Oval Maidan, Mumbai
Oval Maidan is a large oval shaped park in the heart of South Bombay, bordered by Queen's Road on one side and Mayo Road on the other (now named Maharshi Karve Marg and Karmaveer Bhaurao Marg, respectively). Before the 1920s, the shore of the Arabian Sea bordered Oval Maidan and Queen's Road on the western side, but a land reclamation project extended the dry land all the way to Marine Drive, which was subsequently built up. This explains the stark contrast between the 19th century majestic Gothic buildings, the Bombay High Court and University of Bombay, east of Oval Maidan, and the colourful 1930s Art Déco residential buildings on the western edge of the park. Nowadays, Oval Maidan is a recreational ground for the residents of Bombay where impromptu cricket matches take place, particularly on weekends.
My boyfriend along with most of India are cricket fanatics. So we took a walk around the Oval Maiden. There were many cricket matches being played. Cricket is not the only thing that you can see here.
Many of Mumbai's grand Victorian buildings are here. It is worth a look even if you are not a huge cricket fan.
Address: Fort Area
The Oval Maidan is a large recreational ground, measuring 22 acres, located in the Fort area of the city centre running down the side of the High Court and Bombay University buildings. It is a popular recreation ground with mostly cricket and football being played. Take a minute to watch a game whilst touring around.
Bombay has several large park areas known as Maidans (fields) in the Churchgate/Fort neighborhoods. These are about the only green space you'll see in the lower part of the city, and they're used intensively by the local population. One favorite activity is cricket, far and away India's most popular sport. On days when school is out, the entire park area can be completely taken up with dozens of pickup cricket matches, with players anywhere from 7 years old on up!
Just relax or sit in the grass at Univeristy of Mumbai. The University of Mumbai was the first institution of higher learnign in India established in 1857.
I have nerver seen so many cricket matches played simultaneously!
Here it becomes clear how important and popular cricket is to the Indian people.
Sit down for a while and watch.
Directions: Close to Churchgate