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Bleed Blue: Top celebrated Indian cricket stadiums to keep up with the T20 sports fever.

India, undeniably, is one of the most diverse nations in the world. India’s languages, religions, food and customs differ from place to place within the country. But if there is one thing which unites the nation without a hitch, it’s cricket. From a school going kid to a retired old individual, the craze of cricket news and cricket games has enchanted every Indian. The sport is the fastest way of befriending an Indian in the form of exchanging excerpts from cricket news. Indians may or may not have any other application but CricBuzz is undoubtedly on everyone’s home screens and this app for cricket news is known to be used by more than 50 million people worldwide. Not just that, there are now a great number of apps available to play cricket games online. Cricket 07, in recent years, has grown to become one of the most popular cricket games in India.

There are various formats of the game but the ongoing one is 2019 t20 Blast currently being played in England and Wales. A defining feature of T20 is its glamour in the form of catchy songs during breaks, enthusiastic cheerleaders and glitzy presenters. T20 cricket, thus, has a unique blend of entertainment and sport, and often a combination of these two can be seen on the ground itself. Hence, lined up for you are the top celebrated Indian cricket stadiums to keep up with the t20 sports fever.

Top 5 T-20 Sports Stadiums In India

  1. Eden Gardens, Kolkata
  2. Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
  3. Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamshala
  4. M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
  5. M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

1. Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Established in 1864, Eden Garden is the oldest cricket stadium in India. Informally regarded as India’s home of cricket, the ground has been referred to as “cricket’s answer to the Colosseum,” and is widely acknowledged to be one of the most iconic cricket stadiums in the world because of its capacity.  Eden Garden capacity currently stands at 68,000. Hosting matches in major international competitions including the World Cup, World Twenty20 and Asia Cup, Eden garden capacity amuses people from all across the globe.

Eden Gardens, Kolkata
 Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Celebrated for its large and enthusiastic crowds,  former Indian Captain and Kolkata Native Sourav Ganguly confessed once in an interview that the roar of the crowd at the stadium he heard when India defeated Australia in the Second Test of 2000–01 Border–Gavaskar Trophy was the loudest he had ever heard.

Some of the major records are made on this field like VVS Laxman and Mohammed Azharuddin scoring 5 centuries each and Kuldeep Yadav becoming the third bowler for India to take a hat-trick in an ODI against Australia on this ground. The highest runs scored in IPL (232/2) at Eden Gardens were on 28 April 2019 made by Kolkata Knight Riders on their home ground against Mumbai Indians.

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2. Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai 

Fondly remembered by the 2011 Cricket World Cup Final, in which India defeated Sri Lanka by 6 wickets, Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai has been host to several eminent matches in the past. Wankhede Stadium capacity is that of 33,108, following renovations before which the stadium capacity was approximately 45,000. Since Mumbai was selected to host the final of the ICC World Cup Cricket 2011, it was decided to redevelop the ground to suit the modern facilities and comfort of spectators.

Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
The grandeur of Wankhede Stadium

One of the highlights of Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai is the suspended cantilever roofs that are lighter in weight and heat resistant. There is no beam supports for the roof to ensure that the spectators will have a better view. 

The stadium is known for some very iconic moments. The very last match of Sachin Tendulkar’s international career was witnessed at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The ground was the host to the match wherein Ravi Shastri hit six sixes in an over. In addition, who can ever forget the controversy of King Khan Shah Rukh being banned from the stadium premises for a total of 5 years.

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3. Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamshala

Situated at an altitude of 1,457 m above the sea level with snow-capped Himalayan Mountains in the background, the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamshala is a picturesque venue that is unique in India. It serves as the home ground for the Himachal Pradesh cricket team for Ranji Trophy matches. The first One Day International (ODI) at this stadium was played between India and England on 27 January 2013 while the first Test at this stadium was played between India and Australia from 25–29 March 2017.

Dharamshala Cricket Stadium
The picturesque atmosphere of Dharamshala stadium.

