India is the biggest player of world cricket and has more cricket stadiums than any other country in the world, It is simply because of the geographical size of the country and the volume of cricket fans that live in it.
India not only has the highest number of cricket stadiums, but it has also got some of the biggest cricket stadiums in the world. The atmosphere created by the Indian fans in all the stadiums around the country during a match and also, during the IPL (Indian Premier League) is nothing short of extraordinary. Here are the 5 biggest cricket stadiums in India:
Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad – Seating capacity 110,000
Motera Stadium is located in Ahmedabad and is operated by the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA). The stadium is now the largest cricket stadium in the world at the moment in terms of the seating capacity. This is not a new stadium and was built way back in the 80s, but its seating capacity was less than 50,000 as compared to the new stadium till 2012. However, the stadium was renovated and the number of seats increased significantly and so have the facilities.
A historic match was played here in the Motera Stadium during the world cup. One of the quarter-finals of the ODI World Cup 2011 was played here between India and Australia, which India won by beating Australia by five wickets en route to winning the World Cup after 28 years. Motera is also the stadium where Sunil Gavaskar became the first player to complete 10,000 Test runs.
Eden Gardens, Kolkata – Seating Capacity 68,000
Eden Gardens in the state of Kolkata was the biggest cricket stadium in India before the renovation of the Motera Stadium. Its seating capacity has reduced over the years, but it can still hold a very high number of people.
Eden Gardens is known for its electric atmosphere. The Indian cricket team has played some unforgettable matches here, none bigger than the Test match against Australia in 2001. India beat the mighty Australian side in that Test, despite conceding a follow-on in the first innings.
Through 2017, Eden Gardens was the stadium that had hosted the maximum International matches in India that included 40 Test Matches, 31 ODIs, 6 T20Is, 4 Women ODIs, and 1 Woman T20I. In all, it has hosted 82 International matches.
The final match of the ICC world 20-20 in the year 2016 was held at the Eden Gardens, where West Indies took home the title beating England in a closely fought match.
Eden Gardens became the first-ever stadium in India to host a day-night Test match as well. The historic day-night Test was played between India and Bangladesh, which the hosts won convincingly.
Naya Raipur International Cricket Stadium, Raipur – Seating Capacity 65,000
Naya Raipur International Cricket Stadium is a newly built stadium and is located in Naya Raipur, the capital city of Chhattisgarh. Apart from its seating capacity, this stadium also has a huge playing area with large boundaries, unlike some of the other grounds in India which have got short boundaries. It’s not easy to clear the boundaries at this ground, for any batsman in the world.
This is not a home ground to any IPL franchise, however, Delhi Daredevils (now renamed Delhi Capitals) have played a couple of their games at this venue in the past and the crowd turned up in huge numbers to watch those games. Because of its sheer size, it looks fascinating when it’s houseful and it’s one of the big stadiums which can host a lot of important matches in the future.
Apart from the IPL, the matches of the now-defunct Champions League were also held at the Naya Raipur International Cricket Stadium in 2014. Champions League was a tournament that was played between the top teams of various T20 leagues around the world.
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad – Seating Capacity 55,000
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium is also fairly new and has become one of the Test grounds of India already. It recently hosted a Test match against Bangladesh, when Bangladesh toured India for a Test series for the first time since being given the Test status in 2000.
However, the former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Y.S. Rajashekhar Reddy decided to change the name to Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in the fond memory of former Prime Minister of India. As per the contract the government was required to pay 5 times the contract price to Visakha Industries. However the Govt. somehow escaped paying 43 crores, i.e. the contract price only.
Bangladesh got their Test Status in the year 2000 and played their first-ever test series in India at this ground in 2017 when Bangladesh toured India and played the first-ever Ganguly Durjoy trophy match.
The most memorable match played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium was the final of IPL 2017, where Mumbai Indians beat Rising Pune Supergiant by just one run to clinch the title.
M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai | Seating capacity 50,000
The M.A. Chidambaram Stadium is the 3rd oldest stadium in India built in Chennai and named after former President of BCCI, Mr. M.A. Chidambaram. It is the home ground for the Tamil Nadu cricket team of the Indian Premier League and named as Chennai Super Kings. This stadium is one of the oldest and most iconic stadiums in India.
The crowd at the Chepauk stadium is known as the most appreciative crowd in the country. They gave a standing ovation to the Pakistani cricketer Saeed Anwar for scoring a smashing 194 against India in the ODI in 1997
It is a huge stadium with a seating capacity of 55,000, but in recent times, it has not been able to hold as many spectators as its capacity because of the manufacturing issues related to some of the stands. However, those issues are sorted now and the stadium is expected to be buzzing during the upcoming IPL.
The Chidambaram Stadium, which is also known as Chepauk, is most famous for the Test match played between India and Pakistan in 1999.