India is the hub of cricket now. Since India won the 1983 World Cup in England, they have become a superpower in the world of cricket. Board of Control for Cricket in India or BCCI is the richest cricket board in the world. India is also home to the maximum number of cricket stadiums in the world. So, how many cricket stadiums are there in India?
India has 52 cricket stadiums that host international matches, easily taking the top spot in this list. The second country is England which has just 23 stadiums that host international matches.
However, there are only 23 active stadiums in India. So, how many cricket stadiums are there in India that take the top spots in hosting most international matches? CricChronicle makes the list of top 5 such stadiums.
|Eden Gardens, Kolkata||42||30||7||79||80,000|
|Arun Jaitley Stadium, New Delhi||34||25||6||65||41000|
|MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai||34||22||2||58||50,000|
|Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai||24||22||7||53||33,000|
|Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad||14||23||6||43||1,32,000|
Eden Gardens in Kolkata
Eden Gardens was the largest cricket stadium in India until the Narender Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad surpassed it recently. It could house as many as 80,000 spectators. It is also the oldest stadium in the world, having been built in 1864. It is also called the Mecca of Indian cricket. Over the years, it has hosted some memorable matches, and some forgettable games as well.
The 2001 Test between India and Australia when Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman remain undefeated on the fourth day of the match remains the most memorable Test match here. However, the 1996 World Cup semi-final between India and Sri Lanka when spectators were evicted after they turned hostile is a forgettable match here.
How India has fared at the Eden Gardens
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Arun Jaitley Stadium, New Delhi
It was earlier known as Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. It has named its four stands after former cricketers – Mohinder Amarnath, Bishen Singh Bedi, Gautam Gambhir – and current Indian captain Virat Kohli.
This ground, which was built in 1883, saw some memorable landmarks such as Sunil Gavaskar’s equalling Sir Don Bradman’s tally of 29 Test tons, and Anil Kumble posting its 10-wicket haul against Pakistan in 1999.
But it was also banned for a year by ICC after an ODI between India and Sri Lanka in 2009 was called off as the pitch was declared unfit to play.
How India has fared at the Arun Jaitley Stadium
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MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
This ground, which was built in 1916, is host to many firsts. It hosted India’s first-ever Test victory in 1952 against England, and the first-ever Ranji Trophy match in 1936. The tied India-Australia Test match in 1986 – only the second such match in the history of the game – was also held here. It is also known as Chepauk Stadium.
The stadium has seen many landmarks. Virender Sehwag posted his second triple ton (319) on this ground. Besides, Karun Nair also posted his triple ton (303*) here. Sunil Gavaskar posted his 30th Test ton here to break Sir Don Bradman’s record of 29 Test tons.
How India has fared at the Chepauk Stadium
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Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
It is one of the popular stadiums in India and occupies a special place among the fans. India won the 2011 World Cup final on this ground. Indian cricketing god Sachin Tendulkar bade farewell to the gentleman’s game with an emotional speech here. On this ground, Ravi Shastri cracked 6 sixes in an over in a Ranji Trophy match.
The stadium has named its stands on its favourite local heroes such as Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar. This ground is home to Mumbai Indians. The Wankhede Stadium is known for big scores due to its flat pitch and small ground.
How India has fared at the Wankhede Stadium
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Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
It was built in 1983 and called the Gujarat Stadium. It was later renamed to Sardar Patel Stadium to honour India’s first Deputy Prime Minister, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
The stadium was demolished in 2015 and renovated at a cost of Rs 800 crore to house 132,000 spectators by 2020. It is now the largest stadium in the world. It was renamed Narendra Modi Stadium to honour the current Prime Minister of India.
At this ground, Sunil Gavaskar became the first cricketer to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket. Kapil Dev broke Sir Richard Hadlee’s highest Test wickets record of 431 wickets at this ground.
How India has fared at the Narendra Modi Stadium
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