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M. A. Chidambaram Stadium Chennai

M. A. Chidambaram Stadium Chennai, India

The Muthiah Annamalai Chidambaram venue, also referred to as the Chepauk Stadium, is a cricket venue in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. It was built in 1916, making it the 2nd oldest cricket ground in the nation, behind Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

The stadium, earlier recognized as Madras Cricket Club Ground, is named for M. A. Chidambaram Chettiar, a prior head of the TNCA and president of the BCCI. Chennai Super Kings of the Indian Premier League and Tamil Nadu cricket team both consider this stadium their home ground.

In addition to hosting the inaugural Ranji Trophy game in 1936 and the 1st test triumph for the Indian cricket team against England in 1952, Chepauk also held the 1st Test match on February 10, 1934. It was only the 2nd Tied Test in the history of the game when India and Australia faced off in 1986 at Chepauk.

Ground information

LocationChennai Tamil Nadu India
Home GroundChennai super king
OwnerTamil Nadu Cricket association
OperatorTamil Nadu Cricket association
Ground Information

Other Names

  • Chepauk Cricket Stadium.
  • Madras Cricket Club Ground.


The capacity of this cricket stadium is 50,000 people, all of whom may easily sit down and enjoy the game.


The stadium is situated in Chepauk, near the Bay of Bengal, a few 100 meters from Marina beach. From the north, Wallajah Road, the west, Babu Jagjivanram Road, and the south, Py crofts Road, you may reach the stadium.

Through the Government Estate station of the Chennai Metro, the stadium is accessible. The Chepauk MRTS railway station, located on the Chennai Beach—Velachery portion of the Chennai MRTS, provides another connection. To the north of the stadium, the Buckingham Canal curves around.

The Nawab of Arcot’s official house from 1768 to 1855 was Chepauk Palace, which is next to Chepauk Stadium. Previously, the Chepauk Palace’s palace grounds included the stadium location.

The final traces of the connection with the former palace grounds are three pillars in the Indo Saracenic style at the stadium entrance. The state cricket organization did not construct the pillars; they were put up during the reign of Nawab Muhammed Ali Khan Wallajah.

History of the Stadium

Chepauk Palace was purchased by Madras Presidency for 589,000 in an auction in 1859.Madras Cricket Club was granted permission by the government in 1865 to erect a pavilion on the grounds of the palace.

In 1866, the pavilion was complete. The pavilion was rebuilt in 1892 and used until 1982, when it was destroyed as section of ground redevelopment. Since its construction in 1916, Chepauk Stadium has served as the cricket team of Tamil Nadu’s home field. After Eden Gardens in Kolkata, it is the 2nd-oldest cricket venue in India, and it continues to host all international cricket matches. The first, Bombay Gymkhana, isn’t used for international cricket.

Chennai held a test match every year in the 2nd week of January from 1960 to 1988. The match was known as the Pongal Test since it took place during the Pongal harvest festival.

Stadium Renovation

M. A. Chidambaram Stadium Chennai restoration began in June 2010 and cost 175 crore rupees ($22 million). The idea called for building three new, I, J and K-designated, reinforced concrete platforms that could hold 12,000 spectators and 24 courtesy boxes beneath transparent PTFE membrane roofs.

The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association hired London’s Hopkins Architects and Chennai’s Nataraj & Venkat Architects for their projects.

The original stadium’s pillared roofing was replaced with light quad conical roofing held together by wires after the reconstruction, which was finished in 2011. 50,000 people can currently fit inside the stadium. The stands have a 36° gradient, which allows the sea air to enter and restore the ground’s customary swing.

The old Anna pavilion stand, and the MCC clubhouse were all demolished in December 2021 to make room for a new stands and new pavilion. In 2023, this is anticipated to be finished. The capacity will be reduced to 40,000 as a result of the removal of provisional seating and standing areas and the installation of enduring seating. The price for doing this is 139 crore ($16.9 million).

M. A. Chidambaram Stadium Chennai’s new stand, which will contain the Anna Pavilion, is expected to be given M. Karunanidhi’s name in honor of the former chief minister of Tamil Nadu. The ground level of the rebuilt Anna Pavilion will house a state-of-the-art indoor training facility. On March 17, 2023, it will be officially opened by M. K. Stalin, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, and MS Dhoni, the skipper of the Chennai Super Kings. At same time, work will also be finished on a newly made Madras club of Cricket.

Lease Information

The M. A. Chidambaram Stadium Chennai has a total surface of 69,900 square meters (752,000 square feet). The government and the association have a lease for this space. The lease between the association and government expired in April 2015.The Tamil Nadu government increased the stadium’s lease term from 15 years to 21 years in November 2019.

