India’s favourite obsession is cricket and the next few months, when IPL is in full-swing, followed closely by the World Cup, are a perfect opportunity for us to indulge in this obsession. We bring to you a list of some of the most iconic cricket stadiums in India and a few interesting facts about these stadiums that have given us so many wonderful memories. Here are some cricket stadiums you can travel to throughout India:
From The Top of the World
The Chail Cricket ground in Himachal Pradesh is the highest cricket stadium in the world! Situated at an altitude of 2,444 metres and built by Bhupinder Singh, the erstwhile Maharaja of Patiala; undertaking a journey to this picturesque cricket ground is not for the fainthearted.
Surrounded by lush pine trees, you can glimpse the magnificence of the Himalayas at a vantage point from the ground. Visitors can travel to Chail from Chandigarh, Delhi and Shimla, all of which are present in a 300-kilometre radius.
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To The Oldest Cricket Stadium in India
The Eden Garden Stadium in Kolkata, located just off the banks of the iconic river Hooghly, was established in 1864 and often called “cricket’s answer to Colosseum”. It borrows its name from the Eden Gardens, the park adjacent to the stadium, which gets its name from its Biblical counterpart. It was also the second international cricket stadium to host a World Cup final in 1987.
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India’s Lucky Charm
The Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium is the home ground of many cricketing legends such as Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan. This 135-year-old stadium in Delhi has witnessed several historical record-breaking performances. It can be called a lucky charm for India because the Indian team hasn’t lost even a single test match here since 1987!
The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), that owns the stadium, honoured Virender Sehwag by renaming the stadium’s Gate #22 after him.
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Upcoming IPL Matches At Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium:
– May 4: Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals
A Fantastic Stadium
Known colloquially as Chepauk, the MA Chidambaram Stadium is set against the backdrop of the Bay of Bengal in Chennai. It is a dream ground for any cricket team that plays there as the crowd is known to be incredibly supportive.
Some of the distinctions that the ground holds include being the venue for the first Ranji Trophy match in 1934 and India’s first test victory in 1952.
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Upcoming IPL Matches At MA Chidambaram Stadium:
– May 1: Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals
– May 7: IPL Qualifier-1
The Celebrity Stadium
Though not an old stadium by any means- the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai has reached iconic status and is one of the preferred grounds for cricket matches in the country. It boasts of a seaside view and stands named after famous cricketers Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar among others. The stadium has also hosted several memorable matches, including 2011 World Cup final which India won.
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Upcoming IPL Matches At Wankhede Stadium:
– May 2: Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
– May 5: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Located at the heart of the city of Bangalore and flanked by the scenic Cubbon park, Chinnaswamy Stadium has the distinction of being the first stadium in the world to use solar panels to power the bulk of it.
While this ground certainly has its share of cricketing milestones under its bag, including the venue of the last match of Sunil Gavaskar, you’d be surprised to know that the 1996 Miss World pageant took place within the confines of this stadium!
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Upcoming IPL Matches At Chinnaswamy Stadium:
– May 4: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
This summer, power up your favourite Ford car and visit these iconic sites which are an absolute paradise for the cricket enthusiasts!