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.
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.
The Wanderers, Johannesburg (South Africa)
Johannesburg is an interesting cricket ground because of the way it was build, it has a bull ring style architecture and visiting teams often get under pressure by the home crowd. It hosted the first test match for South Africa which was played in 1956 and the home team lost while the first ODI took place in 1992 after South Africa’s international stature was renewed.
Wanderers Stadium was the venue when Australia defeated India in the final of 2003 world cup and then T20 final between India vs Pakistan in 2007.
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.
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.
Old Trafford, Manchester (England)
Having a capacity of 19000, it is the third ground in the country of England to host the most number of Test matches, after Lords and the Oval since it has hosted as many as 73 Tests.
Old Trafford is also said to be amongst the wettest grounds in England, which is probably the reason why it is still undergoing massive redevelopment plans. Yet, it continues to remain in favour of the England and Wales Cricket Board and is the home ground for Lancashire, which has produced cricketers such as Andrew Flintoff and James Anderson amongst popular cricketers from the last decade.
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.
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.