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M. A. Chidambaram Stadium

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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 IPL's Chennai Super Kings led by current Indian captain MS Dhoni.

Hopkins Architects have been asked by the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association to find a way to increase capacity, provide additional corporate box and air-conditioned accommodation, maintain roof shading and get the swing back. It is also important that the principles of Vaasthu, an Indian form of feng shui, be adhered to in the design.

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.
  • Saeed Anwar's 194 against India is the highest score on this ground.
  • 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.[2]
  • It was in Chepauk, that Sachin Tendulkar scored his first century in the fourth innings in a winning cause for India.[3]
  • Sachin Tendulkar has scored more runs in Chepauk - 876 in nine Tests at an average of 87.60 - than any other venue in India.[4]
  • Jun 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, the cost of which is Rs 175 crore.[5]
  • 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.

2010 Major Renovation

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[1]

  • covering and area of 40,000m2
  • translucent fabric roof structures for shade over the stands
  • horizontal gap between the lower terrace and the upper stands to allow the sea breeze into the stadium from the east

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