In India, cricket sport has an incredible fan base. And internationally, cricket is the 2nd most-played game in the world, giving tough competition to other sports such as soccer, basketball, etc.
There are over 2 billion cricket fans in the world, which, indeed, is a huge number. And when there is such a huge fan base for a sport, the ground for playing the sport should be big enough to accommodate a massive crowd during the event, i.e. cricket match, right?
So, what do you think? How many such big, best stadiums in the world? Well, you would say, “too many,” right?
But do you know that some notably big stadiums are there? Do you know the names?
Keep reading this till the end and explore the 5 best cricket stadiums in the world.
#1. Gujarat’s Motera Cricket Stadium
In India, Motera Cricket Stadium is the biggest cricket stadium of all. This stadium is now been renamed, and its new name is Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium, Gujarat.
This cricket stadium was originally established and opened in the year 1982 with a capacity of 49,000 audiences, then it was renovated in the year 2006 and its capacity increased to 54,000 then ended up being demolished in the year 2015.
Narendra Modi Stadium was inaugurated by the former President of the United States, Donald Trump in February 2020. This stadium has a boasting and stunning audience capacity of 1, 10,000.
On February 24, 2021, this stadium organized its first international cricket match.
#2. Australia’s Melbourne Cricket Ground
This cricket stadium holds historical significance, the world’s first cricket test match was played on this iconic and most modern cricket ground, in March 1887.
The audience capacity of this stadium is 100,024 and it provides numerous corporate facilities. Audiences get a variety of food and beverages option.
This stadium has been renovated and its Australian gallery of sports has been expanded and is also a part of the National Sports Museum that is equipped with interactive devices.
#3. India’s Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium
This is the oldest and the 2nd largest cricket ground in India, established in 1864. This stadium is also popular as “The Mecca of Indian Cricket.”
With a capacity of 66,349, it has hosted World Cup and Asia Cup, and many other prestigious cricket tournaments, which include the first ODI (on this ground, i.e. Eden Gardens) that was played between India and Pakistan, on February 18, 1987.
#4. India’s Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium
Being the 3rd largest stadium in India, Shaheed Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium is situated in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. This stadium is also called Naya Raipur International Cricket Stadium. The audience capacity of this stadium is 65, 000.
In the year 2010, Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh Cricket Stadium held its first match, which was played between the Canadian National Cricket team and Chhattisgarh Cricket team.
According to Wikipedia, Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh Cricket Stadium is the 4th largest cricket stadium in the world and the 3rd in India.
This stadium is also the 2nd home venue of the Indian Premier League’s Delhi Daredevils (this team is now known as Delhi Capitals).
#5.Australia’s Perth Stadium
With a capacity of 60,000 audiences, Perth cricket stadium is owned by the Western Australian State Government. And it is one of the most expensive stadiums in Australia. This multi-purpose stadium is currently known as Optus Stadium, and it officially opened on January 21, 2022, with a total audience capacity of 61,266 – which makes it the third-largest stadium in Australia.
Above were the 5 best playgrounds for the 2nd most-played game in the world – cricket. And three of the world’s five best cricket stadiums, are situated in India, and for the Indians, it is something to be proud of and to feel good about.