The sport of cricket originated in South-East England and has a history since the 16th century. International matches are being played since the year 1877. Cricket is the second most popular sport in terms of spectators after football. International Cricket Council (ICC) is the governing body for international cricket.
Most popular International Cricket Stadiums In India
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The first International cricket match in India was played in December of 1933 in the Gymkhana Ground in Bombay between India and England. It was a test match. The first ODI match was played in Ahmedabad at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium and the first T20 match at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai in 2097.
Top 10 Most popular International Cricket Stadiums In India
India has 52 international Cricket Stadiums with the best being The Eden Gardens in Kolkata. It is rumoured that a cricket ground with a higher seating capacity than the Melbourne Cricket Ground will be built near Chennai. India has the highest number of International Cricket Grounds with England at second position with just 23 international cricket stadiums. Here is a compilation of some of the most popular cricket stadiums in India in terms of matches held, seating capacity and much more.
- Eden Gardens, Kolkata
- Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
- Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
- M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
- M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
- D.Y. Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai
- Motera Stadium Ahmedabad (Sardar Patel Stadium)
- Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad
- New VCA, Nagpur
- Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
This stadium is known as India’s home of cricket and can accommodate almost 68,000 people at once. It is one of the iconic stadiums in the world for its controversies, intriguing matches and has the largest area of all Indian cricket stadiums. It was built in 1865 and could hold a whopping 90,000 people before its renovation. Eden Gardens is the home ground for Kolkata Knight Riders and the Bengal Cricket Team.
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
This stadium is famous for its list of high-profile cricket matches and is by far the most popular stadium in India. It was built in 1974 and has a capacity of 31,108 people. Wankhede Stadium has a special place in the heart of all Indians as this is a place where Dhoni lifted the 2011 Cricket World Cup trophy and brought all Indian fans to tears. This is also the place where the little master Sachin Tendulkar bade adieu to international cricket and where Ravi Shastri hit six sixes in a single over. It is the home to Mumbai Indians and Mumbai Cricket Team.
Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
This stadium was previously known as Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium and is the second oldest after Eden Gardens and is still functional Indian cricket stadium. It was built in 1883 and can hold as many as 55,000 spectators. Arun Jaitley Stadium is the home to Delhi Capitals and Delhi’s Cricket Team. It is a picturesque ground with the history of the record of Anil Kumble taking 10 wickets against Pakistan.
M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
It is addressed as the third oldest cricket stadium in India. This stadium was built in 1916 and has a seating capacity of 50,000 people. This ground underwent a major renovation in 2010 to host the World Cup in 2011. It is the home to Chennai Super Kings and the Tamil Nadu Cricket Team.
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
This stadium was the first cricket stadium to use solar panels for stadium requirement which deems it unique among the other stadiums. It is owned by the government of Karnataka. It was built in the year 1969 and is situated in the heart of Bangalore City. It can accommodate almost 40,000 spectators at once. M. Chinnaswamy Stadium is the home to Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Karnataka National Team.
D.Y. Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai
This stadium was a recent addition to the list of stadiums in India and is famous for its elegance. It was built at par with the best stadiums in the world. It was built in 2008, is home to The Pune Warriors, India and has a seating capacity of over 60,000 people at once.
Motera Stadium Ahmedabad (Sardar Patel Stadium)
Mother Stadium is situated in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, are the largest cricket stadium in the world and the second-largest stadium overall after North Korea’s Rungrado 1st of May Stadium. It has a seating capacity of a whopping 110,000 spectators and is owned by the Gujarat Cricket Association. It is a venue for Test, ODI and T20I cricket matches.
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium was built in the year 2004 and has a seating capacity of 55,000. It is the home to Deccan Chargers and the Hyderabad Cricket Team. This stadium has a very strange record of the home team never winning on this ground. India lost all three ODIs that were held here.
New VCA, Nagpur
VCA is an abbreviation for Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium and is the largest cricket stadium in India in terms of area and also the 7th biggest by capacity. It is one of the six-match stadiums in India and is located in Nagpur, Maharashtra.
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi
It is the fourth largest stadium in India and is home to The Kerala Cricket Team. It was originally built in 1982 to host football games but now it is used as an international and domestic cricket ground. It has a seating capacity of 60,000 people. It got renovated in 2010.
India’s heart beats in tune with cricket and the fans come together every time the Indian Team plays. Sports is one thing that binds various cultures together as differences are forgotten among people. India has some picturesque stadiums to make the thrill of the game more beautiful. Eden Gardens is by far the dreamiest stadiums of all with the Wankhede stadium not too far behind.