Best Cricket Stadiums

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Best Cricket Stadiums

A collage of the best cricket stadiums across the globe.

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Best Cricket Stadiums
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Melbourne Cricket Ground Capacity:100,000

Cricket was first played on the MCG in 1856. Since then, the ground has been the scene of many cricket firsts, according to the MCG website The world record first-class score (1107 " Victoria v NSW, 1926). The First Test match (Australia v England, 1877); First century in Test cricket (Charles Bannerman); World’s first cricket scoreboard showing batsman’s name and method of dismissal; First full-colour cricket scoreboard with instant replays, The first major stadium to use “Super Sopper” to dry surface; and The world’s first one-day international cricket match (January 5, 1971)

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Melbourne Cricket Ground Capacity:100,000
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Eden Gardens Capacity:90,000 Kolkata, India

Eden Gardens became a test location in 1934 when Douglas Jardine led his team on to the pitch. Despite its somewhat chequered history, the one constant about the ground is the enthusiasm of the crowds it attracts. Riots disrupted matches against the West Indies (1966-67) and Australia (1969-70) and the World Cup semi-final against Sri Lanka (1996) was cancelled. However positive memories haunt the ground too, such as in March 2001 when VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid staged an impressive come-from-behind victory against an Australian team poised for an unprecedented 17th straight Test win.

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Eden Gardens Capacity:90,000 Kolkata, India
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ANZ Stadium Capacity:83,000 Sydney, Australia

The ANZ Stadium was primarily designed as the main Stadium and centrepiece of the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games and opened in 1999. Initially the Stadium had a seating capacity of more than 110,000, which made it the largest Olympic stadium in history and at that time the largest stadium in Australia, but in 2002, a reconfiguration, which allows the ground to be transformed from rectangular mode to oval mode in 12 hours, reduced its capacity to 83,500. Cricket has been played at the ground since 2003.

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ANZ Stadium Capacity:83,000 Sydney, Australia
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D.Y. Patil Capacity:60,000

This stadium incorporates many best-practice aspects of cricket stadiums. It boasts India’s first and largest fabric roof and its giant LED screens are the largest in the country. For the ground, 250 tons of clay were imported from South Africa. Stadiums around India typically have outfields made from red soil, which causes this part of the ground to become sluggish when it rains. To minimise rain interruption, DY Patil’s outfield is sand based, with a completely concealed underground drainage system to quickly remove water.

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D.Y. Patil Capacity:60,000
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Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Capacity:60,000

Named after the first Prime Minister of India, the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium was constructed to host the 9th Asian Games in 1982. More recently the stadium hosted the 2010 Commonwealth Games, for which its capacity was reduced from 78,000 to 60,000 spectators.

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Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Capacity:60,000
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Gaddafi Stadium Capacity:60,000 Lahore, Pakistan

Originally known as Lahore Stadium, the 1959 complex was renamed in 1974 in honour of Colonel Gaddafi of Libya’s support of Pakistan. The headquarters of the Pakistan Cricket Board was renovated in 1996 for the Cricket World Cup. It was the first stadium in Pakistan to be equipped with modern floodlights.

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Gaddafi Stadium Capacity:60,000 Lahore, Pakistan
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M.Chinnaswamy Stadium Capacity:55,000 Bengaluru

Regarded as one of the premier cricket stadiums in India, the ground was renamed from Karnataka State Cricket Association Stadium to M Chinnaswamy to honour the president of the Indian board from 1977 until 1980, who was also involved in Karnataka cricket for over 40 years. The stadium, despite not being completed, gained Test status in 1974-75 and hosted the West Indies in the opening match. In 1982 it hosted the first ODI in India and was renovated in the mid 1990s for the Indian Premier League. It is also the home of the National Cricket Academy.

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M.Chinnaswamy Stadium Capacity:55,000 Bengaluru
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Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium Capacity:55,000

This is the principal cricket stadium in Hyderabad, India and is the home ground of the Hyderabad Cricket Association. Stretched over 16 acres of land, the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium used to have a capacity of 55,000 but this has been reduced to 40,000 for the Indian Premier League. Weirdly, the home team has never won a match here.

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Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium Capacity:55,000
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Sardar Patel Stadium Capacity:55,000 Ahmedabad, India

Also known as Motera Stadium, to avoid confusion with another stadium of the same name, the Sardar Patel stadium is owned by Gujarat Cricket Association. It ranks second in India for the number of ODI matches (behind Eden Gardens) and is one of the host venues for 2011 Cricket World Cup to be held in India.

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Sardar Patel Stadium Capacity:55,000 Ahmedabad, India
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Lord’s Cricket Ground Capacity:30,000 London (England)

Also known as the ‘Home of Cricket’, Lord’s was once the centre of the cricketing globe.For a spectator, there is some aura in the ground the moment you enter it. 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.

