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Top 5 Cricket Stadiums in India

By Manoj Menon

The World Cup has just gotten over and although India did not win it this time around their performance has bowled one and all. If you thought that the excitement is over well then think again! The Indian Premiere League is just around the corner and we have more cricketing action to look forward to.

Various cricketers from across the world will come together to play againt each other and add onto that the entertainment that is going to be around. Sounds like a festival in itself. Well before we get excited about this mega event let us know about the cities in India where these games will be held and moreover the stadiums that will be hosting them.

Here is a guide to the 5 stadiums in India where the IPL matches are going to be played and also some info about the cities. So if you are travelling this cricket season you would know what else to watch out for here.

M.A. Chidambaram Stadium

Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu and is a major metropolitan as well as cosmopolitan that is situated in the Coromondel Coast. It is one of the most important cities in south India as well as in the country in terms of commerce, culture and education. In fact, Chennai is popularly known as the Cultural Capital of South India.

The M. A. Chidambaram Stadium which was formerly known as Chepauk Stadium is the popular cricket stadium here. The stadium was established in 1916 and it the oldest continuously used cricket stadium in the country. It is the home ground of the Tamil Nadu cricket team and the successful India Premier League team Chennai Super Kings. So those of you who are IPL buffs should head here to support your team this season.

M.A. Chidambaram Stadium
 

A match in progress at the stadium.
Photo Courtesy: Srinivasan G

Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium

Delhi, also pronounced as 'Dilli' in Hindi, is officially the National Capital Territory (NCT). It is not only one of India's largest cities but is a perfect combination of antiquity and modernity. It is India's second most populous city after Mumbai. Delhi is renowned for being home to many architectural masterpieces such as the Qutub Minar, the Red Fort, India Gate, the Akshardham shrine and many more.

Travellers coming here can explore these architectural wonders and also learn more about the history of this place. If you are travelling here in the month of April then do ensure that you visit the Feroz Shah Kotla cricket ground that is located at Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg. It was established in 1,883 and is the second oldest international cricket stadium still functional in India, after the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. This cricket ground is the home ground of the Delhi Daredevils and by seeing their line up it is surely going to be a blast watching a match here.

Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium
 

A test match being played between India and West Indies at the stadium.
Photo Courtesy: Vineetmbbs

Wankhede Stadium

Mumbai, the city of dreams, is always looked up at for its sense of fashion, vibrant lifestyle, being the home of Bollywood and home to some very famous movie starts. The various hues of Mumbai city are evident from its cosmopolitan crowd, various places and forms of worship and so many cuisines that it spoils you for choice.

The Wankhede Stadium is a cricket stadium here which is like a temple for all cricket buffs in the India. The stadium has capacity of 32,000, and has been host to numerous high profile cricket matches in the past, including the 2011 Cricket World Cup Final, in which India defeated Sri Lanka.

The stadium witnessed the last match of Sachin Tendulkar's international career as well. It is the home ground of the Mumbai Indians and is called a tower as opponents find it difficult to defeat them here. So if you are a Mumbai Indians fan then you know where you gotto be this IPL season.

Wankhede Stadium
 

The 2011 World Cup Final being played at the stadium.
Photo Courtesy: G patkar

M Chinnaswamy Stadium

Bustling malls, ever packed roads and high rise buildings, Bangalore provides a new face to contemporary India, one that the younger generations can relate to. It is a heaven for tourists as the city is very well connected to other places and sports major tourist attractions. One of the attractions that it boasts of is the Chinnaswamy Stadium that was established here in 1969.

Situated in midst of Queen's road, Cubbon Park, it is one of the most popular cricket stadiums in the country. It conducted its first Test Cricket match in 1974 between India and West Indies. It is the home ground to the Karnataka Ranji state team and also the IPL franchise - Royal Challengers Bangalore. With a seating capacity of 40,000, this stadium has hosted ODI matches whenever India hosted the World cup in 1987, 1996 and 2011.

M Chinnaswamy Stadium
  

View of the stadium.
Photo Courtesy: రామ ShastriX

Eden Gardens

If India is known as culturally strong and traditionally rooted, Kolkata, the capital of the state of West Bengal has got to be the heart of the country. This city formerly known as Calcutta has been the cultural center of India since the British Raj and boasts of many atrractions for its visitors.

One such attraction is the Eden Gardens, which is the home of international cricket in Kolkata. The main stadium of the city serves as the home of Kolkata's IPL franchise, the Kolkata Knight Riders. The game of cricket is very close to an Indian heart and catching a live match is a must do for a first time tourist! The stadium is packed with people and support for the home team is a sight worth seeing.

Eden Gardens
  

Picturesque view of Eden Gardens.
Photo Courtesy: Chippu Abraham

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