Cricket has deeply extended its roots in India with the richest cricket board in the world held by the country itself. While India offers many glimpses of the game in almost every corner, it also has some of the most legendary and biggest stadiums that often become the hub of spectators flying from all around the world to watch the game.
In this article, we look at the top stadiums in India.
Top 10 Cricket Stadiums
1. Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
Formerly known as the Motera Stadium, the ground went through a series of refurbishments and revamps before finally announcing itself as the biggest stadium in the world, surpassing the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The stadium is located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat holds a massive seating capacity of 111,000 spectators and has become a major hosting point for many big events. Narendra Modi Stadium’s longest boundary is the one towards the straight side between 80-85 meters.
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2. Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Known as one of the legendary stadiums in the world of cricket, the Eden Gardens has hosted some of the prime events of the cricketing history to date. Located in Kolkata West Bengal, the stadium traces its origin to 1864, which also makes it the oldest stadium in the country. Also known as the “Mecca of Indian cricket”, the stadium currently holds a seating capacity of nearly 68,000 and is considered one of the most ideal pitches for batting. Eden Gardens has all its boundaries extending up to 65 meters with the longest one being the straight boundary that is 69 meters.
3. Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
Formerly known as the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, this stadium is counted among the smaller stadiums of the country as well as the world. Opened in 1883, the stadium has been a decent spinning track along with providing some power-hitting entertainment due to its small boundaries.
Apart from this, the stadium has been home to various talents from Delhi who have been able to make their mark and attract the attention of various selectors. The Arun Jaitley Stadium, being a relatively shorter stadium as compared to its other counterparts, holds its longest boundary at not more than 68 meters.
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4. Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
One of the favourite stadiums of not just the Indian fans but also the world, the Wankhede stadium of Mumbai is synonymous with the name of legendary stadium. The stadium has hosted some of the biggest matches over the years including the 2011 ODI cricket World Cup final that was won by India. The unpredictability of the pitch in this stadium makes it one of the most entertaining pitches in the country. The stadium offers a great batting surface and lush green surroundings. The square boundaries of the stadiums lie between 64 to 68 metres while the straighter ones go between 70-72 meters.
5. M Chinnaswamy stadium, Bengaluru
Another stadium counted amongst the smaller yet most drama-centric stadiums in the world, the M, Chinnaswamy has often been a batting paradise for the players. With boundaries ranging between 55 and 60 meters. The stadium is generally flat and has good bounce of the pitch with not much help for the bowlers. The sitting capacity of the stadium is estimated to be between 30,000 and 34,000.
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6. M A Chidambaram, Chennai
M A Chidambaram Stadium, formerly known as the Madras Cricket Stadium is known for growing many seeds of cricketing talents over the years. The stadium, due to its geographical presence offers a dry pitch which ideally assists the spinners as the game goes on. The Chennai-based stadium offers a seating capacity of up to 50,000 people with straight boundaries extending up to 65 meters and square boundaries extending up to 68 meters.
7. HPCA Stadium, Dharamshala
If there was any stadium that could ideally be considered in the heavens, it would surely be the HPCA stadium of Dharamshala. The stadium offers magnificent and iconic views of the hills that surround it. Not one of the stadiums with a large capacity in cricketing terms (23,000), the stadium still offers spacious stands followed by the peace and serenity of playing. The stadium is also one of the places located at a very high altitude, nearly 1317 meters above sea level.
8. Mohali Cricket Stadium, Punjab
The Mohali Cricket Stadium is yet another historic stadium with a spell-binding ambience of playing and watching games. Constructed in 1992, the stadium offers a sitting capacity of 28000 with decent help to spinners with its cracks in the pitch. Overall, the ground is coated with lush green grass with a good outfield.
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9. Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Also known as the Hyderabad Cricket Stadium, the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium was established in 2003 and has now been hosting some of the biggest international games as well. The stadium has a healthy seating capacity where it can accommodate nearly 55,000 spectators easily. The stadium does not offer a very quick outfield, however, is known to be a decent track for spinners due to its dry nature.
10. DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai
Inaugurated in 2008, the DY Patil Stadium was initially used for hosting IPL matches, however, it quickly became a multipurpose sporting centre in recent years. It is also one of the largest cricket stadiums in the country with a sitting capacity of nearly 45,000. Offering a generally flat pitch, the DY Patil stadium has a good outfield and offers even bounce and good carry to the wicketkeeper.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. Which is the number one stadium in India?
The Narendra Modi Stadium, formerly known as the Motera Stadium is the biggest cricket stadium not just in India but world.
2. Which is the best cricket stadium in India?
The Wankhede Stadium is considered the best cricket stadium in India with ideal offerings for batsmen and bowlers.
3. Which is the oldest cricket stadium in India?
The Eden Gardens is the oldest cricket stadium in India and was inaugurated in 1864.