We remember wonderful historic matches, iconic players who won hearts by their performances, great opening and closing ceremonies, controversies and the pure art of the game itself but seldom remember the venue of the matches. Take a moment to appreciate some of the best cricket stadiums in India that hold countless memories and some incredible moments in the history of cricket.
Following are some of the most fascinating stadiums with a captivating history behind them. Buckle up and get ready to witness amazing stories and moments attached to the stadiums of our country.
10Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Sawai Mansingh Stadium is a popular stadium in India. The stadium has got a unique nickname ‘SMS’ and is loved by people all over the world. The stadium is located in Jaipur, the pink city of India. It was established in 1969 and has a seating capacity of 21,185. Numerous ODIs and T20 series are frequently held in this stadium but it is not a popular venue for test matches. Moreover, the facility has a unique distinction of having welcomed Pakistan and Australia for the most number of times.
9Holkar Stadium, Indore
Holkar Stadium is Indore’s main cricket stadium. It was known by the name of Maharani Usharaje Trust Cricket Ground but later the name was replaced by Holkar in the year 2010. The T20I, Ranji Trophy, and ODI cricket formats are played on a large scale in the stadium. The one and only historic test match played between India & New Zealand were witnessed in this stadium. There is a small gallery that is set up inside the stadium as a tribute to all cricket legends.
8Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground, Rajkot
Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground, Rajkot is a well-known cricket stadium in India. This cricket Stadium in Rajkot that was in the year 1935. It has a seating capacity of 15,000 and was used as a polo ground when it was manufactured. Later it was altered into a cricket stadium permanently due to the immense growth of the sport. At the moment, the stadium houses the courts of basketball, tennis, volleyball, badminton, and squash.
7HPCA Cricket Stadium, Dharamshala
Located at a high altutude, HPCA Cricket Stadium in Dharamshala is captivated by the shady peaks of the snow clad Himalayas. Established in the year 2003, it has the fastest pitch in India. Such pitch makes it beneficial for the fast bowlers to make precise deliveries. The seating capacity is 23,000.
6M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore is also one of the most frequented cricket grounds in India. Formerly known by the name of Karnataka State Cricket Association, it has hosted umpteen cricket matches in all formats. With a seating capacity of 40,000, this stadium also serves as a hosting venue for musical concerts and other big scale events in the city. Also, M. Chinnaswamy Stadium is the first such cricket stadium in India that is well-equipped with the solar panels for electricity generation.
5Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi
Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi is another of the most popular cricket ground in India. The stadium is the second oldest, functional cricket ground in the country. Located in New Delhi, it was built in the year 1883. With a seating capacity of 41,820, this stadium is a go-to place for the cricket fans in Delhi who do not miss witnessing any matches held in the capital. Can be called a lucky charm for the Indian team, this ground holds the record where the Indian Cricket Team remains undefeated in the test and ODI formats from the last 28 years.
4M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
M.A Chidambaram Stadium is popular by the name of Chepauk Stadium. It bears the name of Muthiah Annamalai Chidambaram who was an industrialist and cricket administrator. The stadium was established during British India and is still in use for various cricket formats. It has a seating capacity of 38,00. The first ever test match on its pitch was played between India and England in 1934.
3Mohali Cricket Stadium
Mohali Cricket Stadium is a famous cricket ground in India. It is the home of Punjab’s cricket team and is owned by Punjab Cricket Association. Mohali is also a new Test Cricket venue and has gone on to host 13 test matches till date. It has a seating capacity of 26,000. Being unique in its aspect of floodlights, it has 16 floodlights installed that are low in height done in order to avoid any kind of in-air collision of the aircraft with high floodlights.
2Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Arguably one of the most popular cricket stadiums in India, Wankhede Stadium is the place where India lifted the 2011 World Cup. It is the place where ‘Master Blaster’ played for the last time and the one where B-Town heartthrob was not allowed to enter (you know his name). Moreover, Wankhede is also the home of the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI). It was established back in the year 1974 and has a seating capacity of 33,800.
1Eden Gardens, Kolkata
We can never miss talking about the famous Eden Gardens of Kolkata whenever it comes to the international cricket grounds of India. Established in the year 1864, it is an ancient cricket stadium in the world. Being India’s largest cricket stadium and world’s second largest cricket ground, the stadium has a seating capacity of 68,000. This stadium holds a memory of numerous victories and defeats of many international teams. Interestingly, India’s arch-rivals (you-know-who) have never won a match at this particular stadium.
India is a proud country with various brilliant cricket stadiums, each one holding a special significance. These stadiums make the match worth watching and serve as a memorable experience for the viewers and cricket maniacs.
While reading the blog, we believe that you must have felt nostalgic about any one of the cricket stadiums listed above. Let’s not forget to notice the stadium next time we watch a match played in India and praise the game, players, teams and the venue!