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International cricket stadiums in India

Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by SagarJivram, Dec 16, 2016.

  1. SagarJivram

    SagarJivram New Member

    I am going to be arriving in India for a holiday. I know that India is a big fan of cricket and there are many stadiums there where matches are played. I would like to visit some of the international cricket stadiums in India, which is something on my things to do list.

    I would like to get a list of the international cricket stadiums in India.
     
  2. briannagodess

    briannagodess Well-Known Member

    Hello, welcome to the forum!

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    Overview

    The most popular sport in India is none other than cricket. It was actually the British who popularised the game back then during their colonial rule in the country. Since then, cricket has grown in popularity, particularly after Kapil Dev won the World Cup in 1983. Unlike other countries like England or Australia though, cricket is not the national sport of India (The national sport of India is field hockey). Yet, whenever there is a match on television, featuring popular teams like the Indian Premier League or Team India, most Indians stop on their tracks, or delay whatever they're doing, to enjoy the show and cheer for their team. That's the phenomenon of cricket in India, oddly and truly fascinating.

    International Cricket Stadiums in India

    Below is a comprehensive list of all the international cricket stadiums in India. By international, it means that the stadium has hosted at least one international cricket game, whether it's a Test Match or One-Day International (ODI) Match. Twenty 20 (T20) Matches were not listed since they are a fairly newer type of cricket match, just started in 2003, though some of these stadiums were also venues for them. Also included in the list are the date of establishment, location and capacity of the mentioned stadiums.

    List of International Cricket Stadiums in India

    Stadium NameDate EstablishedLocationCapacityODI Matches HeldTest Matches Held
    ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium2003Visakhapatnam38,00061
    Barabati Stadium1958Cuttack45,000182
    Barkatullah Khan Stadium1986Jodhpur40,00020
    Brabourne Stadium1937Mumbai25,000818
    Eden Gardens1864Kolkata66,3492940
    Fatorda Stadium1989Margao19,08870
    Feroz Shah Kotla Ground1883Delhi41,8202433
    Gandhi Sports Complex Ground1933Amritsar16,00020
    Gandhi Stadium1955Jalandhar16,00031
    Green Park Stadium1945Kanpur45,0001422
    Gymkhana Ground1875Mumbai15,00001
    Holkar Cricket Stadium1990Indore30,00041
    HPCA Stadium2003Dharamshala23,00031
    Indira Gandhi Stadium1969Vijayawada25,00010
    Indira Priyadarshini Stadium1987Visakhapatnam25,00050
    IPCL Sports Ground Complex1990Vadodara20,000100
    Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium1993Chennai40,00009
    Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium1983Delhi60,00020
    Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium1996Kochi75,000 (55,148 Only During Matches)90
    JSCA International Stadium2010Ranchi40,00041
    KD Singh Babu Stadium1957Lucknow25,00011
    Keenan Stadium1939Jamshedpur19,000100
    Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium1950Hyderabad25,000143
    Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground1935Rajkot15,000120
    Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium2012Pune37,40020
    Mangalam Chinnaswamy Stadium1969Bangalore38,3002421
    Moin-Ul-Haq Stadium1969Patna25,00030
    Moti Bagh Stadium1956Vadodara18,00030
    Muttaiya Annamalai Chidambaram Stadium1916Chennai38,0002032
    Nahar Singh Stadium1981Faridabad25,00080
    Nehru Stadium1964Indore25,00090
    Nehru Stadium1969Pune25,000110
    Nehru Stadium1962Guwahati25,000140
    Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium1993Mohali26,0002313
    Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium2003Hyderabad55,00054
    Roop Singh Stadium1978Gwalior18,000120
    Sardar Patel Stadium1982Ahmedabad49,000 (Being Renovated With Capacity of 110,000)2312
    Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium1960Ahmedabad50,00010
    Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium2008Rajkot28,00021
    Sawai Mansingh Stadium1965Jaipur23,185191
    Sector 16 Stadium1966Chandigarh30,00051
    Sher-I-Kashmir Stadium1983Srinagar12,00020
    University Ground1949Lucknow52,00001
    University Stadium1952Thiruvananthapuram20,00020
    Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium (Old)1929Nagpur40,000149
    Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium (New)2008Nagpur45,00075
    Wankhede Stadium1974Mumbai33,1002024
    There's a total of 47 international cricket stadiums in India. Seating capacities of these stadiums vary from 15,000 to 75,000. You can find them in most major cities of India as well. Most of these stadiums were established in the beginning of the 20th century, making them a part of history of India already. Some stadiums are stand-alone ones, while others are located within the premises of a sports complex or even a university.

