The cricket ground is a significant factor in the outcome of any ODI World Cup match. The pitch, the weather, and the crowd can all play a role in determining which team has the advantage. The pitch is the most important factor.
It can be prepared to favour either the batsmen or the bowlers. A dry, hard pitch will favour the batsmen, while a wet, green pitch will favour the bowlers. However, the crowd is the most important factor to make a tournament successful or a single match is the highlight of the tournament.
A noisy, partisan crowd can make it difficult for the visiting team to concentrate. This can be especially true in the subcontinent, where the crowds are known for their passion for cricket.
Here is a list of 5 cities that made the Cricket World Cup unforgettable for fans across the globe. The top bookmakers in India have ODI World Cup odds with them.
1) India vs Sri Lanka 2011 Final – Wankhede Stadium Mumbai
The crowd in the India vs Sri Lanka ODI World Cup Final in 2011 was electric. The match was being played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, India, and the stadium was packed to capacity with over 40,000 fans.
The crowd was overwhelmingly in favour of India, and they cheered and chanted throughout the match. On top of it, when MS Dhoni hit a six to score a win in the final match the whole moment was historical and everyone in the stadium was in awe of it.
2) Ireland vs England 2011 – M. Chinnaswammy Stadium Chennai
The crowd in the Ireland vs England ODI World Cup Match in 2011 was a mix of Irish and English supporters. The match was being played at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, India, and the stadium was packed to capacity with over 33,000 fans.
The Irish fans were in complete support of their team and the whole stadium erupted when Ireland managed to score a win over England and stunned everyone in the cricketing world. The fixture became a golden memory for Ireland and to this day, whenever Ireland comes face to face against England, they bring in their best quality of game.
3) England vs New Zealand 2019 – Lord’s London
The ODI final which will be talked about for a long time where England and New Zealand both played the best quality of cricket in front of over 32000 fans. At first, the match ended up as a draw but the Kiwi’s luck ran out in the super over.
The crowd cheered every boundary and six, and they even booed the umpires' decisions. Their support helped to create a spine-tingling atmosphere, and it made the match a truly memorable occasion for both teams.
4) South Africa vs New Zealand 2015 – Eden Park, Auckland
South Africa and New Zealand are two cricketing nations that have always produced masterclass cricket whenever they have played against each other. They both have come out as strong teams in the World Cup and the fans from both nations are immensely in love with their respective players.
A similar situation was visible in the 2015 match where these two teams collided and fans witnessed a different energy on the ground altogether. Eden Park was on fire that day and the atmosphere turned electric when Grant Elliott hit a six on Dale Steyn’s second-last ball and helped his team win the match.
5) Sri Lanka vs England 2019 – Headingley, Leeds
Whenever England has hosted the ODI World Cup, the fans have turned out in huge numbers for every match played by their team. In 2019, England performed magic while playing against Sri Lanka where fans played an important role in motivating their team.
With more than 39000 fans at Headingly, the atmosphere was electric and helped players to stay motivated throughout the match.