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Top 10 Indian Cricket Stadiums Based on Seating Capacity

Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. (Image credit: BCCI)

Isn’t cricket a religion in India? And the temples of this sporting religion have to be the stadiums, where the action unfolds. The devotees flock to these temples to watch their cricketing gods displaying their extraordinary skills and flair. But which temples allow the largest number of devotees in its premises? In short, which are the top 10 Indian cricket stadiums boasting a high seating capacity? Let’s find out!

Top 10 Indian Cricket Stadiums: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai (10th Largest)

Supreme Court orders reduced MA Chidambaram Stadium’s capacity from 50k to 30k (Image source: EspnCricinfo)

The MA Chidambaram or Chepauk stadium, located in Chennai, holds a significant place in Indian cricket history and holds a capacity of 38,000. Founded in 1916, Chepauk is the home ground for Tamil Nadu’s domestic squad and the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL. The Chennai crowd is also a witness to India’s historic first Test win in 1951-52 against England.

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Chepauk has been renowned for being a sporting crowd, appreciative of stunning cricket, from the home team or the opposition. They greeted Pakistan’s Saeed Anwar with a standing ovation after he scored 194 runs against India in 1997.

Former Indian leg-spinner Narendra Hirwani holds the record for the best bowling figures in a debut Test match (16 wickets for 136 runs versus West Indies) on this ground.

At Number 9: Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur

VCA Stadium, Nagpur (Image source: BCCI)

The Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur is the ninth-largest in India, allowing 45k people in attendance. Before this new stadium came up at Jamtha, Nagpur, domestic and international games were played in the Civil Lines ground of the VCA. The new stadium hosts all the international games at present, while VCA utilizes the old one for domestic games and cricket coaching. Since its inauguration in 2008, it has hosted seven Test matches and has proved to be a typical Indian Test venue, a batting paradise, which turns into a spinners’ goldmine as the game progresses.

Top 10 Indian Cricket Stadiums: Barabati Stadium, Cuttack, Odisha (8th Largest)

Barabati Stadium, Cuttack, Odisha. (Image source: BCCI)

The Barabati Stadium in Cuttack, Odisha, offers a seating capacity for 45k people, like the VCA. It is the home ground of Odisha’s state team and is among the oldest cricket grounds in the country, founded in 1958. International games became a rarity here after the crowd disruptions caused during a T20I game in 2015. After a four-year break, India returned to Cuttack in 2019, but Barabati does not get to host regularly.

At Number 7: JSCA International Cricket Stadium, Ranchi, Jharkhand

JSCA International Cricket Stadium, Ranchi (Image source: BCCI)

The Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) International Cricket Stadium supports 50,000 people and is among the newest stadiums in the country. Established in 2010 in Ranchi, it is home to the Jharkhand state cricket team and became the ‘temporary home ground’ for the Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2014. With its establishment, Jharkhand also received a stadium of international standard. It was well-deserved for a state that has offered India the phenomenon called MS Dhoni, who won multiple ICC tournaments for the country.

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Top 10 Indian Cricket Stadiums: Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow (Image source: BCCI)

Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow is among the latest additions to India’s long list of international-level stadiums. Inaugurated in 2017, the Ekana Stadium holds a seating capacity of 50,000 and has become the home ground of the Lucknow Super Giants in the IPL. It was one of the selected venues for the ICC World Cup 2023. While the Green Park in Kanpur has hosted many games, its location and seating capacity proved to be a drawback, not allowing Uttar Pradesh an opportunity to hold international games. However, with this stadium’s establishment,

Top 10 Indian Cricket Stadiums: Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala (

Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram (Image credit: Kerala Cricket Association)

The Greenfield International Stadium is the home ground for Kerala’s domestic team. It sits fifth on this list of top 10 Indian cricket stadiums on the basis of strength, with an approximate capacity of 55k. Besides cricket, football matches are a regular occurrence here. And it also comes as no surprise given Kerala’s football culture.

Top 10 Indian Cricket Stadiums: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium (4th Largest)

The Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad came into being in 2004. The Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh owned the available Lal Bahadur Shastri stadium, thus leaving the Hyderabad Cricket Association powerless. The Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium was thus established, with a 55k capacity, owned and operated by the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA). It was much needed for a city that had given gems like VVS Laxman and Mohammad Azharuddin to Indian cricket.

At Number 3: Naya Raipur International Cricket Stadium, Naya Raipur

Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium, Naya Raipur. (Image credit: BCCI)

The Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium, popularly known as the Naya Raipur Stadium, holds the third spot. Its seating capacity ranges between 60,000 and 65,000, thus allowing a stellar spectacle of a cricket match. Since its establishment in 2008, it has hosted two international games (till 2023) and would hope to host more. Cricket games in the state of Chhattisgarh would be amazing for the development of the game in the state. Moreover, it has the seating capacity as its strength.

At Number 2: Eden Gardens, Kolkata (2nd Largest)

Eden Gardens, Kolkata (Image source: BCCI)

The historical Eden Gardens happened to be the largest stadium in the country at one time. It accommodated around 1 lakh people. However, after renovation, it can hold approximately 66k to 70k people. This majestic venue has seen Rohit Sharma’s 264, the historic 2001 Test against Australia, and other momentous incidents in cricket history. It also serves as the home ground for Bengal’s State team and the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL.

Top 10 Indian Cricket Stadiums: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, Gujarat (Top-spot)

Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad. (Image credit: BCCI)

Allowing 1,32,000 people, the Narendra Modi Stadium takes the top spot. Australia won their sixth ODI World Cup in 2023 after defeating home favourites India on this venue. Because of its humongous strength, this stadium is destined to be a host to numerous high-profile games in the future.

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