A reputed cricket stadium in Chennai, The M. A. Chidambaram Stadium is named after the former President of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association and BCCI—Mr. M. A. Chidambaram. Formerly called the Chepauk Stadium or Madras Cricket Club Ground, this cricking venue was founded in the year 1916 and is the oldest in India (and still in use). Here, the first match was played on the 10th of February 1934. Erected by East Coast Constructions and Industries, this is the very stadium where the Indian cricket team enjoyed its first ever Test victory –against England in 1952. M. A. Chidambaram Stadium also saw the record breaking 30th test match hundred by Sunil Gavaskar in 1983-84.The India-Australian encounter of 1986-87 had ended in a tie-- the second cricket’s history! The very next season, viewers watched Narendra Hirwani (leg spinner) claiming the “Best match analysis by a player on Test debut”—signing off with 16 for 136.
The crowds at Chepauk are reputed to be the most appreciative in India—a fact proved by the standing ovation offered to Saeed Anwar after he notched a record breaking 194 in the Independence Cup in 1997—against India. He was again encouraged and highly applauded in 1999—when Pakistan won a match at the venue. The stadium serves as home ground for the Chennai Super Kings (two times winner of the Indian Premier League) as well as the cricket team of Tamil Nadu.