Cricket isn’t a sport in India. It’s a religion.
Cricketers are revered no less than Gods. And the Cricket stadiums are these cricket-lovers’ holy shrine.
And these shrines are built up everywhere in a country that has given the world, some of the best cricketers and still is setting new records of excellence in this sport that is popular in more than half of the world. India holds an impeccable record when it comes to winning the reputed tournaments in this sport. Indian Cricket Team has won the 1983 Cricket world Cup, 2002 ICC Champions Trophy, 2007 ICC World Twenty20, 2011 Cricket World Cup, and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.
Apart from playing inter-country cricket leagues and tournaments, India also organizes tournaments like the Indian Premier League where best cricketers from the world participate and various other tournaments like Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy, Deodhar Trophy, Irani Trophy, etc. where the best talent of India showcases some exceptional Cricket.
Cricket Stadiums are the mecca of vibe this sport has. One who has watched a match in the stadium knows so. Thousands of supporters scream at the top of their lungs, sing anthems, cheer choruses to boost the morale of their players. And thus, the stadiums have seen this sport in the best of its flavor.
India has a lot of Cricket Stadiums with the biggest one in the World (Ahmedabad’s Motera Stadium) and the world’s highest one as well in Chail, Himachal Pradesh. So, today we would be discussing the biggest Cricket Stadiums in India. These stadiums on any game day turn into these mega bowls of energy and enthusiasm. Without further ado, let’s start the list.
1. Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Popularly known as Rohit Sharma’s castle, this stadium was established in 1864 about a century and a half ago in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. It has a seating capacity of 80000. It’s the home ground of the Indian Cricket Team in International Matches, Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL, and the Bengal Cricket Team in the National competitions. It is owned by the Indian Army.
Eden Garden is a multipurpose ground for both Cricket and Football. It is the oldest cricket stadium in India. On 22nd November 2019, Eden Garden hosted the first-ever day/night test match in India which was also the second test match of the series between India and Bangladesh. This ground is also referred to as ‘Cricket’s answer to the Colosseum’ and is also pronounced as the ‘Mecca of Indian Cricket’ because it was the first officially built cricket stadium in India.
Pre-renovation in 2011, there were benches rather than Individual seats, and that way Eden Garden could accommodate around 98,000-1,00,000 fans. Thus, even after about 20% of the seats were reduced, it still is the most capable in terms of the seating arrangement of all active Indian Stadiums.
2. Naya Raipur International Cricket Stadium, Naya Raipur
Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium is situated in the Raipur District of Chhattisgarh, India. It is the third biggest Cricket Stadium in India after Motera and Eden Gardens with a seating capacity of 65,000 approximately. It is also the fourth biggest cricket stadium in the world.
It was inaugurated back in 2008 and this ground hosted its first match in 2010. This match was a friendly played between Canada national Cricket team and the Chhattisgarh state team. It is also the second home venue of Delhi daredevils in IPL.
3. Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad
This stadium is located in Uppal, Hyderabad, Telangana. It was established in 2003 and extends across 16 acres of land. This stadium has a massive seating capacity with 55,000 seats. It is owned by the Hyderabad Cricket Association and Shashi Prabhu was the architect for this stadium.
It’s operated by Hyderabad Cricket Association. Indian Cricket Team uses it for International matches, Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL, and the Hyderabad Cricket Team for the local matches.
4. Jawaharlal Nehru Cricket Stadium, Kochi
Popularly known as the Kaloor Stadium, Jawaharlal Nehru stadium is a multi-purpose stadium located in Kochi, Kerala. This stadium has a seating capacity of 60,500. This stadium offers both Football and Cricket. Indian cricket Team uses this stadium in International Cricket Matches while the Indian Football team and Kerala Blasters FC use it in International Football matches and the ISL respectively.
It’s owned by Greater Cochin Development Authority and has had a record attendance of 1,00,000 in 1997 for an India vs Iraq Match. It has a riviera Bermuda grass field and was opened in 1996. It was renovated in 2008 that resulted in the lowering of the no. of seats available for the crowd.
5. Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
Popularly known as the Pune Cricket Stadium, this stadium is located in Gahunje, Pune, Maharashtra. It has a capacity of 37,000. It was designed by Hopkins Architects of London and was established in April 2012. This stadium has been used by the Indian Cricket Team, Pune Warriors India (2012-13), Kings XI Punjab (2015), and Chennai Super Kings (2018-19). It is owned by Maharashtra Cricket Association and is operated by Pune Stadium Ltd.
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6. Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi
Feroz Shah Kotla is located at Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi. Because it’s near the Kotla Fort, it is still called the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. It was recently named after the late Arun Jaitley, who was an Indian politician. It’s the second oldest cricket stadium in India.
Per felicitation, the DDCA named four stands of this stadium after Bishan Singh Bedi, Mohinder Amarnath, Gautam Gambhir, and Virat Kohli, all four are respected personalities of the Indian Cricket. It has a capacity of 41,820 and was built in 1883.
7. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad
Popularly known as the Motera Stadium and well known for being the biggest stadium of India and the second biggest stadium of the world in terms of seating capacity, this stadium is located in Motera, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. It was also the center of attraction alongside the Statue of Unity during Donald Trump’s India Visit in Feb 2020.
It’s owned by Gujarat Cricket Association and has a capacity of 1,10,000. It’s built on 63 acres of land. Post expansion and renovation by L&T was opened on 24th February 2020.
8. Kerala Cricket Association Stadium
Popularly known as Edakochi Cricket Stadium, because it’s proposed to be built there is the home ground of Kerala Cricket Association which would be an addition to the Thiruvananthapuram Stadium because Kerala is the only cricket association with no ground. Architecture by Hopkins Architects, this ground was opened in 2017 for tentative purposes and has a capacity of 50,000 seating.
9. MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Located in Chennai, it’s the third oldest cricket stadium in India and was established in 1916. It’s also popularly known as the Chepauk Stadium. Architecture by Hopkins Architects London has a capacity of 50,000 and is owned by Tamil Nadu Cricket Association. It is also known as the ‘Lords’ of India’. It is used by the Indian Cricket Team for International Matches and the Chennai Super Kings In the IPL.
10. Greenfield International Stadium, Kerala
Known as the Sports Hub, Trivandrum or the Trivandrum International Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium that is used for Association football and Cricket. Built on 36 acres of land and located at Kariavattom in Thiruvananthapuram, it’s India’s first DBOT model outdoor Stadium. On 7th November 2017, It hosted a T20 against New Zealand and an ODI on the 1st of November 2018. It has a capacity of 50,000.
So, these were our picks for the ten biggest Cricket stadiums of India. If you have visited any of these then let us know in the comments section and if not make sure as soon as the cricket breaks after the corona-thing are over make sure to treat yourself by visiting a game in one of these stadiums.
Till then, Stay safe, Stay healthy.
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