M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Built on land owned by the army, the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru – named after Sri M.Chinnaswamy, the former BCCI president and a long-serving secretary of the Karnataka State Cricket Association, was founded in 1969. Pavilion and BEML are its two ends and the ground has a capacity of 40,000. From Viv Richards’ rather ordinary debut and Gordon Greenidge’s sensational century on debut in its inaugural Test match in 1974, the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium has witnessed some very exciting cricket. One of the masterpieces it played host to was the one produced by the legendary Sunil Gavaskar, where India lost to Pakistan in the series decider in 1987. The stadium was only half-built then. It is home to legends of Indian cricket like GR Viswanath, Erapalli Prasanna, Syed Kirmani and more recently Anil Kumble. The stadium will always be remembered for the thrilling India-Pakistan quarter-final in the 1996 ICC Cricket World Cup – which also marked the installation of floodlights for the first time.
One of India’s regular Test venues, the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium has also housed India’s National Cricket Academy since 2000 and is home to the Karnataka cricket team. Bengaluru has been a popular cricketing venue and most countries in the world love playing at this ground. Michael Clarke's wonderful century on debut, Inzamam's ton in his 100th Test, Anil Kumble's 400th Test wicket are just some of the highlights of this ground.