available for players and fans.

The stadium was inaugurated in 2008, but the first match was played in 2010, between Canadian national cricket team and the Chhattisgarh cricket team. Since then, the ground has been used as the second home of Delhi Capitals (Formerly Delhi Daredevils) in IPL. In 2014, the stadium also hosted eight matches of the now-defunct Champions League T20.


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Biggest cricket stadium in India: Rajiv Gandhi Stadium (Hyderabad)

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Biggest Cricket Stadium in India | Credits Deccan Chronicle

Home of the Hyderabad franchise in the IPL, Rajiv Gandhi Stadium is well known to the fans of the T20 league. But after its establishment in 2003, the stadium has hosted just several tests, and ODIs. several is mostly due to the small size of the ground and a flat track which makes it a batting paradise.

Nevertheless, the stadium witnessed a Sachin Tendulkar‘s master class when he scored 175 against Australia in 2010. Chasing Australia’s total of 350, India lost the game by just three runs. India vs Bangladesh was also played at the stadium in 2017, the first time the two neighbours played in India in the longest format.

Largest cricket stadium in India: Greenfield International Stadium (Trivandrum)

Biggest Cricket Stadiums in India
Biggest Cricket Stadium in India | Credits The Sports Hub

Greenfield Stadium in Trivandrum is unique in its own ways, being one of the very few stadiums built according to the norms of both ICC and FIFA. The stadium was built in 2015 and is India’s first-ever DBOT (design, build, operate and transfer) model outdoor stadium. It is also the first entirely eco-friendly stadium in the country.

So far, Greenfield has hosted just one T20 and ODI each. The India vs New Zealand T20 was a rain-curtailed affair as the game was reduced to 8-overs per side. India won the match by 6 runs after scoring 67 in the first inning. West Indies vs India was the first ODI game at the stadium in 2018, and it was one-sided, to say the least. India chased down the target of 105 in just 14.5 overs.


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Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium (Lucknow)

Credits The Hindu

Established in 2017, the stadium was named after the former Prime Minister of India. The stadium has hosted just one T20I so far, in 2018. Rohit Sharma became the first man to score four centuries in T20I with his knock of 111 against West Indies in Lucknow.

M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, (Chennai)

MA Chidambaram Stadium
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Located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, the Muthiah Annamalai Chidambaram Stadium, commonly known as the Chepauk Stadium, is a historic cricket venue established in 1916. It holds the distinction of being the second oldest cricket stadium in India, preceded only by Kolkata’s Eden Gardens. Formerly referred to as the Madras Cricket Club Ground, the stadium was renamed in honor of M. A. Chidambaram Chettiar, the former president of BCCI and Head of TNCA.

It serves as the home ground for both the Tamil Nadu cricket team and the Indian Premier League franchise, the Chennai Super Kings. Over the years, Chepauk has witnessed numerous milestones, including hosting its inaugural Test match in 1934, the first Ranji Trophy match in 1936, and India’s first-ever Test victory against England in 1952. Notably, the stadium also witnessed the second-ever Tied Test in cricket history during the India-Australia match held in 1986.


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Largest cricket stadium in India: JSCA International Cricket Stadium (Ranchi)

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Biggest Cricket Stadium in India | Credits Rediff

The home ground of India’s most successful captain, M. S. Dhoni, JSCA Cricket Stadium in Ranchi is also amongst some of the biggest stadiums in the world. It has hosted a test match, 5 ODIs, 2 T20s, and has also been CSK’s second home in IPL for some time now.

The stadium’s construction has been done in such a way that no shadow falls on any of the nine before 4:45 PM. Surrounded by hills on the east and west sides, it is also the only stadium with ‘Hills Stands’ in India. In the only test match played here, Cheteshwar Pujara played a scintillating knock of 202 against Australia.

VCA Stadium (Nagpur)

Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium
Image Source: Wikipedia

With 80-yards straight and 85-yard square boundaries, VCA is the largest cricket stadium in India in terms of the field area. The stadium has been appreciated for its facilities in the dressing room and press box. And with the large boundaries, it is a rare experience for bowlers to bowl with freedom at this stadium.

VCA has hosted 6 tests, 9 ODIs, and 11 T20Is so far. Virat Kohli has scored four centuries at this stadium, 2 in tests and 2 in ODIs. Tendulkar has also scored two tons in tests here and one in ODI. His ODI century came during India’s only defeat in the 2011 World Cup, against South Africa and was Master Blaster’s 99th international 100.

Barabati Stadium (Cuttack)

Credits YouTube

Established in 1958, Barabati Stadium is amongst some of the oldest stadiums in the country. The stadium’s first-ever ODI, hosted in 1982 was only the third ODI being played in India. The stadium has hosted 2 tests, 18 ODIs, and 2 T20Is.

Dipil Vengsarkar is the only player to score a test century at this stadium which came in 1987 against Sri Lanka, the first test in Cuttack. In the last ODI played here in 2017, fans witnessed a classic Mahi-Yuvi partnership against England. From 25-3, the duo took India to 381, with Yuvraj scoring 150 and Dhoni 134.


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FAQs

Which cricket stadium in India is the largest?

The largest cricket stadium in India is the Narendra Modi Stadium, formerly known as Sardar Patel Stadium, located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

How many spectators can the largest cricket stadium accommodate?

The Narendra Modi Stadium has a seating capacity of approximately 132,000 spectators, making it the largest cricket stadium not just in India but also in the world.

Which city houses the second-largest cricket stadium in India?

The second-largest cricket stadium in India is Eden Gardens, situated in Kolkata, West Bengal. It has a seating capacity of around 68,000 spectators.

Which cricket stadium in India has hosted the most international matches?

Eden Gardens in Kolkata has hosted the highest number of international matches in India, including memorable encounters like the 1987 World Cup final and Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell Test match.

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Chinmay Pagar
Chinmay Pagar
I might be a Mechanical Engineer on the paper, but I was a Sports enthusiast since childhood, screaming at the TV watching cricket at the age of 4. Not much excites me other than sports unless it's free pizza. I can watch literally anything remotely related to sports; Cricket, Football, Tennis, F1, Hockey, Athletics, Chess, you name it! And I love to write too, so at the time I'm not watching sports, I'm writing about it. Or eating pizzas, of course.

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