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5 Cricket Holiday Destinations You Don’t Want to Miss

Jeetenge phir se jeetenge,

kayam rakhenge India ki shaan..

Dikhayenge phir se Dikhayenge,

Dhoni ki team main hain jaan..

Waapis na denge phir se khelenge,

World Cup ki trophy hai mahaan..

Obviously being an Indian where Cricket is equal to a religion these are my heartfelt feelings in support of team India. Adding further yes I truly believe that we won’t give it back. Another fact about cricket is its best to watch a match live than seeing it on T.V. Unfortunately although being a big cricket fan I haven’t seen a single match live, never cheered Indian team for their victory. 🙁
The world’s best stadium are not restricted in one country. So cheering the team in a stadium towards its victory also has an added advantage of traveling to different cities, sightseeing and meeting new people.
Here are top five cricket holiday destinations across the globe:
  • London, England:

    Sourav Ganduly at the Lords Stadium Photo Courtesy: https://jayakarpriyadharshan.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/1990s-a-time-travel/
    Sourav Ganguly at the Lord’s Stadium (NatWest Series 2002)
    London can undoubtedly be called as a cricket fan’s pilgrimage with the two  most celebrated cricket grounds located here. Lord’s and the Oval are not mere cricket stadiums made of brick and mortar, but these stadiums have witnessed the transformation of this gentleman’s game in an ultimate joie de vivre event.
    After all being an Indian how can I forget the historic test match win of India over England after 28 years and Sourav Ganguly waiving the shirt act in 2002 NatWest Series at Lord’s. When in London do as the Lords do that is don’t miss visiting Coco-Cola London eye, Victoria and Albert Museum, Madame Tussauds London and not to forget Harrods.
  • Mumbai, India:

    Indian Team with World Cup at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
    Indian Team celebrating their win at World Cup 2011 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
    ‘Aamchi Mumbai’ as it is lovingly called by Mumbaikars or Non-Mumbaikars purely because of it being one of the most welcoming and accommodating cities of the world. Talking about the connecting link amidst cricket and Mumbai in two words I can pronounce it as ‘Wankhede Stadium’.
    There are many records that have been made here, but nothing can match India taking up the World Cup Trophy 2011 after beating Sri Lanka in the last match. The energy, the never say never die attitude of its people and Bandstand are things that make me love this city.
  • Melbourne, Australia: 

    Melbourne Cricket Ground Photo courtesy: "AFL Grand Final 2010 on the Melbourne Cricket Ground" by Alexander Sheko - https://www.flickr.com/photos/phillipsandwich/5058865635/. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:AFL_Grand_Final_2010_on_the_Melbourne_Cricket_Ground.jpg#mediaviewer/File:AFL_Grand_Final_2010_on_the_Melbourne_Cricket_Ground.jpg
    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Melbourne and other cities of Australia are in the spotlight these days simply because of the ongoing Cricket World Cup 2015. The recent match between Australia v/s England held here where Australia had a huge victory was an exciting match to watch. Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is the largest cricket stadium in the southern hemisphere and has a capacity of more than 100,000.
    For a travel freak like me on a no cricket match day, I would love to explore this beautiful city of Melbourne. If someday I am able to visit this city, I would love to see the Great Ocean Road overlooking the twelve apostles and Shrine of Remembrance.
  • Dharamsala, India:

    HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala, India
    That’s me at HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala, India
    A small hill locked town that has a calming innocence and which mostly adorns a houseful board at the time of a cricket match to be held at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium situated here. The stadium has a backdrop of hills and is colorfully painted giving it a lively feel to the otherwise simple town.
    I have been to this gorgeous hill station and apart from the serenity of this place there are marvels like the beautiful tea gardens, the cricket stadium itself and McLeodganj at a stone’s throw away.
  • Johannesburg, South Africa: 

    South African Cricketing Stars
    South African Cricketing Stars
    Bidvest Wanderers Stadium is the most renowned connection of Cricket with South Africa after cricketing legends like Allan Donald, Jonty Rhodes, Shaun Pollock etc. Few things to be seen for sure when in Johannesburg obviously other than an exciting cricket match are Lion Park, Apartheid Museum, Gold Reef City and Downtown.
Okay, so that is my list; agree-disagree, do share in your favorite cricket holiday destinations. After all, it’s World Cup again!

Photo Source:

  • For Sourav Ganguly at Lord’s Picture: https://jayakarpriyadharshan.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/1990s-a-time-travel/
  • For World Cup 2011 photo: https://sunilscove.wordpress.com/tag/india-win-world-cup/
  • For MCG: “AFL Grand Final 2010 on the Melbourne Cricket Ground” by Alexander Sheko – https://www.flickr.com/photos/phillipsandwich/5058865635/. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:AFL_Grand_Final_2010_on_the_Melbourne_Cricket_Ground.jpg#mediaviewer/File:AFL_Grand_Final_2010_on_the_Melbourne_Cricket_Ground.jpg
  • For Johannesburg collage: “JONTY RHODES” by JontyRhodes8 – Jonty Rhodes photoshoot for Evolution Sports Nutrition in Cape Town. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:JONTY_RHODES.jpg#mediaviewer/File:JONTY_RHODES.jpg, “Allan Donald” by Robwildlife2 – http://www.flickr.com/photos/robwildlife2/7832045828/sizes/m/in/photostream/. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Allan_Donald.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Allan_Donald.jpg, “Shaun Pollock” by warrenski – Flickr: Shaun Pollock. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Shaun_Pollock.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Shaun_Pollock.jpg, “Dale Steyn 2” by YellowMonkey/Blnguyen – Photograph made by YellowMonkey/Blnguyen. Licensed under GFDL via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dale_Steyn_2.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Dale_Steyn_2.jpg

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