In every country, there will be unique and iconic stadiums. That stadium may belong to any sport depending upon the craze for the game in that country. Everyone will agree that Whatever the sport is the first thing that pops into your mind if there is match going to be held. The first question that comes to our mind is where?? and when??
When it comes to the game called cricket. Ground, Climate conditions, pitch plays a significant role. That is the reason cricket association will do their background work before fixing a venue. Not only the weather and pitch, but stadium capacity will also a thing to consider before setting a venue.
Though, we can watch live streaming on smartphones and TVs. But watching a match in the stadium and cheering for your favorite team is a different experience.
After doing some serious research, here we are giving you the list of best cricket grounds from all around the world.
Apologies in advance, if we miss any one of your favorite venues and please let us know we will include that as well.
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne
MCG is also called as “The G.” The first ever test cricket match was held between England and Australia in Melbourne on 15th March 1877, the first ever one day international also played between England and Australia in 1971 on the same ground. It is located in Victoria city. Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), capacity is 100,024. Opened in 1853 and owned by the Government of Victoria and Operates by Melbourne Cricket Club. The largest sports ground in Australia, in the Southern Hemisphere, this ground is largest regarding capacity and has the greatest light towers of any sporting venue. The MCG is within walking range of the city center and is also a part of the Melbourne sports Entertainment.
Since 1853 MCG hosted for two ICC world cups 1992 and 2015 respectively, it is the stadium not only for cricket but also the venue for almost all sports such as 1956 summer Olympics, 2006 commonwealth games, international Football matches, Rugby matches and much more sports got held here. Journalist Greg Baum called it “a landmark, a shrine, a citadel, a totem” that “symbolizes Melbourne to the world.”
The Oval, Kensington London
The Oval, which is know named as Kia Oval because of sponsorship reasons. It was inaugurated in the year 1845, and this ground has the name to opens the English men cricket test match in England in 1880.
The name itself it looks like the Oval shape and inspires the other stadiums to build not only in circle form.
Although the sole reason for building this ground is a cricket ground, The Kia oval hosted for a lot of other games like England’s first international football match, the first FA Cup final, England vs. Scotland rugby international matches, Rugby’s first Varsity match, final of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.
The first Test double hundred was scored at The Oval in 1884. The one to reach this milestone is Australia’s Billy Murdoch, and South Africa was the second nation invited by England to the Kia Oval in 1907.
The first ODI match held here in 1973 between West indies and England in 1973. This stadium has recorded for the highest world cup matches of 1975, 1979,1983 and 1999. As well it was the venue for 2004 Champions trophy finals.
And do not get confused with Kensington Oval, it’s located in Bridgetown, St. Michael, Barbados, it’s also one of the best ground and is also one of the fastest pitch.
Eden Gardens, Kolkata India
Compared to other countries India has the highest number of cricket stadiums, and of them, with largest seating capacity around 66,349, Eden Gardens stands first. It is located in Kolkata, West Bengal.
Though India has many stadiums, it is often called as India’s home ground and likable by most of the Foreign players. It is the home ground for Shahrukh khan’s IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR) who won the IPL title twice.
It was established in 1864, but the first international test match was held in 1934 against to England.
This stadium is occasionally venue for Association football matches.
The highest individual ODI score record holder Rohith Sharma made his 264 runs in this ground only against Srilanka in 2014. It was the venue for 1987,1996 and 2011(league matches) ICC world cups and 2016 ICC World Twenty20
1978, 1997 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup and 2016 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 was held in Eden Gardens.
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney (Australia)
One more best ground from Australia only it is SCG located in Sydney and established in 1848 and seating capacity is around 44,000 and second biggest in Australia
It is the ground used for all type of cricket matches test, ODI and world T-20
- It is the home ground for league teams the New South Wales and the Sydney Sixers.
- This is also a home ground for the Sydney Swans Australian Football League club.
- It hosts for not only cricket but also other sports such as Football, Rugby, Empire games, including Motor racing and Tennis.
- One of the Honorable bowlers of all time Shane Warne Bowled his last ball in this stadium only.
The Wanderers, Johannesburg (South Africa)
The Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, located in Johannesburg in Gauteng Province, South Africa. It is the home ground for the Highveld Lions, formerly known as Gauteng (Transvaal).
This ground has one of the most robust pitches for a batsman to play. Obviously most useful for bowlers and especially the pacers and inswing bowlers. The Wanderers hosted the 2003 World cup final, 2007 ICC World Twenty20.
One of the most notable chases in cricket history, Australia vs. South Africa, 434 chased down by South Africa happened here.
In this stadium, Mr.360, AB de Villiers broke the 19-year-old record of Sri Lankan legend Sanath Jayasuriya, by reaching 50 off 16 balls and also the fastest century in 31 balls in ODI.