The MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, also known as Chepauk, has been a prominent name in cricket since the inception of the Presidency matches in 1916.
From the first-ever Ranji Trophy match being played in the venue in 1934, to India’s first Test win in 1951-52 when they defeated England, the MA Chidambaram Stadium has hosted some historic matches and seen some memorable records being created over the years.
Though Chepauk has accommodated only two T20 internationals in all these years, the iconic stadium has hosted close to 50 Indian T20 League matches already and is the fortress of the MS Dhoni-led Team Chennai.
Before the MA Chidambaram stadium hosts the Indian T20 League 2021 opener between Team Mumbai and Team Bangalore on Friday, April 9, let us look at some of the T20I and Indian T20 League records made in this famous venue.
MA Chidambaram T20I records
Highest Total: The highest total of 182 at the ground was made by India while playing against West Indies in 2018. After the West Indies team had given a target of 181 runs while opting to bat first, India had chased it down in exactly 20 overs to win the match by six wickets
Lowest Total: The lowest total in the ground was made by India (166 runs) as well, during their clash with New Zealand in 2012. After New Zealand had set up a target of 167 after batting first, the Indian cricket team made 166 runs and lost the match by one run.
Highest Score: The highest individual T20 score at this venue is 92, scored by India's Shikhar Dhawan when he faced West Indies in 2018. His innings, which included 10 boundaries and three sixes, is also the highest run-scorer in a single match in the stadium.
Best Bowling: India's Irfan Pathan has recorded the best bowling figures of 3/31 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium against New Zealand in 2012.
Highest partnership: The highest partnership in Chepauk is the 130-run stand by India's Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant against the West Indies in 2018. It was a third-wicket partnership.
MA Chidambaram Indian T20 League records
Most Runs: Suresh Raina has the most number of runs in Chepauk. The southpaw has played 60 matches in the venue, tallying 1,566 runs with eight half-centuries and one century to his name. He is followed by MS Dhoni (1,409) and Michael Hussey (1,008).
Most runs by visiting batsmen: Team Bangalore's Virat Kohli has amassed the most number of runs at the MA Chidambaram Stadium to date. Playing 10 matches, he has 302 runs with two fifties to his name.
Most wickets: Team Chennai's Dwayne Bravo is the highest wicket-taker in Chepauk with 48 scalps to his name in 39 matches. The second-highest wicket-taker is Shane Watson, who also has 48 wickets but in 41 games, with Albie Morkel (39 wickets) sitting in third.
Most wickets by visiting bowler: Mumbai's Lasith Malinga is the highest wicket-taker at the venue as a visiting bowler with 14 wickets in 9 matches.
Written by: Subhayan Dutta
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