2023 ODI World Cup Venues | Five Iconic Stadiums

Some iconic Indian stadiums will host the all-important ODI World Cup games and become the center of a showpiece event we all await. In this article, we will take a detailed look at five iconic Indian stadiums that have been allocated matches in the 2023 World Cup.

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Five Iconic Stadiums That Will Host 2023 ODI World Cup Games

A good stadium becomes great when it can provide excellent infrastructure to fans and competitive pitches to the players. Let us look at five legendary cricket stadiums in India where cricket fans will be excited to watch the matches and players will be eager to take the field in the upcoming World Cup.

Eden Gardens:

Situated in the City of Joy, Eden Gardens is India’s oldest cricket stadium. It was built in 1864 and has the second-highest audience capacity in India, accommodating as many as 68,000 people at a time. It had a seating capacity of 1,00,000 earlier but got reduced as the stadium went into renovation for the 2011 ODI World Cup. The pitch at the Eden Gardens favors the batter but slows as much progresses.

Matches to be hosted by Eden Gardens in the 2023 World Cup

1. Oct 28 – Bangladesh vs Netherlands
2. Oct 31 – Pakistan vs Bangladesh
3. Nov 5 – India vs South Africa
4. Nov 11 – England vs Pakistan
5. Nov 16 – 2nd Semi-Final

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Wankhede Stadium

Wankhede Stadium, located in India’s economic capital, is one of the most iconic grounds in India. It has already gone into history books because this is where India won the World Cup for the second time in 28 years. Interestingly it was built in a record time in 13 months and was ready to host its first Test between India and West Indies in 1975. It has a seating capacity of 32,000. Wankhede has always suited the batters. On this pitch, batting second always becomes easy.

Matches to be hosted by Wankhede in the 2023 World Cup

1. Oct 21 – England vs South Africa
2. Oct 24- South Africa vs Bangladesh
3. Nov 2 – India vs Sri Lanka
4. Nov 7 – Australia vs Afghanistan
5. Nov 15 – 1st Semi-Final

Chinnaswamy Stadium

Home to loyal RCB fans, Chinnaswamy had often reverberated with the chants of “RCB, RCB.” But this October, it will see chants of “India, India.” Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium has a capacity of 40,000 people and is situated in the heart of the city. It’s a pity that this iconic stadium won’t host a semi-final, but whatever games it has, they are expected to be great games. The reason is its batting-friendly conditions. The pitch is flat, and the outfield remains lightning-quick. Most ODI games would see 300-plus scores, and teams might chase them down.

Matches to be hosted by M Chinnaswamy in the 2023 World Cup

1. Oct 20 – Australia vs Pakistan
2. Oct 26 – England vs Sri Lanka
3. Nov 4 – New Zealand vs Pakistan
4. Nov 9 – Sri Lanka vs New Zealand

5. Nov 12 – India vs Netherlands

 MA Chidambaram Stadium

Also known as “Chepauk,” the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai will host India’s opening match in the tournament. It was established in 1916 and is the country’s second-oldest cricket stadium. Chidambaram Stadium has a capacity of 50.000 people. It has consistently produced rank-turners, meaning the fast bowler will have difficulty producing something great with the ball. On the other hand, the spinners will have it easy and will indeed have an advantage. If they apply themselves, the batters can make their efforts count on this pitch.

Matches to be hosted by MA Chidambaram Stadium in the 2023 World Cup

1. Oct 8 – India vs Australia
2. Oct 13 – New Zealand vs Bangladesh
3. Oct 18 – New Zealand vs Afghanistan
4. Oct 23 – Pakistan vs Afghanistan
5. Oct 27 – South Africa vs Pakistan

<H3> Narendra Modi Stadium

Named after India’s current Prime Minister, this stadium is the largest cricket stadium in the world. It has a capacity of 1,12,000 and was always going to be the venue for the final of the 2023 ODI World Cup. The stadium will also host the opening match of the ODI World Cup. It has all the modern amenities. The pitch tends to favor batters, leading to high-scoring thrillers at this venue. Let us hope the  Ahmedabad pitch curator will set up a perfect track for the big final.

Matches to be hosted by Narendra Modi Stadium in the 2023 World Cup

1. Oct 5 – England vs New Zealand
2. Oct 14 – India vs Pakistan
3. Nov 4 – England vs Australia
4. Nov 10 – South Africa vs Afghanistan
5. Nov 19 – Final

These five venues will host 25 matches, including the semi-finals and the final, in the 2023 ODI World Cup.

Concluding Thoughts

The 2023 ODI World Cup will be massive for Indian cricket, and these five stadiums will be in the thick of it. In such a scenario, they must produce excellent wickets, leading to great matches. Also, it will lead to a great advertisement for the 50-over format and Indian cricket as a whole.

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