MA Chidambaram Stadium

2010-10-13 21:27
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.

MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk, Chennai, India

Also or formerly known as Chepauk; Madras Cricket Club Ground

Capacity: 50,000

Floodlights: Since the 1996 World Cup

End names: Anna Pavilion End, V Pattabhiraman Gate End

Home team: Tamil Nadu

The M. A. Chidambaram Stadium is commonly known as Chepauk, with its first match played  on 10th February 1934. Built by the East Coast Constructions and Industries, this stadium is where the Indian cricket team won its first ever Test victory here in 1952 against England. It is the home ground of the Tamil Nadu cricket team and also for IPL's Chennai Super Kings led by current Indian captain MS Dhoni.

Chepauk is universally renowned for its atmosphere and the crowd, reputed to be the most knowledgeable and appreciative in the country. This was proved when those present gave a standing ovation to Saeed Anwar after his record breaking 194 against India in the Independence Cup match in 1997 and again when Pakistan won the Test match in 1999. A truly overwhelmed Pakistani team even made a lap of honour in appreciation of the spectators' sporting behaviour.

Ground facts and figures

* Virender Sehwag's 319 against South Africa is the highest test score at the ground.
* This stadium played host to the second tied-test in the history of test cricket.
* England hold the record for the highest score on the ground so far when they hit 652-7d runs against India.
* The Indians hold the record for the lowest score at the ground when England restricted them to just 83.
* Narendra Hirwani's match bowling figures of 16/136 currently are the best at the ground.
* Rahul Dravid scored his 10,000th Test run on this ground.
* India's 387/4 in the fourth innings of the first Test against England in December 2008, became the highest successful run chase in India. Incidentally, this also became the fourth highest in Test match history.
* It was in Chepauk, that Sachin Tendulkar scored his first century in the fourth innings in a winning cause for India.
* Sachin Tendulkar has scored more runs in Chepauk - 876 in nine Tests at an average of 87.60 - than any other venue in India.
* On Oct 15 2004 Shane Warne surpassed Muttiah Muralitharan's tally of 532 Test wickets when he took the wicket of Irfan Pathan. It was his 533rd Test wicket taken in his 114th Test. Muttiah Muralitharan who recently retired from test cricket, achieved this feat in 91 tests and is currently the highest wicket-taker in the world with 800 Test wickets.
* On Mar 22 2001 India defeated Australia by 2 wickets to clinch the Border-Gavaskar trophy after losing it to Australia in 1999-2000 series.

A match winning century by Sachin Tendulkar and a record of 32 wickets in the Test series by Harbhajan Singh helped India to end the winning streak of Australia consecutively followed by an epic Kolkata test. Australia won 16 tests in succession.


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