With the commencement of the T20 Cricket World Cup, the high fever of the highly celebrated game – cricket has taken all the fans under it. As India is hosting this big cricket festival, let’s know something about the cricket grounds where over 27 days, from March 8 to April 3, 58 matches will be hosted.
Eden Gardens – Kolkata
With a capacity of maximum 66,000, Eden Garden of Kolkata is crowned to be the second largest cricket stadium of the world after Melbourne Cricket Ground. Currently it came in the news when for security reasons, it was assigned to host Indian-Pakistan match on March 19 against Dharamshala. Home of Bengal Cricket Team and IPL Kolkata Knight Riders, this ground witnessed the highest ever score by a batsman in One day international, 264 off 173 balls scored by Rohit Sharma. And this notable event took place on its 150th anniversary, on 13 November 2014. It is best remembered for V V S Laxman’s 281 score against Australia (2000/01), which is the highest score at the ground until now. Three matches have already been hosted in this stadium:
- Pakistan v Group A topper – March 16
- Sri Lanka v Group B topper – March 17
- Group A topper v New Zealand – March 16
Two more matches are still to left to be staged here:
- India v Pakistan – March 19
- Final Match – April
Wankhede Stadium – Mumbai
The Ranji trophy match where Ravi Shastri hit six sixes in an over! Straight six hit by Mahendra Singh Dhoni in World Champions 2011! Yes, all these iconic moments took place on the grounds of Wankhede Stadium Mumbai. Home ground of IPL’s Mumbai Indians, Wankhede Stadium has hosted many major league matches including 2011 Cricket World Cup Final, in which Sri Lanka was defeated by India for 6 wickets. And also, the farewell match of Sachin Tendulkar’s international career was played on the Wankhede ground.
Built in 1975, Wankhede Stadium was born out of the dispute over the distribution of tickets for cricket matches between the Cricket Club of India (which owns Brabourne Stadium) and Mumbai Cricket Association.
After the match of West Indies v England on 16th March, Wankhede Stadium will host:
- South Africa v England – March 18
- South Africa v Group B Topper – March 20
- Second semi-final – March 31
- Women’s Semi-final
HPCA Stadium – Dharamshala
This stadium collected much attention and hullabaloo, when after the statements of Virbhadra Sing – Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, the concerns about security arose, followed by the relocation of India-Pakistan match on March 19 to Eden Garden, Kolkata.
The stadium unarguably holds the position of the most scenic stadiums of India. Perched on an altitude of 1,457 m, it is set in a backdrop of Himalayan peaks. The stadium is home to Ranji Trophy matches for Himachal Pradesh cricket team. Limited to few matches, it hosted the first international match of India-Pakistan in 2005.
In T20 Cricket World 2016, it will host:
- Australia v New Zealand – March 18
- England v India (women team) – March 22 and 24
M Chinnaswamy Stadium – Bengaluru
Located in the heart of Bengaluru, M Chinnaswamy Stadium has a capacity of holding around 36,000 spectators. Hosting notable matches for four decades, the stadium owes its name to Mr M. Chinnaswamy who served the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) for decades. The stadium is home ground of the Karnataka State cricket team and IPL’s Royal Challengers Bangalore. The ground is remarkable for witnessing the 17 sixes of Chris Gayle against Pune Warriors in IPL, where the batsman took the T20 world by storm by scoring 175 off just 30 balls!
It is venue for the following matches:
Women’s team –
- England v Bangladesh – March 17
- South Africa v New Zealand – March 26
- South Africa v Sri Lanka – March 30
- Sri Lanka v West Indies – March 30
- Australia and India v the Topper from Group A – March 21 and 23
PCA Stadium – Mohali
Commonly referred to as Mohali Stadium, it is best remembered for the exciting semi-final match between Australia and West Indies in 1996. And who can forget the thrilling encounter of semi-finals between India and Pakistan in 2011, where the victory finally goes to India! The match also got political attention as it was attended by then Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh and Yousaf Raza Gillani of Pakistan. The ground is unique for its low pillar lights, which have been installed like this to avoid the aircraft from the nearby airport.
Matches of T20 which will be hosted here:
- Pakistan V New Zealand – March 22
- Pakistan V Australia – March 25
- Australia V India – March 27
- Ireland v New Zealand – March 18
- Sri Lanka v New Zealand – March 20
- West Indies v India – March 27
MA Chidambaram Stadium – Chennai
Established in 1916, M A Chidambaram is one of the oldest cricket stadiums of the country. It was named after the former President of BCCI, M A Chidambaram. It is home ground to IPL’s Chennai Super Kings and also Tamil Nadu Cricket Team. One of the most noticeable events, which the stadium watched, is Virendra Sehwag’s 319 off just 278 balls against South Africa. After which, Sehwag became the only third batsman after Donald Bradman and Brian Lara to score two triple centuries in Test Cricket.
It is venue for the following matches of T20 World Cup:
- West Indies v Pakistan – March 16
- West Indies v Bangladesh – March 20
- South Africa v Ireland – March 23
- England v Pakistan – March 27
Feroz Shah Kotla – Delhi
Established in 1883, Feroz Shah Kotla is one of the oldest cricket grounds of the country. Among many achievements in the history of Indian cricket team, Feroz Shah is best known for Anil Kumble’s 10 wickets in an innings against Pakistan. The other noticeable and most remembered event associated with this stadium – Sachin’s Tendulkar’s 35th test, when he became the batsman with the most international test centuries after Gavaskar. Maintained by DDCA – Delhi and District Cricket Association, it is ready to host four men team’s matches and five women team’s matches after 15th March match of New Zealand Women v Sri Lanka Women T20 event. Formerly, it also came in news when it lost out the second T20 international of India v Sri Lanka after the DDCA expressed its inability to host the match.
T20 matches to be held here:
- England v Group B topper – March 23
- England v Sri Lanka – March 26
- South Africa v Sri Lanka – March 15
- India v Pakistan – March 19
- Australia v Sri Lanka – March 24
- Pakistan v Bangladesh – March 24
- Australia v Ireland – March 26
- Semi Final – March 30
Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium – Nagpur
“The facilities exceeded all expectations”, this is what Sachin Tendulkar remarked in context of the modern infrastructure of Vidarbha Cricket Association, Maharashtra. The ground was inaugurated in 2008 replacing the old Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground. Laced with world class amenities, the ground has been highly praised by many eminent international cricketers. The ground hosted four matches of 2011 Cricket World Cup. Whether it is the dimension of the ground, capacity of holding around 45,000 people, press box for travelling media or the luxuries of the changing room, VCA is impressive in all the fields.
The stadium is going to host a number of T20 2016 matches after India v New Zealand (15th March):
- West Indies v South Africa – March 25
- West Indies v Group B Topper – March 27
- South Africa v Australia – March 18
- New Zealand v Australia – March 21