With a capacity of 23,000, the ground is as beautiful as the Adelaide Oval and Newlands, if not more. Another impressive feature of this small and glittering plate is its openness and small-sized stands, which allow the winds to sweep across, giving fast bowlers assistance in the air. The venue is the first in India to use winter rye grass scattered around the outfield, which prevents the grass from dying when temperatures fall below 10 degrees.

The harsh winters, during which it rains and snows, can be deterrents to organizing international matches here but it hosted its first ODI in January 2013, despite snow falling at the ground in the preceding weeks. The 2010 expansion of the IPL further brought Dharamshala under wider attention to become one of India’s most celebrated stadiums.

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4. M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

Fringed by scenic Cubbon Park, Queen’s Road and uptown MG Road, this four-decade-old M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore is situated in the heart of the city. This stadium with a seating capacity of around 40,000  not only regularly hosts Test cricket, One Day Internationals (ODI) and other First-class cricket matches, but also other musical and cultural events.

M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
The colourful hues of sunset at M Chinnaswamy stadium.

M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru is the home ground of the Karnataka state cricket team and the Indian Premier League franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore. Owned by the Government of Karnataka, it is the first cricket stadium in the world to use solar panels to generate a bulk of the electricity needed to run the stadium. This is a part of the “Go Green” initiative of the KSCA.

M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru has several records of its own. The venue was given Test status in 1974-75 when it hosted the starting match between India and the West Indies which is much remembered for the introduction of two cricket legends – Gordon Greenidge and Viv Richards. The stadium is historically related to Indian cricket as Sunil Gavaskar played his last Test innings against Pakistan here. Floodlights were mounted at the ground for the first time in 1996 when it hosted the epic quarter-final conflict between India and Pakistan in the World Cup.

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5.  M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai is the third oldest cricket stadium in the country. It is the home ground of the Tamil Nadu cricket team and the Indian Premier League team Chennai Super Kings. Fondly nicknamed as the Chepauk stadium, M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai hosted its first Test Match in 1934, Ranji Trophy Match in 1936 and Indian cricket team’s first-ever test victory in 1952 against England. Interestingly, the 1986 India-Australia match held at Chepauk was only the second-ever Tied Test in the history of the game.

M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
An alluring evening at M A Chidambaram Satdium

According to the M.A Chidambaram Stadium Pitch Report, when the pitches were uncovered and unattended to, it used to help the fast bowlers. However, since India started playing the spin quartet the wickets were made spin-friendly and taking a look at the stats gives a clear indication as to what type of bowlers hold the aces on the Chepauk wicket.

With a capacity of 50,000, the stadium has gone through several changes like the addition of floodlights in 1996 and the reconstruction in 2009 to accommodate more people and give state-of-art facility. The most captivating thing about the ground, however, is the impartial, well-informed and supportive crowd. Saeed Anwar got a standing ovation when he made a record-breaking 194. When Pakistan won the 1999 Test, the team received good appreciation from the crowd and as a mark of respect, the Pakistani team also took a lap of honour around the ground.

M. A. Chidambaram Stadium IPL records are world-famous. Over the years, Chepauk has been Dhoni’s happy hunting ground and he has scored bucket-loads of runs at this famous venue.  Andre Russell played the CSK bowlers to register his highest score on this ground in the IPL helping KKR in 2019. Even though CSK boasted of a tremendous record at home in 2019, 3 of CSK’s last 4 defeats at the MA Chidambaram Stadium have come against Rohit Sharma’s side. In fact, CSK has not beaten Mumbai Indians at home since 2010.

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Cricket is a religion followed by millions all over India. There is no comparison of watching a match live versus watching it on television. Once you are into the stands and see the lush green outfield, the enthusiasm knows no bounds with the picturesque settings and aesthetic appeal of the grounds. Owing to this obsession, the above top celebrated Indian cricket stadiums never fail to cast a spell on the staunch cricket-lovers.

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