In 1859, Madras Presidency acquired Chepauk palace in an auction for Rs 5,89,000 In 1865, the government gave permission to build a pavilion at the palace grounds to Madras Cricket Club. The pavilion was finished in 1866. The pavilion was reconstructed in 1892and was utilized till 1982 when it was demolished as part of the stadium renovation. Chepauk Stadium was established in 1916 and has been the home venue of the Tamil Nadu cricket team ever since. It is the second oldest cricket stadium in the country . 

Originally known as Chepauk stadium  and Madras cricket Club stadium.  Later on named as M.A. Chidambaram stadium named after M.A. Chidambaram who was TNCA President and BCCI Treasurer.

Chepauk stadium is located across Chepauk Palace, the official residence of the Nawab of Arcot from 1768 to 1855. The stadium site used to be part of the palace grounds of the Chepauk Palace. ThreeIndo-Saracenic style pillars at the entrance of the stadium are the last remnants of the association with the erstwhile palace grounds. The pillars construction are dated back to the rule of Nawab Muhammed Ali Khan Wallajah .

The stadium is located at Chepauk , a few hundred meters from Marina Beach along the Bay of Bengal. The stadium can be accessed from Wallajah Road in the north, Babu Jagjivanram Road in the west and Pycrofts Road in the south. Adjacent to the east of the stadium is the Chepauk MRTS Railway station. The Coovum runs tangentially to the north side of the stadium.

From 1960 to 1988, Chennai hosted a test match in the second week of January and was termed the Pongal Test as the match coincided with the Pongal harvest festival.

Established :  1916

First Test match played : Ind Vs ENG on 12.02.1934(Eng won the test)

First ODI :   IND- AUS on 09.10.1987 (Workd Cup League match.  Aus won by 1 run)

First T20I :  IND- NZL on 11.09.2012 (Newzeland won by 1 run)

First century in Tests : Cyril Walters – 102 (Eng) in 2nd innings on 12.2.1934

First century  in ODIs : Geoff Marsh (Aus) – 110 ( in WC)

First 5 wkts in Tests :  Amar Singh (Ind) – Right arm Fast medium – 7/86 (11.2.1934) Vs ENG

First 5 wkts in ODIs : Aquib Javed (PAK)- Right arm Medium fast-5/61 on 21/5/1997

                                      (India’s Independence Day Cup


The total area of the stadium is 752,000 square feet. This is under lease agreement between the Tamilnadu Government and the TNCA. In April 2015, the lease agreement between the government and association lapsed. In November 2019, the lease period of the stadium was extended by the Tamilnadu government for 21 years from 2015.


The distances from the center of the pitch to the boundary is about off side 68.58 Meters and onside 68.58 Meters, front side 65.83 Meters and back side 65.83 Meters around the ground.


“We have about 16,000 feet of underground pipes. These perforated PVC pipes are laid all around the square and are connected to eight main channels in a herringbone design. All the pipes slope outwards so that the water runs out to the drain across the boundary line. From there, four big outlets route the water to the canal outside,” the curator Viswanathan said.

 M.A. Chidambaram Stadium sports one of the worlds best cricket grounds including excellent features such as a Giant Video screen / Flood lights, Air-conditioned corporate boxes, Air-conditioned press box befitting any International stadium.



M A Chidambaram Stadium,


The top soil at Chepauk has 70 percent sand, followed by another layer of pure sand, which makes it a fast-drying ground.



India just needed 4 runs and Ravi Shastri was facing Matthews.  He hit the 2nd ball of the over for a brace and  scrambled for a single in the third ball to give strike to Maninder Singh,  the No.11 batsman with just a solitary run for the win.  Maninder prodded the 4th ball.  And in the 5th ball, Matthew bowled a fullish length ball and it the pad of Maninder and both batsmen were stealing for a single,  and there was a loud appeal by the bowler and the Umpire Vikram Raju, officiating in his 2nd match without any hesitation ruled him OUT though Maninder pleaded he hit the ball with his bat. Incidentally the Indian Umpire Vikram Raju never Umpired after this Test.

And India lost the Test by just ONE RUN.

SCENARIO 2 ( 1987 WC IND- AUS Match)


Deja vu  – Again the same two teams , viz., India and Australia.  This time on a bigger stage.  It was the 1987 World Cup first encounter between India & Australia.  It was also the first ODI match held at M.A. Chidambaram stadium.  And the same Captains. And the batsman was the same Maninder Singh but the bowler was only changed and  it was Steve Waugh. 

Quoting Dean Jones – “ One of the rules that was inscribed on our kit bags was: “To lose patience is to lose the battle”

Then Maninder Singh , the No.11 batsman, facing the last over of “The Iceman ” Steve Waugh scored a couple of braces before he was castled by an innocuous incoming delivery. 

India lost the ODI match by just ONE RUN.   

(The irony was a shot hit by Dean Jones crossed over the fence only to be declared 4 later on corrected as 6 in the scorecard as agreed by the Indian captain Kapil Dev.)



Though a solitary run divided the team in the final analysis, the match had all the ingredients of a T20I game.  

It was a T2O International match at M.A.Chidambaram stadium, Chennai in Sept.2012.  An emotional comeback trail for Yuvraj Singh, anti-climax for India and Kiwis team fought back brilliantly at the death overs. 

With six needed off three, Yuvraj heaved and was bowled for 34 off 26.

There was still time for one final narrative. Enter Rohit, under pressure for his lack of form, with six still needed. He tried gamely, swinging both the remaining deliveries for a couple of runs each, but India had to pay for tapering off after Kohli’s dismissal in the 14th over.

And India lost the T20I game by  ONE RUN.

These were the stand-out matches at M.A. Chidambaram stadium, Chepauk, Chennai


  • Hosted the first ever match of the Ranji Trophy on 4 November 1934 between Madras and Mysore.
  • India recorded their first Test win at this ground in 1951-52 when they defeated England by an innings and eight runs.
  • The second tied Test in the history of cricket was played here, between India and Australia in 1986.
  • Sunil Gavaskar scored his 30th test match century here in 1983 breaking Don Bradman’s record for most centuries in test cricket.
  • The best test match bowling figures of 16 for 136 on debut belong to Narendra Hirwani on this ground.
  • On 15 October 2004, Shane Warne surpassed Muttiah Muralitharan’s tally of 532 Test wickets to become the highest wicket taker during that time.
  • Virender Sehwag scored 319 against South Africa in April 2008, the fastest triple century in test history.
  • India’s 387/4 in the fourth innings of the test against England in December 2008, became the highest successful run chase in a test match in India.
  • Saeed Anwar recorded the highest individual score in ODIs – 194 – at this ground, which remained over a decade before Sachin Tendulkar scored 200 against South Africa.
  • Sunil Gavaskar (1018 runs) had scored the most number of test match runs in this stadium followed by Sachin Tendulkar (970 runs).
  • M.S. Dhoni’s broke the record for the highest individual score by a Indian captain as well as wicket-keeper captain on his way to 224 against Australia in 2013.

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