    Top Five International Cricket Stadiums to Visit in India

    Still confused about which international cricket stadiums to visit? Well, here's a list of the top five international stadiums worth visiting in the country. The ones in this list were chosen due to their long history, the famous players who made their names even more popular here and also because of the infrastructure itself.

    1. Eden Gardens (Kolkata) - Established in 1864, the Eden Gardens is Kolkata's oldest cricket stadium. It was recently renovated in 2011, which decreased its seating capacity to 66,349, from the previous number of over 100,000. It is known as the second largest cricket ground in the world, just behind the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia. There were many historic matches in the stadium itself. The most recent one being the India versus Sri Lanka ODI Match of 2014. This is the iconic game where Rohit Gurunath Sharma of the Indian Premier League scored 264, the highest individual score in an ODI Match. And even more recently, the stadium played host to the T20 Match between West Indies and England. The unlikely win of the West Indies, winner by four wickets, made them the first ever team to have won the ICC T20 twice. The Indian spectators also held out their support, known for their volatile actions, for the West Indies. With about 40 Test Matches and 29 ODI Matches held in the stadium, it holds the record for the most number of international games held in a stadium in India.
    • Claim to Fame - Highest ODI Scored by Individual Player
    • Home Team - Kolkata Knight Riders
    2. Feroz Shah Kotla Ground (Delhi) - The Feroz Shah Kotla Ground is the second oldest cricket stadium in India, established in 1883, with a seating capacity of about 41,820. Over the years, the stadium has held many interesting matches. For instance, this is the venue where Sachin Tendulkar achieved his 35th win in a Test Match against the Sri Lankan team. Interestingly, the Indian Cricket Team has won most of their Test Matches here for the last two decades and more. The stadium has also been the venue for the newer ICC T20 Match between England and Afghanistan. With about 33 Test Matches and 24 ODI Matches, the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground isn't far behind when it comes to being an international stadium venue in India.
    • Claim to Fame - Favourite Test Match Venue of Indian Cricket Team
    • Home Team - Indian Cricket Team and Delhi Daredevils
    3. HPCA Stadium (Dharamshala) - The HPCA Stadium in Dharamshala is a newer one, established just in 2003, with a 23,000 seating capacity. Despite not having such a long history behind it, nor any interesting Indian wins to be proud of, the HPCA Stadium boasts of a marvellous view of the snow-capped mountains just behind it. Situated above 1,457 metres above sea level, you can enjoy the pleasant climate here as you're matching a local or international match. As far as the international games played here, there's the ODI Match between India and England in 2013 and also the Test Match between India and Australia in 2016.
    • Claim to Fame - Panoramic Views of the Himalayas
    • Home Team - Himachal Pradesh Cricket Team and Kings XI Punjab
    4. Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Kochi) - Originally established in 1996 as a football stadium, the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium also plays host to international cricket matches. It has a seating capacity of about 75,000 but can only handle up to 55,000 during matches due to the additional infrastructures in the premises. It is touted as world-class cricket stadium, boasting not only of its large size, but also of complete facilities for the spectators and also the players. The most recent ODI Match played here is by the West Indies and India National Cricket Team, with the former winning by 124 runs. However, it is important to note that the India National Cricket Team has won many ODI Matches in this stadium already, from the year 1998 until the present year. With its vast playing grounds and high lighting towers, the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi certainly deserves a spot on your itinerary, more so for watching an actual ODI Match.
    • Claim to Fame - India National Cricket Team ODI Matches Wins
    • Home Team - Kerala Cricket Team
    5. Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai) - Last on the list is none other than the iconic Wankhede Stadium of Mumbai. Despite being a newer stadium, established just in 1974, it has its fair shares of stories. For instance, the stadium is mostly remembered for the 2011 Cricket World Cup Final win of the India National Cricket Team against the Sri Lanka Cricket National Team. This was the second World Cup win of India, after the Kapil Dev World Cup win of 1983. As such, the Wankhede Stadium is etched in the hearts of every true blue Indian cricket fan. Incidentally, this is also the venue for Sachin Tendulkar's last cricket game, before finally retiring in the sport. In 2016, the stadium was the venue for a Test Match between India and England as well. The stadium is very vibrant, with lots of hawkers, drummers and vendors all around. This just adds to the old-world charm of the place, which can be hard to find in other venues.
    • Claim to Fame - 2011 Cricket World Cup Final Venue (Where India Won)
    • Home Team - Mumbai Cricket Team
    Conclusion

    There you go, a list of all of the international cricket stadiums in India. Along with that, a recommendation of the best international cricket stadiums to visit in the country as well. The only sport that unites all of India, no matter what religion or caste you come from, that is cricket. No wonder the sport's popularity cannot be beaten by any other sport.

    I hope this helps you!
     

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