Four years since the epic 2011 World Cup victory, its that time of the year again when the Men in Blue will rule the Nation through their straight drives and bouncers. To everyone outside India, the enormity of Indias' love for cricket is as indecipherable as its infectious intensity. Reason being, Cricket is a sport everywhere else in the world, but its a religion in India. Many play it, a lot more enjoy watching it but every single person loves to talk about it. Be it Sachin's Bharat Ratna or Dhoni's retirement.
So, if Cricket is a religion then Cricket Stadiums are definitely nothing less than temples. From the historic Lord’s Stadium in England to the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, the famous cricket grounds of the world have been the curators of cricketing history. With the World Cup just around the corner, make sure you know all about the most beautiful Cricket Stadiums in the World. Information, which will definitely help you earn a few brownie points this cricketing season.
1. HPCA Cricket Ground, Dharamshala - India.
Set against the perfect backdrop of the dramatic snow clad mountains, a bowler here is often described as running in from the Himalayas end. Located at an elevation of 4,110 feet, the HPCA stadium has a stunning serene ambience and rolling meadows.
2. Newlands Cricket Stadium, Cape Town - South Africa.
Being overlooked by Table Mountain and Devil's Peak, Newlands is regarded as one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in the world. The ground's official name is "Sahara Park Newlands" but it is still often referred to by its historic name, simply Newlands. A lot of the embankments and hills in the stadium have made way for concrete stands but have not robbed this historical venue of its inherent charm.
3. The Queen's Park Oval - West Indies
One of the most picturesque cricket stadiums, the Queen's Park Oval in West Indies is privately owned by Queen's Park Cricket Club. Apart from the main cricket stadium, it also has a gym, indoor and outdoor cricket practice nets, two squash courts and two outdoor tennis courts.
4. Queenstown Events Centre, New Zealand.
Regarded as one of the most spectacular International cricket venues in the world, this ground is located between Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown International Airport's Runway. Watching a match of cricket here ensure an amazing view of large aircraft taking off and landing.
5. Dubai Cricket Stadium - United Arab Emirates
Famous for a special system of floodlights named 'Ring of Fire,' this stadium has lights fixed around the circumference of the round roof to minimize the shadows of objects in the ground.
6. Galle International Stadium, Sri Lanka.
Surrounded by the Indian Ocean, Galle is undoubtedly one of the most scenic cricket grounds in the world. Before being brought up to international cricket standards, it was known as The Esplanade. Unfortunately, the ground bore the brunt of the Asian Tsunami in 2004 and a temporary helipad were constructed there in order to assist the survivors. The stadium was restored with International support and with the help of former cricketers like Shane Warne and Ian Botham.
7. Wormsley Park, Buckinghamshire - England.
The famous Wormsley cricket ground has played host to games involving biggest stars of the cricket world. From Brian Lara to Viv Richards and Shane Warne, everyone has experienced the joy of playing on this ground. In recent years Wormsley has welcomed the Australians, West Indians, Sri Lankans and South Africans. It was also the venue for the only Test match of the Australian women's tour of England in 2013.