Whenever India has a lot of international matches, thousands of people gather in the stadiums across the country. Over the years, Indian cricket has improved manifold and the Men in Blue is now one of the top cricket playing nations in the world. At present there are more than 25 cricket stadiums in the country which are capable of hosting international matches. But we'll talk about the best stadiums
|1||Narendra Modi Stadium||132,000||Ahmedabad||Gujarat|
|2||Eden Gardens||66,000||Kolkata||West Bengal|
|3||Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium||55,000||Hyderabad||Telangana|
|4||DY Patil Stadium||55,000||Navi Mumbai||Maharashtra|
|5||Ekana International Cricket Stadium||50,000||Lucknow||Uttar Pradesh|
|6||MA Chidambaram Stadium||50,000||Chennai||Tamil Nadu|
|7||Arun Jaitley Stadium||41,820||Delhi||Delhi NCR|
|8||M. Chinnaswamy Stadium||40,000||Bengaluru||Karnataka|
|10||Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium||23,000||Dharamshala||Himachal Pradesh|
Located near the banks of the Sabarmati River, the Narendra Modi Stadium is the largest cricket stadium in the world. The stadium was constructed in 1982 to nurture cricketing talent in the province. Earlier this stadium had a seating capacity of 49,000 cricket fans.
In October 2015, the Gujarat Cricket Association under the visionary leadership of the then GCA President and current Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi decided to renovate the stadium and make it the largest cricket stadium in the world. In February 2020, the redevelopment work was completed and it is now capable of accommodating over 1.3 lakh cricket fans. The new Narendra Modi Stadium broke records, surpassing the Melbourne Cricket Ground with a capacity to accommodate 90,000 spectators.
The most majestic cricket ground in the world hosted its first Test match from 5 to 8 January 1934. Since then, it has become something of a place of pilgrimage for most international cricketers, a chance to showcase their talents in front of the most passionate and vocal crowd. The last Test played here was between India and West Indies from 14 to 17 November 2011. Eden Gardens hosted its first ODI on 18 February 1987 between India and Pakistan, while the last ODI was played between India and England on 25 October 2011. Eden Gardens hosted its first ever T-20 International on 29 October 2011 between India and England.
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, located in Hyderabad, has a seating capacity of 55,000. Built-in 2003, has since then hosted several international cricket matches, including the 2007 ICC World T20 final. Interestingly, the stadium is equipped with state-of-the-art floodlights that can provide lighting up to 2,500 lux. The stadium also has a unique feature of a two-tiered seating arrangement.
DY Patil Stadium owned by DY Patil Sports Academy, also known as DY Patil Sports Stadium, is a cricket and football stadium at DY Patil Complex in Nerul, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. The stadium was constructed by Hafiz Contractor, a prominent Indian architect. DY Patil Stadium is Mumbai's third and newest, full-fledged cricket stadium known for its design and spectator-friendly seating arrangements. The capacity of 55,000 makes it the third largest cricket ground in India after Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad and Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
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The stadium is located at a considerable distance from the heart of the city but that is also an advantage, as space is no constraint - it even has a small practice ground with 12 wickets. The stadium also has other facilities including 9 tennis hard courts, 4 indoor badminton courts, and an Olympic sized swimming pool.The stadium was officially inaugurated on 4 March 2008 and was briefly the home ground for IPL team Mumbai Indians. It hosted three IPL matches for the Mumbai Indians and has also hosted the 2008 Indian Premier League Final and 2010 Indian Premier League Final.
Ekana International Cricket Stadium is one of the finest stadiums in the country and the largest cricket stadium in India with a seating capacity of 50000 people. Built on 71 acres, this stadium is equipped with world-class facilities. It has two screens of 1800 square feet, which means you can enjoy the match from any corner of the ground. Apart from this, there are also 40 VIP boxes and 8 corporate lounges. Not only this, world class dressing rooms, media center and floodlights make it special from other stadiums. Ekana Stadium has 9 pitches and the best drainage system in the world.
The MA Chidambaram Stadium, also known as the Chepauk Stadium, is located in Chennai and has a seating capacity of 38,000. Built in 1916, the stadium has since hosted several international cricket matches, including the 1987 and 2011 Cricket World Cup matches. The stadium is also home to Chennai Super Kings, one of the most successful franchises of the Indian Premier League. Interestingly, the stadium has a unique tradition of serving curd rice to the players during the lunch break. The capacity of this stadium was increased to 50,000.
Feroz Shah Kotla is the second oldest international cricket stadium in India. The stadium was a fort built by Sultan Firoz Shah Tughluq to house Firozabad, his version of the city of Delhi. The stadium got its name from its location. It is in the vicinity of Firoz Shah Kotla, a fort built by Sultan Firoz Shah Tughlaq in 1883.
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On 12 September 2019, the stadium was renamed in memory of former finance minister and former DDCA president Arun Jaitley. The decision to name the stadium after the politician who was once the President of DDCA and Vice President of BCCI was also taken. This stadium is also known as Shri Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium. After the name change was announced, DDCA also gave a clarification stating that only the name of the stadium is being changed but the ground will still be called Feroz Shah Kotla ground. The first international game played here was a Test match between India and the West Indies in 1948. Feroz Shah Kotla is home to the Delhi Ranji team and the Delhi Capitals IPL team. Feroz Shah Kotla has been a very happy hunting ground for the Indian cricket team.
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium is one of the premier most cricket stadiums in India. The stadium is set up at the centre of Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka and is flanked by a picturesque location. It was founded in the year 1969 with a capacity of 40,000 spectators. The stadium is named after M.Chinnaswamy, the former President of BCCI. The leading cricket ground is the regular home of Test matches, One Day International cricket matches & other different 1st class cricket matches. Till date the stadium has hosted 19 Test matches & 23 ODIs. It’s also the home ground of Bangalore based IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Wankhede Stadium, located in Mumbai, has a seating capacity of 33,108. Built-in 1974, this stadium has since hosted several international cricket matches, including the 2011 Cricket World Cup final. The stadium is also home to the Mumbai Indians, one of the most successful franchises in the Indian Premier League. Interestingly, the stadium was named after the legendary cricket administrator, S. K. Wankhede. Wankhede Stadium is definitely one of the best stadiums in Mumbai
HPCA Stadium is a cricket stadium located in Dharamshala city of Himachal Pradesh, India. HPCA Stadium is the short name of Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium. The stadium was established in the year 2003 and has a capacity of over 25,000 spectators. The stadium has so far only been used to host domestic matches, but the first One Day International match is scheduled to be played at the venue on 27 January 2013. The stadium is owned and operated by the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association.