Five Possible Permanent Test Centers in India in future

Virat Kohli had in the past asked for five possible Test centers in India

Test Cricket depends on weather and pitch condition. So, every home and touring side will wish to have proper test centres that they can plan accordingly. 

“We have been discussing this for a long time now.” said Indian captain Virat Kohli when asked if India should require tests in big cities, a issue that Board president Sourav Ganguly can look into. “And in my opinion, we should have 5 test centres, I agree that you have State association, rotation and giving games and all that. That’s fine in T20 and ODI Cricket. But for test Cricket, teams coming into India should Know we are going to play at these five centres. Those are the pitches we’re going to expect. These are the kind of people, they’re going to come.” 

He had also expressed his wish to have 5 possible test centers like Eng, Aus, SA to enjoy the crowds. “That becomes a challenge already when you’re leaving your shores because when we go to any place, we know we’re having four test at these venues. This is what the pitches are going to offer. It’s going to be a full stadium, the crowd is behind the team.” 

Stadiums in small cities hardly fill up in 5days of a test match. But in big cities, crowds are more active and supportive in tests. Over the last 10years, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai have hosted just 18 tests combined whereas lord’s alone have enjoyed 20. So, let’s have a look at what could be the possible 5 test centers in India.

Eden Gardens, Kolkatta:

The Eden Gardens in Kolkata is one of the iconic and oldest test venues in India. The stadium has hosted 41 test matches, the most of any Indian ground. Moreover, India have enjoyed lots of success there, losing just a single test. The stadium has also seen one of the biggest turnarounds in the history of tests. But surprisingly, having won the 2001 test match against the Aussies, India never played a test match here against the same opponent. 

The huge number of fans in the whole test match, add an extra energy in the players. The pitch remain suitable for both the pace and spin bowlers and to make it more pleasant, the drainage system in the ground is absolutely phenomenal. The maidan of 68000 capacity had been delighted to see the first ever day night test of the country. Hence, it should be one of prime test venues in India.

Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai:

One of the front runners up of becoming India’s premier test match centres is the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The ground with the capacity of 45000 had hosted its debut test back in 1975. The crowd of this ground is famous to be one of the nosiest in India. They always remain behind their team and appreciate good Cricket. Because of reconstruction, Wankhede has missed out on hosting test matches for more than 5 years. The ground which have hosted 25 test matches, had got the right to arrange just a single test match ( vs England in 2016) since 2014.  The red soil pitch is so much enjoyable to the pacers. That’s why it brings another option to the table. 

Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore:

The Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore with a crowd capacity of 40000 always remains jam packed for most International games. The stadium has witnessed many terrific moments of Indian Cricket. Rohit Sharma had his first ODI double century in 2013, India’s excellent turnaround against the kangaroos in 2017 and the historic test match between IND and AFGANISTAN was also played here. The sub-air system of the ground soaks the rain-water and dries up the outfield very quickly. The Vijay Hazare final in this ground also found a crowd of 4000 which is massive in domestic games. That’s why, the stadium will be one of the big crowd pullers in test Cricket.

MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai:

The second oldest cricket stadium of the country with a capacity of 50000, had first tasted the longest format of the game in 1934. The notable thing of the ground is the appreciation and the game sense of the crowd. In 1999, the Pakistan team made a lap of honour in appreciation of the spectator’s sporting behavior. The ground saw many achievements in the longest format of the game. Sunil Gavaskar’s breaking Bradman’s record of most centuries, 300 by Sehwag and Karun Nair, Rahul Dravid’s 10000th run in test Cricket are some of these. So, the achievements and  Sporting crowds could well help the ground to become one of the top 5 test centres in India.

Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad:

It may sound a bit surprising having the likes of Feroz Shah Kotla(Arun Jatley Stadium) in Delhi and Mohali. However, the stadium in Hyderabad has received a lot of praise in recent times. Due to the fact of Indian captain Virat Kohli has applauded the crowd in 2017 against Bangaladesh, it can be a premier test centre in India. Kohli showed all praise for the crowd that turned out to support the team. Since, making it’s test debut in 2010, it hasn’t had a fruitful number of tests but India have remained unbeaten at this ground with 4 wins and 1 draw. So, with an excellent record and crowd, it can be one of the 5 test centres.

Here remains my list of 5 test centres in India. It may differ from you. It may go with Arun Jaitley stadium in Delhi or Nagpur or Mohali or any other one. Do comment whether you support our choice or you have another wish. 

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