Cricket is the world’s 4th most watched sports and like football and rugby, the game originated in England and then spread to various English colonies. Just like the game, the stadiums have also come a long way from their early days, the best cricket stadium around world are as amazing as some of the best football or Olympic stadiums. Here are the Top 10 Cricket Stadiums.
10. Old Trafford
At number 10 in our list of Cricket Stadiums. we have Old Trafford in Manchester, England. Not to be confused with the iconic home ground of the Manchester United, Old Trafford Cricket Stadium is just five minutes away from the famous football stadium. Established in 1857, it is as much seeped in heritage as the Old Trafford football ground. It is also third in the list of stadiums that have hosted the most test matches in England after The Lords and The Oval.
9. Dharamshala Stadium
At number 9 in our list of Cricket Stadiums. we have Dharamshala Stadium in Dharamshala city of Himachal Pradesh. One of the most beautiful stadiums the whole world, it has the snow capped peaks on Himalayas in the background and is situated 4,780 ft above sea level. It is home ground of the Himachal Pradesh team in the Ranji Trophy and has hosted home games of Kings XI Punjab in the IPL.
8. The WACA
At number 8 in our list we have The WACA which stands for West Australian Cricket Association and is located in Perth, Australia. It has been a really popular venue for Test matches from 1970s. Its proximity to the sea helps the bowlers to swing the ball to a great degree as the sea breeze aids them. It’s pitch is one of the fastest pitches in the world and so is often called “Fast bowlers Paradise”.
7. Eden Park
At number 7 in our list of Cricket Stadiums is Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. It is by far one of the biggest Cricket stadiums in New Zealand and it’s gorgeous location and great weather has made it favorite of many cricketers. It has short boundaries with fast outfield and thus is a delight for batsmen to see the ball race to boundary while fast bowlers enjoy its pitch that gives them great swing. All in all, it is a great stadium to watch good cricket.
6. The Wanderers
At number 6 in our list we have The Wanderers in Johannesburg in South Africa. Wanderers is to South Africa what Lords is to England, and so it’s also called “home of South African Cricket”. Built back in 1956, it hosted the first ever Test that was played in South Africa. In recent times it has hosted the World Cup final of 2003 and T20 World Cup final in 2007. It was also the place where South Africa made the highest successful run chase in history when they chased down Australia’s 434.
5. The Oval
At number 5 in our list of Cricket Stadiums is The Oval in Kensington, London. Just like The Lords, The Oval is one of the most iconic and historical cricket stadiums. It was the venue for the first ever Test Cricket Match in England that was against Australia and over the years many memorable Ashes matches have been fought at this stadium. Apart from cricket, The Oval was also the venue of the first ever FA Cup final.
4. Eden Gardens
At number 4 in our list of Cricket Stadiums is Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India. Eden Gardens is one of the most iconic cricket stadiums in the world and with a capacity of 90,000 it is second to only Melbourne Cricket Ground. Apart from the sheer beauty of this stadium what actually makes it special are the fans. Indian is probably the most cricket crazy nation in the world and the atmosphere when India plays here is out of this world.
3. Sydney Cricket Ground
At number 3 in our list of Cricket Stadiums is Sydney Cricket Stadium in Australia which is also known as SCG. The SCG is also a multi-sport stadium that hosts international cricket matches along with football and rugby matches. A really popular venue since its establishment in 1864, it has been the scene of many memorable matches and also controversial incident involving Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds.
2. Melbourne Cricket Ground
Number 2 in our list of Cricket Stadiums is Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia. It is one of the most beautiful stadiums in the world and has a lot of history to it. It has hosted the first ever Test match and also the first ever ODI, apart from that it has been the scene of two World Cup finals as well. It is one of the largest cricket grounds in the world with a capacity of 95,000 and is actually a multi-sports stadium as rugby and football is also player here.
1. The Lords Cricket Ground
At the top of our list of Cricket Stadiums 2017 is none other than The Lords in England. The most historic cricket stadium in the world, it is often called the “home of cricket”. The Lords was established by Thomas Lord in 1814 and since then it has been one of the finest and premier cricket grounds in the whole world and has been the venue for most number of World Cup finals (1975, 1979, 1983, 1999). For players it a great honor to be able to play here while for the hardcore cricket fans Lords no less than a site of pilgrimage.
These stadiums in our List of Cricket Stadiums 2017 are some of the best and iconic stadiums in the world and a true cricket fan should experience a cricket match in each of these at least one in his life.