One of the most popular sports around the world, Cricket is a much-loved game in all its formats – Test, ODI and T20I. In the popularity of the game, the stadiums have been turned into huge concrete structures to seat the most number of spectators. There are a large number of cricket grounds in the world, some are known more for their picturesque setting and aesthetic appeal, while others are more popular as pitch-perfect venues.
Lord’s, London, England
The Lord’s Cricket Ground in London is iconic is its own right. Known as the Home of Cricket, the ground was built in the year 1814 and owes its name to Thomas Lord, a renowned cricketer. For every cricketer, this is a must-visit venue, not just to watch a game but also because it houses the world’s oldest sporting museum – the MCC Museum. The museum contains some of the most celebrated collection of cricketing memorabilia. Relive your best memories of the game as the ground has hosted some of the greatest matches in cricket history and seen 4 World Cup Finals, namely of 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999.
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne, Australia
World’s largest cricket ground, MCG was founded in 1854 and has much history attached to its name. It was the first ground in the world to host the first ever International Test match in the year 1877 between Australia and England. Interestingly, it was also the first ground in the world to host the first ever One-day International in 1971 between Australia and England, again. To visit Melbourne, you can easily book flights online on websites like ixigo for a hassle-free experience.
Eden Gardens, Kolkata, India
The second biggest cricketing ground in the world, Eden Gardens has been the centre of attraction since 1934, when it hosted its first test match against England. This cricket ground, which is often known as ‘Cricket’s answer to the Colosseum’, has witnessed some of the greatest cricketing clashes. It is also home to one of India’s most successful captains, Sourav Ganguly and also to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), a IPL franchise owned by Bollywood Superstar, Shah Rukh Khan. While you’re at it, take a few days and explore the city while staying at some of the best hotels in Kolkata.
Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa
One of the most beautiful cricketing venues around the world, Newlands Cricket Ground has a breathtaking view of the Table Mountain surrounding the stadium. Whether the weather is sunny or foggy, whether it is sunrise, sunset or nighttime, the view from the stadium is incomparably incredible. It is also home to some of the most iconic players in the world, namely Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis, Mark Boucher and Herschelle Gibbs.
Darren Sammy Cricket Ground, St. Lucia, West Indies
Darren Sammy Cricket Ground, previously popular as Beausejour Cricket Ground, was built in the year 2002. It is surrounded by Beausejour Hills, due to which it got its previous name. It is counted among one of the most beautiful cricketing ground in the world and was one of the venues of the 2007 Cricket World Cup. It has been renamed to Darren Sammy Cricket Ground as a tribute to the player, Darren Sammy, who captained West Indies to a historic win in 2016 ICC World Cup T20.
The Wanderers, Johannesburg, South Africa
Renowned for its unique architecture, The Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg was built in the year 1956. It has been designed in a bull ring style architecture and visiting teams often get overwhelmed by the deafening noise made by the home crowd. The ground is a historically significant cricket ground and has hosted some of the most important matches in ODI and T20I history. The stadium has also witnessed many cricketing world records.
Have you ever watched a game at any one these venues? Which ones are on your travel bucket list?