List of the world’s best international cricket grounds.
Cricket is a very interesting game. It is one of the most famous games not only in India but all over the world. It is played almost everywhere. By far several new nations became members of The International Cricket Council (ICC). Cricket is a gentlemen’s game and is played between two teams of eleven players on a field at the center of which is a 20-meter (22-yard) pitch with a wicket at each end, each containing two bails balanced on three stumps.
There are various features in which the pleasure of spectating a cricket match depends and a stadium is one of them.
1.Lord’s Cricket Ground
Location: St John’s Wood, London, NW8
Lord’s Cricket Ground, commonly known as Lord’s, is a cricket venue located in St John’s Wood London. Lord’s is globally referred to as the Home of Cricket. It is owned by Marylebone Cricket Club which was founded in 1787. Lord’s is the home of the MCC Museum, which is the oldest sports museum in the world and contains the world’s most celebrated collection of cricket relics, includingThe Ashes urn. It has been the venue for several greatest matches in the history of cricket including 5 World Cup finals. The last World Cup final played at Lord’s was between England(Host) and New Zealand on 14 July 2019 in which Englan won the match and lifted the ICC CWC trophy for the first time. Lord’s is one of the best cricket stadiums in the world.
Location: Kennington, London, United Kingdom
The Oval is one of the biggest and best cricket stadiums in the world. It has been the home to the Surrey County Cricket Club since it was established. The Oval was the first cricket ground in England to host international Test Cricket(England v Australia) in September 1880. It has been the most successful cricket venue for England against Australia.
The Oval was also the venue for the first international football match between England and Scotland in 1870. The 1872 FA Cup Final was held at Kennington Oval between Wanderers and Royal Engineers on 16 March. The Oval was the final of the first staging of the Football Association Challenge Cup which later on became the primary cup competition in English football and the oldest football competition in the world.
3. Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
Location: East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) commonly known as ‘The G’ is one of the best and 10th biggest stadium in the world and is home to the Melbourne Cricket Club. It is the largest cricket ground in terms of capacity and has the tallest light towers. The MCG was the main stadium for the 1956 Olympic Games, hosting the opening and closing ceremonies, track and field events, and the finals. During World War II, the MCG was demanded by the government for military use. The stadium gives a spectacular view of a cricket match. It is referred to as the heart and soul of Melbourne.
4. Eden Gardens
Location: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Eden Gardens is currently the biggest cricket stadium in India. The stadium is well-maintained and also the oldest cricket stadium in India. It is the home ground of the Bengal Cricket Team and the IPL franchise cricket team, Kolkata Knight Riders. Eden Gardens is often referred to as India’s home of cricket. It is one of the most iconic cricket stadiums in the world. Eden Gardens has hosted several matches including the World Cup, World Twenty20, and Asia cup. The 2016 ICC World T20 final was held at the Eden Gardens where the West Indies beat England in a closely fought encounter.
5. The Wanderers
Location: Illovo, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa
It is also one of the most iconic cricket stadiums in the world. It has a spectacular view. It had hosted the 2009 IPL second semi-final and the final in which the Deccan Chargers beat the Royal Challengers Banglore to grab the championship title. It has hosted some of the most important matches in ODI and T20I history and contains a number of outstanding world records.
The 2003 Cricket World Cup final was held at the Wanderers Stadium. The stadium had also hosted one of the greatest One-day international matches, played between South Africa and Australia in which a world record score of 434 was chased down by South Africa. It hosted matches of the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 including the first match and the final which was won by India, who defeated Pakistan.
In a T20 played on 11 January 2015, between West Indies and South Africa, West Indies chased a world record score of 236 in any T20 International cricket match.
On 18 January 2015, AB de Villiers broke the 19-year-old record for the fastest ODI half-century, previously held by Sri Lankan Legend Sanath Jayasuriya, by smashing 50 off 16 balls against the West Indies. In the same match, he also broke Corey Anderson’s fastest ODI century record by making 100 off 31 deliveries. He finished on 149, scored off 44 balls with a strike rate of 338.63.
On 21 February 2016, AB de Villiers scored the fastest 50 (21 balls) for South Africa in a T20I against England.
In July 2018, the stadium hosted former US President, Barack Obama at the Nelson Mandela Lecture.
6. Sydney Cricket Ground
Location: Moore Park, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) is a sports stadium in Sydney, Australia. This ground is used for Test cricket, One Day International and T20cricket, as well as rugby league football, rugby union, and association football. The SCG is the home ground for the New South Wales Blues cricket team, the Sydney Sixers of the Big Bash League and the Sydney Swans Australian Football League club. It has hosted the 2015 Cricket World Cup final between Australia and India. It is owned and operated by the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust. This stadium is well maintained and gives great pleasure during any match its own fame which makes it one of the best sports stadiums in the world.
7. WACA Ground
Location: East Perth, Western Australia