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Lord’s Cricket Ground Capacity:30,000 London (England)
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Kennington Oval Capacity:23,500 London (England)

Better known as The Oval, this ground is one of the most breathtaking in England. As the name suggests, 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.This is where international cricket began for England. The inaugural Test match in England was played here in September 1880, resulting in England defeating Australia by five wickets, with the pioneer of batting and the outspoken WG Grace scoring a century on debut. Besides this is where a Test series in England traditionally ends every summer.

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Kennington Oval Capacity:23,500 London (England)
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Old Trafford Capacity:19000 Manchester (England)

Famously, people had to be sent home for the final day of the 2005 Ashes Test which was set for another gripping finish. England was in such form that it seemed as if the entire country was rallying behind them. Eventually, the match was a draw but it was a thrilling one as England were only 1 wicket from posting another win in the series, despite a resistant and brilliant 156 from Australian captain Ricky Ponting which proved to be a match saving ton. Other great cricketing moments have been the maestro Sachin Tendulkar’s first Test hundred coming at this ground against England in the second innings of the 1990 Test match, at the age of 17. Three years later, the spin king Shane Warne also made a name for himself in international cricket by delivering the ‘ball of the century’ to Michael Gatting, the England captain. While in 1956, it was in Old Trafford that Jim Laker, the English off-spinner became the first bowler ever to pick up all the 10 wickets in an innings, and that was against Australia. It is early proof how the ground has been amongst the most spin friendly in the country. Old Trafford is also said to be amongst the wettest grounds in England, which is probably the reason why it is still undergoing massive redevelopment plans. Yet, it continues to remain in favour of the England and Wales Cricket Board and is the home ground for Lancashire, which has produced cricketers such as Andrew Flintoff and James Anderson amongst popular cricketers from the last decade.

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Old Trafford Capacity:19000 Manchester (England)
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The WACA Capacity:24,500 Perth (Australia)

All those people present on the ground would be the luckiest enough to witness ‘real’ fast bowling. The WACA is the most renowned for the fact that it has always been the fastest pitch in the world, as the quality of the pitch alongside the sea breeze called as Fremantle Doctor also helps fast bowlers in bringing out swing, even if the wicket has flattened out. This means that batsmen can be caught off guard any time on such a pitch. The iconic ground has been a witness to incidentally four of the seven fastest Test centuries in Test cricket till date, with the most popular ones being Adam Gilchrist scoring it in 57 balls against England in 2006 and recently, David Warner scoring it in 68 balls against India, as both were match winning and thoroughly entertaining efforts. It has also been Australia’s fortress in the last two decades, having won 29 out of the 38 Tests played here in cricketing history.

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The WACA Capacity:24,500 Perth (Australia)
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Kensington Oval Capacity:28,000 Barbados (West Indies)

The Kensington Oval is a stadium located to the west of the capital city Bridgetown on the island of Barbados. It is the pre-eminent sporting facility on the island and is primarily used for cricket. Locally referred to as "The Mecca" of cricket,[3][4] it has hosted many important and exciting cricket games between local, regional, and international teams during its more than 120 year history.

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Kensington Oval Capacity:28,000 Barbados (West Indies)
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The Wanderers Capacity:34,000 Johannesburg (South Africa)

BIDVest Wanderers Stadium is a stadium situated just south of Sandton in Illovo, Johannesburg in Gauteng Province, South Africa. Test, One Day and First class cricket matches are played here. It is also the home ground for the Highveld Lions, formerly known as Gauteng (Transvaal). It was completely overhauled following South Africa's readmission to international cricket in 1991. In 1996, five new 65 metre high floodlight masts replaced the existing four 30 metre high masts enabling day-night limited-overs cricket. It is nicknamed 'The Bullring' due to its design and intimidating atmosphere.

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The Wanderers Capacity:34,000 Johannesburg (South Africa)
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Newlands Capacity:25,000 Cape Town (South Africa)

Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town is a South African cricket ground. It's the home of the Cape Cobras, who play in the SuperSport Series, MTN Domestic Championship and Standard Bank Pro20 competitions. It is also a venue for Test matches. Newlands is regarded as one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in the world, being overlooked by Table Mountain and Devil's Peak. It is close to Newlands Stadium, which is a rugby union and football venue. The ground hosted its first Test match in March 1889 when England defeated South Africa by an innings and 202 runs. As of January 2011, there have been 46 Test matches played at the ground of which South Africa has won 17, their opponents 19 and 10 which ended in a draw. The last team besides Australia to beat South Africa there was New Zealand, in 1961

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Newlands Capacity:25,000 Cape Town (South Africa)
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