M. A. Chidambaram Stadium
The M. A. Chidambaram Stadium is a cricket stadium in Chennai (formerly Madras), India, named after M. A. Chidambaram, the former President of BCCI and the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association. The stadium was formerly known as Madras Cricket Club Ground or Chepauk Stadium. Commonly known as Chepauk , its first match was played 10 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. Sunil Gavaskar notched up his record breaking 30th Test hundred on this ground in 1983-84. The India-Australia encounter in 1986-87 ended in a tie - only the second in the game's long history. The next season, leg spinner Narendra Hirwani claimed the best match analysis by a player on Test debut, finishing with 16 for 136. The Chepauk crowd is known to be amongst the most 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 a Test match in 1999. A truly overwhelmed Pakistani team even made a lap of honour in appreciation of the spectators' sporting behaviour. It is the home ground of the Tamil Nadu cricket team and also for the Chennai Super Kings which participate in the Indian Premier League.

Ground facts and figures
  • The first-ever Ranji Trophy match was played here, in which AG Ram Singh took 11 wickets on a sticky to bowl Madras to a win over Mysore within a day.
  • India recorded its first Test win here, in 1951-52, when it defeated England by an innings and eight runs.
  • The second tied Test in cricket's history was also played here, between India and Australia in 1986.
  • 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.
  • Saeed Anwar's 194 against India is the highest score on this ground. This was also the highest score in ODI's until Sachin Tendulkar reached the 200 landmark against South Africa.
  • 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.
  • 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.

2010 Major Renovation
On June 28, 2009, decision to start reconstruction work for setting up state-of-art facilities and an increased spectator capacity of 45,000 over the existing 36,000 was taken, the cost of which is Rs 175 crore. Hopkins Architects in England, have been contracted by the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association to upgrade the stadium before the 2011 ICC World Cup and bring the swing back
  • covering and area of 40,000m 2
  • increasing the existing capacity to 50,000.
  • translucent fabric roof structures for shade over the stands
  • providing additional corporate boxes and airconditioned accommodation
  • horizontal gap between the lower terrace and the upper stands to allow the sea breeze into the stadium from the east
The stadium will cost around Rs.192 crore when work is fully complete. Huge pillars that often blocked the view in the old stadium have been replaced by the light state-of-the-art roof called Quad Conical Geometric Form which is held together by cables imported from China. The designer was Bird Air, an American firm, while engineers from Australia (from Tyio Membrane) have carried out the installation work. The stadium can accommodate 38,000 spectators. This will increase to 42,000 once work at the TNCA pavilion and the MCC stand is over. The stadium sports as many as nine new stands. These consist of three tiers with the middle one, fully air-conditioned, being the Hospitality Box. The media box can seat 200 presspersons. The media conference hall can accommodate around 300 persons. The stands are at a gradient of 36 degrees, which is not too steep by international standards. The renovation lets the sea breeze in to get the ground's traditional swing back - all this while adhering to the principles of vaastu, and Indian form of feng shui, in design. The plan is to create a series of 12 stands atop a lower bowl of terracing, so the breeze can flow through the horizontal gap between the terrace and the stands.

Cricket World Cup
This stadium has hosted One Day International (ODI) matches every time India has hosted the Cricket World Cup. The World cup hosted by this stadium are,

1987 Cricket World Cup

1996 Cricket World Cup

2011 Cricket World Cup
This stadium is also scheduled to host 4 One day International matches in 2011 Cricket World Cup.

9 October 1987 scorecard Australia 270/6 (50 overs) v India 269 (49.5 overs) Australia won by 1 run Umpires: David Archer (WI) and Dickie Bird (ENG) Player of the match: Geoff Marsh Geoff Marsh 110 (141) Manoj Prabhakar 2/47 (10 overs) NS Sidhu 73 (79) Craig McDermott 4/56 (10 overs) 13 October 1987 scorecard Australia 235/9 (50 overs) v Zimbabwe 139 (42.4 overs) Australia won by 96 runs Umpires: Khizer Hayat (PAK) and David Shepherd (ENG) Player of the match: Steve Waugh Allan Border 67(88) Kevin Curran 2/29 (8 overs) Kevin Curran 30 (38) Simon O'Donnell 4/39 (9.4 overs) 11 March 1996 scorecard New Zealand 286/9 (50 overs) v Australia 289/4 (47.5 overs) Australia won by 6 wickets Umpires: Cyril Mitchley(SA) and Srinivasa Venkataraghavan Player of the match: Mark Waugh Chris Harris 130 (124) Glenn McGrath 2/50 (9 overs) Mark Waugh 110 (112) Nathan Astle 1/21 (3 overs) 20 February 2011 09:30 Scorecard Kenya 69 (23.5 overs) v New Zealand 72/0 (8 overs) New Zealand won by 10 wickets MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai Umpires: Marais Erasmus (SA) and Rod Tucker (Aus) Player of the match: Hamish Bennett (NZ) Rakep Patel 16 * (23) Hamish Bennett 4/16 (5 overs) Martin Guptill 39 * (32) Nehemiah Odhiambo 0/5 (1 over)
  • Kenya won the toss and elected to bat.
6 March, 2011 09:30 Scorecard England 171 (45.4 overs) v South Africa 165 (47.4 overs) England won by 6 runs MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai Umpires: Amiesh Saheba (Ind) and Simon Taufel (Aus) Player of the match: Ravi Bopara (Eng) Ravi Bopara 60 (98) Imran Tahir 4/38 (8.4 overs) Hashim Amla 42 (51) Stuart Broad 4/15 (6.4 overs)
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.
17 March 2011 14:30 ( D/N) Scorecard England 243 (48.4 overs) v West Indies 225 (44.4 overs) England won by 18 runs MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai Umpires: Steve Davis (Aus) and Bruce Oxenford (Aus) Player of the match: James Tredwell (Eng) Jonathan Trott 47 (38) Andre Russell 4/49 (8 overs) Andre Russell 49 (46) James Tredwell 4/48 (10 overs)
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.
20 March 2011 14:30 ( D/N) Scorecard India 268 (49.1 overs) v West Indies 188 (43 overs) India won by 80 runs MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai Umpires: Steve Davis (Aus) and Simon Taufel (Aus) Player of the match: Yuvraj Singh (Ind) Yuvraj Singh 113 (123) Ravi Rampaul 5/51 (10 overs) Devon Smith 81 (97) Zaheer Khan 3/26 (6 overs)
  • India won the toss and elected to bat


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