International Stadium Information

1st Test10–13 February 1934
 England vs India
Last Test13–17 February 2021
 England vs India
1st ODI9 October 1987
 Australia vs India
Last ODI22 March 2023
 Australia vs India
1st T20I11 September 2012
 New Zealand vs India
Last T20I11 November 2018
 West Indies vs India
 women’s Test7–9 November 1976
 West Indies vs India
1st WODI23 February 1984
 Australia vs India
Last WODI5 March 2007
 New Zealand vs Australia
1st WT20I23 March 2016
Ireland vs South Africa 
Last WT20I27 March 2016
 Pakistan vs England
International information of the Stadium

Memorable Events of the Stadium

  • In 1952, during their 24th encounter opposite England at Chepauk Stadium, India won its first test match.
  • Madras and Mysore played in the inaugural Ranji Trophy game on November 4 at Chepauk. N Curtis was struck by the 1st ball delivered by Madras’ M J Gopalan.
  • In 1983, Sunil Gavaskar broke Don Bradman’s record for the most centuries in test cricket by scoring his 30th (100) in a test game.
  • In 1986, India and Australia met here in the second Tied Test in history of cricket.
  • Pakistan’s Saeed Anwar recorded the highest ODI runs at the time when he hit 194 opposite India in 1997.
  • The top wicket-taker at the time, Shane Warne, overtook Muttiah Muralitharan’s 532 Test wicket total on October 15, 2004.
  • The third-best bowling line for an Indian making their Test debut was Narendra Hirwani’s 8 wickets for 61 score opposite the West Indies in January 1988. He is the 1st Indian bowler with ten or more ten wickets in a Test debut as of July 2023. Hirwani set a record for a bowler making their debut with 16 wickets for 136 scores in the game.
  • In the same game Sehwag made 319, runs Rahul Dravid hit 10,000 test runs opposite South Africa at Chepauk Stadium. Eventually, Rahul Dravid scored 100 runs in the same test match.
  • In 9 Test matches, Sachin Tendulkar scored 876 runs with an average of 87.60, the most runs of any Indian player in Chepauk.
M. A. Chidambaram Stadium Chennai
M. A. Chidambaram Stadium Chennai

Records and Stats of M. A. Chidambaram Stadium Chennai


West indies72500
New Zealand41201
South Africa20200
ODIs Stats

Result of T20 Matches

New Zealand11000
West Indies10100
T20 Stats

Result Of Test Matches

West Indies71402
New Zealand 20101
Sri Lanka20002
South Africa10001
Test match Stats

Career Scores of Non-Indian Players

ScoresPlayer NamePeriod
391 (6 inn) Joe Root2016–2021
345 (4 inn)Allan Border1976–1986
335 (4 inn)Matthew Hayden2001–2004
249 (2 inn)Neil mckonzle2008
245 (4 inn)Javed Miandad1980–1987
Non. Indian players stats

Individual Highest Runs

ScoresPlayer NameYear
319 against South Africa Virender Sehwag2008
303*l against England Karun Nair2016
236 against West Indies Sunil Gavaskar1983
224 against Australia MS Dhoni2013
222 against England Gundappa Viswanath1982
Highest runs
M. A. Chidambaram Stadium Chennai
M. A. Chidambaram Stadium Chennai

World Cup History of M. A. Chidambaram Stadium Chennai

Seven Men’s One Day International games across three world cups have been place in this M. A. Chidambaram Stadium Chennai. Additionally, a semifinal of the 1997 Women’s Cricket World Cup was held at the venue.

Some Matches of ICC ODI CWC2023 are Scheduled in this M. A. Chidambaram Stadium Chennai.

Boundary length

The boundary lengths of Chennai’s MA Chidambaram (Chepauk) Stadium are 63 meters on/off and around 65 meters front side and backside. However, this boundary dimension may change slightly if a different surface is utilized for dissimilar matches and if high scoring matches are more frequently seen. In May 2023, 38 Tests, 22 ODIs, and 4 T20Is have been played so far.

Pitch Report

A reputable neutral ground is M. A. Chidambaram Stadium Chennai. Spin bowlers, who have commanded the wickets support at this ground, have received the most Favour as the game has gone on. Because the team batting 2nd typically prevails in games, the chasing side has experienced the most success in this venue, as in most others.

5 thoughts on “M. A. Chidambaram Stadium Chennai”

  1. Love this.. But do mention that Historical Test Match between Pakistan vs India was happened there where After winning, Indian crowd gave them round of applause…

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