The 22-yard pitch has provided the Cricket World with a series of dramatic events from throughout the years since the Gentleman’s Game, Cricket has came to light. And Asia has been the nucleus of the game, with 4 of the major 10 teams are South Asian Countries in the likes of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. And it is a fact that Cricket is accepted as a religion in countries like India and Pakistan. And the largest number of Cricket Grounds are cited in these Asian Countries. India leads the chart with 49 international Cricket Stadiums.
In this very article, we are to emphasize upon the best Cricket Grounds in Asia. Here is the list of the Top 5 Cricket Grounds in Asia.
Top 5 Cricket Grounds in Asia
5. M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, India
This has been one of the prime Cricket Grounds of Southern India. This ground is constructed very well and separate stands are built by maintaining gaps in between to ensure that the stadium does not get over-heated on sultry days. This ground is the home to Chennai Super Kings in IPL and this ground is renowned for “Yellow Army”, referring to the fact that the entire crowd gets yellowed during CSK matches. This ground has shown stern support to Indian team every time an international match is played here. The ground was established in 1916. This ground has hosted 31 tests, 20 ODIs and a single T20 International. Some notable histories associated with the ground are:
- This ground hosted the second tied test in the history of World Cricket between India and Australia.
- Virender Sehwag scored 319 runs in a test innings against South Africa here.
- India won the test series against Australia in 2001 here.
4. Galle International Stadium, Galle, Sri Lanka
This ground makes its place in the list due to its scenic beauty. The stadium is fringed by Indian Ocean on two sides and is perhaps one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in the continent. This stadium suffered a terrible setback in 2004 when the stadium was badly inflicted by Tsunami. But the stadium was recovered well and was reconstructed to make it re-suitable to host international fixtures. This ground has a capacity of 35,000 people. This ground has hosted 22 tests and 4 ODIs. This ground has witnessed major attendances in quite a few occasions and this ground has been a center of run feast for the batsmen throughout.
3. Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Pakistan
For some it might seem surprising by the inclusion of this venue in this list. It is a fact that this ground was badly stained by the Terrorist Attack over the Sri Lankan team in 2009 which led to suspension of International Cricket in this country. But apart from those political and security viewpoints, this ground when viewed only by Cricketing aspect, stays as one of the great stadiums in the continent. This ground has a capacity of over 60,000 people and is one of the largest Cricket Grounds at present. This ground has been a nucleus of Cricket for Pakistan. Also, during important encounters this ground was jam-packed. This ground has hosted 44 Tests and 58 ODIs. Some of the notable histories associated with the ground are:
- Inzamam-ul-Haque’s innings of 329 runs against New Zealand in 2002 was made here.
- This ground hosted the 1996 World Cup Final.
- Wasim Akram took a hat-trick at this ground against Sri Lanka in 1999.
2. Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, India
This ground gets place in this list due to its constructional beauty. This is one of the most beautiful grounds in India and is a unique one with respect to its architecture. This ground has emerged to be one of the prime Cricket Stadiums of the World. In fact the last World Cup Final was held here where India were victorious. The first international match was held here in January, 1975. This ground was renovated particularly for the 2011 World Cup and the capacity was reduced to around 35,000 people. This ground too does not lack passion and on every occasion a stern Crowd Support for the home team was witnessed. This ground is home to Mumbai Indians in the IPL. This ground has hosted 22 Tests, 19 ODIs and a single T20 International. Some of the notable histories associated with the ground are:
- Sachin Tendulkar played his 200th Test Match here in November, 2013 against West Indies which was also his last international test.
- The World Cup Final of 2011 World Cup was held here where India won over Sri Lanka by 6 wickets to clinch World Cup title after 28 years.
1. Eden Gardens, Kolkata, India
As the name Eden suggests the garden of Heaven, the ground is no less beautiful than the name. The stands, the lush green outfield and the electrifying ambience in particular does make this ground as one of the best grounds in India and perhaps Asia. This ground was established in 1864 and it was one of the largest cricket grounds in the last decade, but due to renovation of the stadium, the capacity was reduced to 66,349 people. This ground has hosted 38 test matches, 27 ODIs and a single T20 International. This ground is home to Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL. Many cricketers desire to play international cricket in this ground and the home team always received ample support. This ground remains jam-packed in any international and IPL matches. Some of the notable histories associated with the ground are:
- Harbhajan Singh’s hat-trick against Australia in 2001.
- India’s win over Australia after being followed on in the same test.
- The 1996 World Cup Semi Final had to be called off due to crowd violence.
- The 1987 World Cup Final was held here between Australia and England.