Cricket Grounds Galore
If you had to pick one, out of all the cricket grounds worldwide, which would you choose?
Personally, Lords Cricket Ground is the pinnacle in my honest opinion. It is both the home and the mecca of cricket. The history associated with it is just awesome and the vibe can be felt around the stadium.
Besides, Lords is a decently spacious venue. However, there are many other grounds worldwide that are far superior in size. Nevertheless, Lords does accommodate 30,000 visitors.
But, what are the biggest cricket grounds worldwide?
The Sardar Patel Stadium, also known as the Motera Stadium is the largest of all cricket grounds worldwide. The cricket stadium has a capacity of 110,000 and hosted the opening of “Namaste or Welcome Trump” on February the 24th 2020. This was when Donald Trump visited India, prior to the coronavirus situation.
The stadium was established in 1983 and renovated in 2006. It closed between 2015 and 2020 to renovate again. The stadium is located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. It has hosted 12 test matches, 23 one-day internationals plus one T20 international.
Perhaps the most famous game played at the ground till date is the India v Australia quarter-final at the 2011 Cricket World Cup. India won the game, knocking Australia out and paved the way for their second World Cup triumph.
Ricky Ponting scored a fantastic century in that game but India won through contributions from most of the team with the bat. Tendulkar, Gambhir and Yuvraj all scored half-centuries.
The Motera Stadium is number one on our list of biggest cricket grounds.
Melbourne Cricket Ground
The Melbourne Cricket Ground is an all-purpose cricket stadium located in Melbourne, Australia. It has a capacity of 100,024. It hosts the Australian Football League and plays home to the Australian Cricket Team. The MCG also hosts other big events like concerts.
The MCG has famously hosted two Cricket World Cup finals. The first was in 1992, where Pakistan beat England in a thrilling encounter to win their first World Cup. The second final was in 2015, where Australia cruised past New Zealand to record their fifth Cricket World Cup win.
The famous boxing day test match is held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. It is a massive event on the Australian cricket calendar and often produces record capacities. The stadium is also home to the Melbourne Stars, who play in the Big Bash League.
The MCG is number two on our list of biggest cricket grounds.
Eden Gardens in Kolkata is perhaps one of the greatest cricket venues in the world. It is located in West Bengal, India. Similar to the Melbourne Cricket Ground, it is a multi-purpose stadium. The Eden Gardens hosts both cricket and football matches. It has a capacity of 80,000.
Three major cricket teams play at this venue. It is home to the Indian Cricket Team, The Bengal Cricket Team and the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise in the Indian Premier League.
The Eden Gardens has hosted major cricket events in the past. It hosted the 2016 World T20 final between England and the West Indies. This was the game where Carlos Brathwaite helped the West Indies to a nail-biting victory in the final over. Eden Gardens also hosted the 1987 Cricket World Cup final. Australia defeated England by 7 runs.
The Kolkata Knight Riders have played at the venue since 2008 and have won two IPL titles since. It is also famous for the 2001 Border Gavaskar test where VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid scripted an unbelievable comeback against Steve Waugh’s mighty Australian test team. Harbhajan says his hat-trick on the ground gave him a lot of recognition and belief.
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Eden Gardens is number three on our list of biggest cricket grounds.
Raipur International Stadium
The Raipur International Cricket Stadium is located in Raipur in Chhatisgarh. It holds a capacity of 65,000 people. In the 2013 IPL season, the Delhi Daredevils used the stadium as one of its home venues. In 2015 and 2016, the stadium was also used again in the Indian Premier League.
The stadium is currently not in operation and therefore closed.
The Raipur Stadium is number four on our list of biggest cricket grounds.
The Optus Stadium in Perth replaced the old Western Australia Cricket Association in 2018. While the old WACA was known predominantly for its pace and bounce, the Optus Stadium has been slightly more batter-friendly. The Perth Scorchers continue to use the Optus Stadium as their home ground in the Big Bash League.
It has a capacity of 60,000, making it the fifth-largest cricket stadium worldwide. Similar to the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the old WACA, the Optus Stadium in Perth is predominantly used for Australian Rules Football and Cricket.
A New Era
Perhaps the most famous test match to be hosted at this venue was the first one. Australia played India in a nail-biting game in 2018 December. It was a relatively low scoring game with Australia winning easily in the end by 146 runs. However, a chase of 286 was not impossible for India, given that India had won the first test match at the Adelaide Oval and also went on to win the series 2-1.
Nathan Lyon picked up 8 wickets in the match, despite the pitch being fast-bowler friendly.
The Optus Stadium is number five on our list of biggest cricket grounds.
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