Top 10 Best Cricket Stadiums in the World
There are pretty grounds, historic grounds, grounds that ooze atmosphere, and those that make you feel like you’re in the Colosseum. Here we are talking about such top ten cricket stadiums in the world that are known for their wonderful facilities and are rated as the best cricket stadium in the world.
1.Lords Cricket Ground (England)
Though some ground are best for its electrifying atmosphere like MCG,Eden Gardens, Some best for its beauty and views like Basin Reserve, Newlands. Some best for its historica lMatches.Then Lord’s has them all. Thats why,It is the spiritual headquarters of the game and is Undoubtedly world best cricket stadium. It is situated in London,England and was bulit in the year 1814.It is owned by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and total capacity of stadium is 28000. It is widely referred as” Home Of Cricket” It is definitely a must see venue atleast once in your lifetime. Since you do not get to see a museum, a gigantic media centre, two restaurants or a Long Room which is the link to the ground from the dressing room, in any other cricket ground. Besides on the ground, there are 30,000 seats in total and has a peculiar slope which makes a long boundary and causes appreciable deviation in bounce of the ball on the pitch, making it easier to move the ball in to right-handed batsmen when bowling from the Pavilion End, and easier to move it away when bowling from the Nursery End. For any cricketer, it is a dream come true for represent his country on this ground and especially to have his name on the honours board. Lord’s was the first ground in cricket to recognize the excellent performances of players, irrespective of the fact that they play for England or the opposition team, by putting their name on the board across both the dressing rooms.
2. Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG-Australia) MCG is at second number in our list of best cricket stadiums in this world.It is located in Yarra Park, Melbourne and is home to the Melbourne Cricket Club.It has the 100,018 capacity for the spectators. It has one of the best pitches in the world as it provides a fair contest between the bat and ball, which is exactly what spectators pay their moneys for to watch. MCG is largest stadium in Australia and the eighth largest in the world, and is one of the most famous stadiums in world cricket.It holds the world record for the highest light towers at any sporting venue. On 30 January 2009, the MCG was named as one of the seven wonders of the sporting world.It is referred to within Victoria as the “Spiritual Home of Australian Sport”.
3. Eden Gardens, Kolkata (India)
Eden Gardens is at third spot in our list of the best cricket stadium in the world. Eden Gardens is situated in Kolkata, India. It was established in 1864 and have a capacity of 63000 people. It is the third biggest Cricket stadium in world. It is said that “a cricketer’s cricketing education is not complete till he has played in front of a packed Eden Gardens.The first international test cricket was played here on 5th January 1934 between England and India. The first one day international was played on 18th February 1987 between India and Sri Lanka. It is the home ground of the former India captain and great Sourav Ganguly(DADA) and also of the Bengal cricket team in the Ranji Trophy and IPL 5 champions Kolkata Knight Riders, which is co-owned by Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan.
4.The Oval Cricket Ground, London (England)
The Oval Cricket Ground is at number four spot in our list. It is located in South London,and has capacity of 23000 spectators. It resembles the ‘oval’ shape which is a rarity for a cricket ground which is frequently more circular in shape. It is this ground which has been a source of inspiration for the construction of other grounds across the world in a similar style of architecture, to make it look attractive. The Oval once held the record for the largest playing area of any Test venue in the world, but that record has since been surpassed by Gaddafi Stadium in Pakistan (though it is still the largest in Britain). This is the historic venue where the foundation of the rivalry between England and Australia was set. This was back in August 1882 when England, chasing only 85 to win, collapse from 51 for 2 to 78 all out. The next morning the local newspaper, The Sporting Times published its famous mock obituary and the legend called the Ashes was born.
5. Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG-Australia)
Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) is at number 5 in our list of Best cricket stadium in world. SCG is located in Sydney at Australia. The stadium was established in the year 1848 and have a capacity of 46000 Peoples. It is owned and operated by the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust, a sports company that also manages the Sydney Football Stadium located next doo The first international test cricket was played here on 21stFebruary 1882 between England and Australia. The first one day international was played on 13th January 1979 also between England and Australia.
6.Old Trafford Cricket Ground (England)
The next stadium in our list is Old Trafford Cricket Ground. It is situated in the Greater Manchester in England. It was establisehd in 1857 but first test match was played here was in 1884 between England and Australia and The first one day international was played on 24th August 1972 also between England and Australia. 25000 Spectators can watch match at Old Trafford Cricket Ground. It has been the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club since it was formed in 1864, having been the ground of Manchester Cricket Club from 1857. Test matches have been played there since 1884.
7. Newlands Cricket Ground (South Africa)
Newlands Cricket Ground is at number 7 in our list of Best cricket stadium in the world. Newlands Cricket Ground is regarded as one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in the world. It is situated at Cape Town In South Africa and has a seating capacity of 25000 people. Newlands is one of the few cricket grounds in South Africa that tends to favour spinners.The ground’s official name is “Sahara Park Newlands”. The ground hosted its first Test match in March 1889 when England defeated South Africa by an innings and 202 runs. The first One Day International played at the ground was in December 1992 when South Africa beat India by 6 wickets
8. Kensington Oval, Barbados (West Indies)
Kensington Oval, Barbados is at number 8 in our list of Best cricket stadium in the world.This cricket stadium is based in Barbados. It was built in the year 1882. The total capacity of the stadium for the spectators is 28,000. Kensington Oval is said to have fastest pitches in the world. The stadium is managed by the Barbados Cricket Association. The first one day international was played here between West Indies and New Zealand on 23th April 1985. The first test match was played here between West Indies and England on 11th January 1930.
9. Adelaide Oval (Australia)
Adelaide Oval Cricket stadium is situated in the South Australian city named as Adelaide. This cricket stadium was built in the year 1871 and from then on the stadium has gone through various renovations to meet the growing standards. It has seating capacity of 53000 peoples. It is considered to be one of the most picturesque Test cricket grounds in Australia. The first Test match was played at the Oval from 12–16 December 1884 in which England beat Australia by eight wickets and first ODI match was played between West Indies And Australia in 1975.
10.Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala, India:
HPCA Dharamsala, is India’s answer to Adelaide Oval and Newlands and probably even more breathtaking. HPCA Stadium is located in the city of Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh In India.It has a seating capacity of 25000 Peoples. Its one of the highest cricket grounds in the world situated at a height of 1,457 m (4,780 ft 2 in) above sea level and has snow capped mountains in the backdrop. The first International One day will be played between India and England on 23rd Jan, 2013.