India achieved a clean sweep in the three-match Test series against South Africa after beating the visitors by an innings and 202 runs in the third and final Test at the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi. While Indian players posed for photographs with the trophy, the empty stadium certainly played spoilsport throughout the game. Despite the JSCA lowering ticket prices to Rs 250 per day, there were very few takers for tickets across the four days of the match.
Following a poor turnout for the game in Ranchi, Indian skipper Virat Kohli backed the idea of India sticking to 5 strong Test venues. He also reckoned that the Indian team's rotation policy should apply only to limited-overs cricket.
Following Kohli's statement, let us have a look at those venues that could be a crowd-puller for India's Test matches at home.
The iconic stadium in Kolkata has hosted many memorable matches in the past. The 68,000 capacity stadium is notorious for its crowds, whose noise makes it difficult for players to concentrate while batting. Playing on this iconic ground is a dream for most Indian and overseas cricketers as well.
The third oldest cricket stadium is the home ground of the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings in IPL. The crowd at the Chepauk is known to be a very knowledgeable and sporting one and also has witnessed some iconic performances and matches alike. From Saeed Anwar's 194 in 1997 to watching young Karun Nair becoming only the 2nd Indian ever to score a triple century in 2016 against England, this venue has seen it all. Former India opener Virender Sehwag also scored his highest score in Tests, 319 at this very venue against South Africa in 2008.
The stadium in Bangalore is the home ground of the IPL side Royal Challengers Bangalore led by Team India skipper Virat Kohli. The 40,000 capacity stadium has been the home to some of the classiest match-winners of India. The venue also hosted Sachin Tendulkar's last Test as India's captain against South Africa in February 2000. The pitch here offers pace and bounce which is why most Test matches prove to be an even and great contest.