MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Known for its distinct pitch characteristics, with that extra zip and bounce off the wicket, the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, formerly known as Chepauk, has been hosting international matches since 1934. Home to Madras Cricket Club, the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association and the Chennai Super Kings, the stadium has been witness to some historic moments; Dean Jones’ heroic 210 in trying conditions, the tied Test between India and Australia in 1986, Virender Sehwag’s innings of 319 against South Africa, Sunil Gavaskar's historic 30th Test ton, just to name a few. It was also at the Chepauk that India recorded their first Test win, back in 1951-52. The ground also played host to the famous bowling spell of Narendra Hirwani, who finished with the best match analysis by a bowler on Test debut, claiming 16 for 136.
The ground boasts of a capacity of 50,000 and has floodlights installed since the 1996 ICC Cricket World Cup. It operates from the Anna Pavilion End and the V Pattabhiraman Gate End. Undoubtedly, the most highlighted aspect of this ground has been its crowd and the atmosphere it creates. A standing ovation for Saeed Anwar for his epic 194 against India in 1997 proved just how appreciative the spectators of Chennai can be.