M.A. Chidambaram Stadium: Overview, Records, Pitch Report, History, Stats, and Memorable Moments in Cricket

M.A. Chidambaram Stadium

It bears Muthiah Annamalai Chidambaram’s name, the former president of both the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association and the BCCI. This cricket stadium in India is the second oldest, right behind Kolkata’s Eden Gardens. With roots dating back to the 19th century, it is part of Chepauk Palace which was owned by the Madras Presidency in 1859. The Government Estate station on the Chennai Metro connects the Stadium, which is located east of Marina Beach. Nawab Muhammad Ali Khan Wallajah’s residence, Chepauk Palace, was not far from it. The three Indo-Saracenic style pillars were not constructed by coincidence; rather, they were built by him.

Former names Madras Cricket Club Ground
Address Wallajah Road – Bells Road Intersection, Chepauk, Chennai (Central), Tamil Nadu, India – 600002
Location Chepauk, Chennai, Tamil Nadu


Coordinates 13°03′46″N 80°16′46″E
Elevation 7 metres (23 ft)
Public transit  Blue Line at Government Estate

at Chepauk

at Chepauk and Marina Beach

Owner Tamil Nadu Cricket Association
Operator Tamil Nadu Cricket Association
Type Stadium
Genre(s) Sporting Events
Seating type All seaters Stadium seating
Capacity 38,200
Field shape Round
Surface Grass


This post will go into great detail about the stadium’s history, famous moments, capacity, pitch report, ground dimensions, and other details that have become part of cricket lore.

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Chennai Cricket Ground is a medium-sized stadium with a relatively short perimeter. The ground is oval in shape, with borders that extend beyond the stumps and down the ground toward the legside and outside.

Offside: 68.58 metres

Onside: 68.58 metres

Straight (down the ground): 65.83 metres

Straight (behind the keeper): 65.83 metres

The original capacity of a ground has changed between 1916 and 2024. The ground hosted the first-ever Ranji Trophy match 2 in 1934. It also saw India’s first-ever victory in a test match, which came against India Company in 1952. The ground was first used as the site of an Indian Premier League match in April 2008, between CSK and Mumbai Indians.


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It is Home ground of ground of Tamil Nadu cricket team and Indian Premier League team Chennai Super Kings 1986 India Australia match held at who was only the second ever tight test in the history of a game.


The crowd don’t be most appreciative in the country the crowd gave standing ovation to the Syed Anwar in 1997 after scoring 194 against India the crowd was again appreciative in 1999 when Pakistan team won against India


M.A.Chidambaram Stadium is serve as the  home ground for the Tamil Nadu cricket team, and also several domestic matches like Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy, Indian Premier League


Famous for hosting adrenaline-pulling IPL matches.The crowd and atmosphere make it a thrilling experience for both players and spectators.


Stadium known for a stand out structure called the V-guard stand  known for its distinct shape and design. This Stands addsto the architectural beauty of the stadium and provides an excellent view of the cricket action. For a time being M.A Chidambaram Stadium hosted the famous Pongal harvest test which is used to play in the month of January


The pitch report suggests the stadium remains dry and dusty and slows down even more as the game progresses, making it very effective to bat. Batsmen have to home their batting techniques against spin bowling. A recent example of 2019 where Royal challenger Banglore put to Bat first against heavy spin bowling and match went in hand of Chennai Super Kings. The leg spinner Imran Tahir and Harbhajan Singh ripped Royal Challengers Bangalore batting up at 71,By picking up 3-3 wickets each. The stadium going to hot and humid as it lies in South of India explains intense heat and due to proximity of a lot of humidity.





Total Matches-6

(a) Matches won batting first -5

(b)Matches won bowling first-1

(c)Average 1st innings Score-150

(d)Average 2nd innings Score-119

1.Highest total recorded– 182/4 (20 Ovs)

2.Lowest total recorded– 80/10 (17.5 Ovs)

3.Highest score chased– 182/4 (20 Ovs)

4.Lowest score defended– 103/8 (20 Ovs)




The entire stadium is 69,900 square metres, and it is leased by the government and association. Reconstruction work on the stadium began in June 2010 at an estimated cost of one centigrade crore. The plan calls for the construction of three new concrete stain areas, designated I J K, that can accommodate between 12,000 and 15,000 people, with the potential to accommodate 15,000 people after reconstruction.



(a) The first Ranji Trophy match took place in 1934 between Madras and Mysore at the MH Chidambaram Cricket Stadium.

(b) India recorded first ever test match victory against England at M.A Chidambaram Cricket Stadium.

(c) Sunil Gavaskar will break Sir Don Bradman’s fast record at MA Chidambaram Stadium with his 30th century.

(d) India’s greatest test match saw Karun Nair score a triple century.

(e) Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a double century in Test cricket when he scored the fastest double century of his career against the Australian team in 2013.

Thus, cricket enthusiasts should visit Chennai’s M. A. CHIDAMBARAM Stadium, not just for the match but also for the surrounding areas, which include parks and beaches, which are teeming with excitement and hence take away you and your family from hustle and bustle city life and bring you amazing experience.

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