M. CHINNASWAMY STADIUM, BENGALURU

CRICKET GROUNDS –  M. CHINNASWAMY STADIUM

Bengaluru, India’s 2nd fastest growing Metropolitan city, with its diverse culture is the latest I.T. Hub destination and is the Silicon Valley of India.  The city is affectionately called as “Garden city” with lots of trees on both sides of the Roads with beautiful buildings  of Victorian age like Vidhana Soudha, Lal Bagh Botanical Garden with Glass House, Bengaluru Palace.  It’s no wonder that Bengaluru has a beautiful Cricket stadium, M. Chinnaswamy stadium as one more icon to the city.

Originally named as Karnataka Cricket Association, the ground was renamed after M. Chinnaswamy, who was the President of the BCCI from 1977-80 and was involved in the administration of Karnataka cricket for close to 4 decades.  

DESCRIPTION

The foundation for the construction of the stadium was laid in May 1969 and building began in 1970. The total area of the stadium is 18 acres and the stadium is owned by Karnataka Government and leased to KSCA for 99 years.   

 The stadium is situated  in Cubbon Rd, Shivaji Nagar, Bengaluru.

Seating capacity – 40,000

Two ends –  1. Pavilion End   2. BEML  End

FACILITIES

  • Floodlights installed in 1996 ( during India Vs Pakistan WC QF match)
  • Separate enclosure for Print & TV media 
  • Rain Harvesting system.  This helps in retaining the surface moisture
  • First ever cricket stadium in the world to have an In-house Solar Roof top ( above Eastern Stands).  On The circular Roof top, the surface  area is covered with photovoltaic cells to generate solar power for its use .  The solar power panels are placed in such a way that it can generate 400 KW ( 1700 units) per day.

DRAINAGE SYSTEM

This stadium is the FIRST cricket stadium to have Sub-Air surface and state-of-art Vacuum powered Drainage system.  This sub-surface aeration system that is aimed at starting play within minutes after the rain ceases.  The machine has a capacity of flushing out water up to 10,000 litres per Minute .  To make sure that water is drawn out as soon as the rain begins to fall, there are remote sensors embedded in various parts of the outfield.  The system also help in draining the water 36 times faster than the prevailing systems. 

The stadium in 2016 installed a sewage treatment plant with the help of local body (BWS &SB) .  The entire system outsources the sewage water flowing along the lines of Queens Road and uses the same after treatment.  

NCA

BCCI has selected the centre for National Cricket Academy housed in this stadium in 2000.  NCA has trained budding indian cricketers who had the potential to represent India.

CRICKET AT ITS BEST AT CHINNASWAMY STADIUM

  1. IPL INAUGURATION MATCH- 2008

“All the roads lead to Chinnaswamy stadium” . After the roaring success in the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, BCCI floated the idea of starting a Premier League on the lines of Football leagues.  Thus, born the INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE in 2008 with T20 format. And Bengaluru was chosen to host the inaugural match on 18th April 2008.The gala opening ceremony started with much fanfare with acrobats 4 on either side of the stadium were sensational with Scottish music and the later show and fireworks & cheerleaders from Washington Redskin.

In the night it was the diminutive Kiwi Batsman Brenden McCullum’s batting for KKR  matched the previous pyrotechnics, his innings was absolute carnage.  His front foot plonk and insouciant drives in a pitch that’s not benign to stroke-making.  And in this context, McCullum’s breathtaking strokes were a virtual treat to the eyes of the fans.  He treated all bowlers  of RCB with utter discontent  and his bat turned into a howitzer.  It was a One-man show as he took the centrestage with his lusty hitting of 13 sixes ( one six went out of the ground) and 10 fours in his unbeaten 158 runs ( second best in IPL so far) .  And RCB after the battering by Mccullum, capitulated with just 82 runs conceding a defeat of 140 runs really disappointed the 55,000 locals. 

  1. 1996 WORLD CUP QUARTER FINALS

INDIA  Vs PAKISTAN

The  atmosphere at the Stadium was surcharged  as the traditional rivals India and Pakistan are meeting in a World cup match for the second time. India started well putting 90 runs for the first wicket between Navjyot Singh Sidhu & Sachin Tendulkar.  After Sachin’s dismissal also Sidhu continued his ominous form with the bat hitting 93 runs and in the end he was declared the” Man of the Match” .  And Ajay Jadeja’s cameo knock of 45 off 25 balls who was sent in the late order in batting proved to be very crucial.  Ajay Jadeja usually indulge in chatting while batting but that day he didn’t talk and only his bat talked as he charged at Waqar younis and hit him 2 sixes in the 49th over.   Pakistan started well chasing 288, hitting 84 runs in the first 10 overs before losing Saeed Anwar.  But Aamir Sohail captaining in the absence of Wasim Akram, who pulled out at the last minute due go a nagging injury, batted well.   He brought up his fifty at more than a run a ball and celebrated with a sizzling slash off Venkatesh Prasad, who was booed in certain stands despite being a Bangalore boy. Once the ball had raced away to the extra-cover fence, Sohail aggressively pointed the bat at Prasad, as if to say, “Go fetch that.” Sohail tried to repeat the slash off the next ball, despite it being on off stump, and this time he was comprehensively bowled. A charged-up Prasad gave him a send-off (“Go home you f*****g bastard”) and the quiet tension suddenly gave way to an eruption as the crowd realised the tide had turned. Sohail’s wordy duel cost his wicket at the crucial time.  Then Pakistan lost the momentum and folded up at 248 runs and fell short of 39 runs.  And all those spectators on the street had a joyous victory parade.

  1. 1987 INDIA vS PAKISTAN  TEST

SUNIL GAVASKAR’S  SWAN SONG

As Sunil Gavaskar was playing his final Test match the Indian captain Kapil Dev allowed him to take part in the toss as a token of respect.  In the 5 match Test series all the 4 tests were drawn.  And so, the  5th  Test at Bengaluru t happened to be the series decider.  Hence, Both teams wanted to win.  It turned to be a spinners minefield. And at the end of the Test, 35 wickets were claimed by Spinners of both side.  

After winning the Toss, Imran Khan opted to bat first.  And Pakistan were bundled out for just 116 on the first day and India finished the day with 68 for 2 runs.  But on the second day they were skittled out for 145 runs and all the 10 wickets were claimed by Pakistan’s spin duo, Tauseef Ahmed and Iqbal Qasim India had a  a slender lead of 29 runs and Pakistan played better and scored 249 runs and set up 2221 runs for victory for India with 2 days to spare (with a rest day also available).  But on the fourth day, Sunil Gavaskar alone fought a losing battle, battling for more than 5 hours in the second innings and no one could support him.  And when a dubious umpiring decision declaring him caught at short leg for 96 runs the match was almost over as India folded up for 204 runs and gave Pakistan 16 runs win and the series by 1-0.  And that was Gavaskar’s last hurrah in Tests on a sad note.

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