As we all know, cricket emerged to be one of the most-awaited sports around the world. In fact, it is also one of the most attended sports events worldwide. Aside from the top cricketers around the world, here are the top 5 best cricket grounds:
Cricket Stadium #1: Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
For the past five years, the MCG witnessed most of the breathtaking moments in cricket history. One of the unforgettable moments in this stadium is when more than 90,000 people cheered as Shane Warne took his 700th wicket.
It is also where the first-ever Test match was held wherein Australia defeated England by 45 runs in 1877.
Cricket Stadium #2: Eden Gardens
The Eden Gardens witnessed one of Australia’s heartbreaking defeats. In 2001, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman scored 180 and 281 runs respectively defeating the Australian squad by 171 runs.
It is also the oldest cricket stadium and the second-largest cricket stadium in India. The Eden Gardens is also the home ground of Bengal cricket team and the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Cricket Stadium #3: Lord’s Cricket Ground
Expecting for Lord’s to place at the top spot? Well, it is best to focus on what Lord’s has to brag about.
Lord’s is widely recognized as the Home of Cricket and is the world’s richest cricket stadium. Founded by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), Lord’s is considered as a stadium full of charm. Since 1890, the players watch the game from the balcony as they walk through a grand long room to get to the field.
It is also where Sourav Ganguly took off his shirt and waved it around. The scene remains as one of the most iconic moments in the history of Indian cricket matches.
Cricket Stadium #4: Newlands Cricket Ground
Newlands might probably the most aesthetically pleasing cricket ground with breathtaking scenery of Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak.
The Newlands hosted its first Test match in 1889 wherein England defeated South Africa with 202 runs and an inning. One of the most controversial moments this stadium witnessed is when Australia was caught ball-tampering.
Cricket Stadium no 5: Adelaide Oval
In 2006, the Adelaide Oval witnessed how Australia claimed nine wickets and chased down 167 runs during the final day. It was actually one of the greatest Tests of all time.
Aside from cricket, it also hosted rugby league, rugby union, soccer tennis, and concerts.
If the Newlands Cricket Grounds has the most breathtaking scenery, the Adelaide Oval is described to be the most perfect modern architecture.
In 2017, it was recorded that more than 55,000 spectators attended for the second Ashes Test. It is also where more than 62,000 fans gathered to watch the SANFL Grand Final between Port Adelaide and Sturt in 1965.
Well, mentioned are just the top 5 cricket grounds that witnessed several memorable moments in the cricket history. The other cricket grounds are:
- Wankhede Stadium
- Kensington Oval
- Sydney Cricket Ground
- Galle International Stadium