Cricket is one of the most interesting games which is not only famous in Asia but in all over the World and cannot be played without a proper stadium. We all agree to this that watching a sport on the television doesn’t actually give us the same experience as the one you get at one of the largest stadiums in the world. There are several factors that determine how excellent a stadium actually is. Whether in terms of lighting, crowd capacity, pitches, facilities, aerial view and so on. DSport picked up 10 of the best cricket grounds around the world, just for you.
The Lords, Cricket Ground, London
The Home of Cricket, Lord’s, and this iconic ground gets our top spot. Built in 1814 and named after its founder, Thomas Lord. The Lords cricket ground is home to the Marylebone Cricket Club, and also the county team Middlesex of London who play their home matches at the Lords. It has been the venue for some of the greatest matches in cricket history and has seen 4 World Cup Finals: (1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999).This is one venue every cricket fan wants to see at least once in their lifetime.
The Oval, Kensington London
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. Built in 1845 and Located in Kensington London, The Oval was the venue to host the first ever test match in England against Australia. More suitably, 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. It also hosted the first ever FA Cup final in 1872 and the following year the first ever football match England’s national team played, which was against Scotland.
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne
MCG is the largest cricket stadium in the world, just like Lords it has so much history starting with international test matches against England back in 19th Century and till the 1992 World Cup when Pakistan defeated England in the final to win their first World Cup. Melbourne cricket ground has so much history on its side with hosting the first ever International Test Matches between Australian and England and also the first ever ODI matches in 1971 and against between Aussies and English cricket team and on both occasions Aussies went on to win. The stadium is located in the heart of the city and year and year out host a boxing Day test matches starting on 26th December which draws out huge crowds.
Eden Gardens, Kolkata India
Dubbed ‘cricket’s answer to the Colosseum’, Eden Gardens is one of India’s premier sporting venues and one of cricket’s most iconic grounds.Located in the city of Kolkata Eden Gardens has been a centre of international cricket since 1934 when England played India. It is the 2nd biggest ground in the world just behind Melbourne cricket ground. Eden Gardens possess a capacity of 90,000 and hosted some of the great games in world cricket famously that 1987 World Cup match against Pakistan which India won by 2 wickets.
Newlands, Cape Town South Africa
Undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful grounds in the world. Newlands sits in the shadow of South Africa’s Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak. Since the first Test match was played here in 1889 when England defeated South Africa by an innings and 202 runs the ground has hosted more than 50 Tests, of which South Africa have won 18. Newlands is also one of the most result-oriented grounds in the country.
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney Australia
It was established back in 1864 and has been a regular on international scene hosting many New Year’s Eve test matches. It is a multi-sport style stadium in Australia which is mainly used for hosting international cricket matches. Australian rules football and rugby matches are also played at this ground. Recently hosted the semifinals of 2015 cricket world cup.
HPCA Stadium, Dharamshala, India
Barely a decade old, this cricket ground in the hometown of the Dalai Lama has to be one of the world’s most picturesque, sitting almost 5,000ft above sea level at the foot of the snow-capped Himalayan mountains. The stadium is home to the Himachal Pradesh cricket team and hosts a number of Indian Premier League matches – during which the Kings XI Punjab take up residence and the ground is packed with raucous supporters. Although there have only been two One Day Internationals played here (India vs. England 2013, India vs. West Indies 2014) the success of the IPL matches is encouraging and we may see more taking place in the future. It is a truly unique venue (imagine coming into bowl from the Himalaya End) with plenty of stunning scenery to keep you captivated during the breaks.
Eden Park Auckland – New Zealand
Eden Park in Auckland is by far the biggest sports stadium in New Zealand and it is used for both Rugby and Cricket International teams of New Zealand. Eden Park is home to New Zealand rugby team in the winter and cricket in the summer. It has hosted two Rugby world cup finals and cricket fans around the world often complain about the short boundaries of this ground.
The WACA, Perth Australia
Another Australian ground with great history behind it, the WACA pitch is always famous for its bounce and fast track where some of the greatest bowlers put up magnificent bowling performances over the years. Most recently Brett Lee has enjoyed great success on this ground.
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.
Kensington Oval, Barbados West Indies
It has been existent since the last 130 years although the first Test match played here was between West Indies and England in January 1930. Alongside the WACA, the Kensington Oval was once upon a time said to have one of the fastest pitches in world cricket, so much so that it used to create shivers amongst many opposition batsmen when they came out to bat. Half the battle was already won by the West Indies, which is why they used to win an innumerable amount of Test matches at this venue, especially when they were at their prime, in the 70s and 80s under Clive Lloyd.