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M Chinnaswamy Stadium I Bangalore Cricket Ground

Introduction

While many might think that the stadium only hosts cricket matches, it witnesses cultural and musical events too. You would also be surprised to know that while the stadium was commissioned in 1969, its name wasn’t always the one that it has now M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

It used to be called as KSCA (Karnataka State Cricket Association) Stadium before it was renamed after Mangalam Chinnaswamy. Surprisingly, he wasn’t in the favour of renaming the current stadium after him.

Mangalam Chinnaswamy

Born on 29th March 1900, he was a well-known cricket administrator who was also one of the founding members of the KSCA. The positions of significance held by him were as follows.

  • President of BCCI (1977 – 1980)
  • Secretary of BCCI (1960 – 1965)
  • Indian representative to the ICC (1973, 1965 and from 1977 to 1980)
  • Secretary of KSCA (1953 – 1978)
  • President of KSCA (1978 – 1990)

By profession, he was a lawyer who practised law from 1925 to 1975. He passed away on 8th November 1991. His contribution to the development of cricket in Karnataka and throughout India will forever be remembered.

M Chinnaswamy Stadium

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M Chinnaswamy Stadium Stadium Capacity

The current capacity of the stadiums stands at about 40,000 which is decent but not as high as the Narendra Modi stadium.

Owner

While many stadiums throughout India are owned by the cricket associations themselves, M Chinnaswamy stadium’s owner is the Karnataka Government. But again, the operator still is the KSCA.

ICC Cricket World Cup

The ground has hosted matches in 1987, 1996, and 2011 ICC cricket world cups. While only a single match was played in the 1987 and 1996 world cups, 2011 witnessed the stadium hosting 5 matches.

Stadium Records

Record Held By
Most test runs Sachin Tendulkar
Highest score by a batsman (test) Younis Khan
Most test wickets Anil Kumble
Highest total by a team in an innings (test) India
Best partnership in an innings (test) Inzamam-ul-Haq & Younis Khan
Highest ODI team total India
Highest individual score in ODI Rohit Sharma
Most ODI wickets taken Zaheer Khan

Also, another surprising record that was created in this stadium is that it witnessed a tied ODI World Cup match in 2011 when both India and England managed to put up a total of 338 runs each.

First Matches In Each Format at M Chinnaswamy Stadium

Test

West Indies Vs India Began on 22nd November 1974

ODI

Sri Lanka Vs India 26th September 1982

T20I

Pakistan Vs India 25th December 2012

Ends

Like all stadiums, this one too has its ends. They are;

  • BEML end
  • Pavilion end

BEML is named after the Indian PSU known as Bharat Earth Movers Limited. They have their headquarters in the city of Bangalore too.

International Matches Hosted To Date

Format Matches Played To Date
Tests 22
ODIs 24
T20I 7

The stadium has also hosted several domestic and IPL matches as many of you might be knowing.

Terror Bombings

Unfortunately, the stadium was bombed in April 2010. More than a dozen people were injured but thankfully, no life was lost. Two bombs exploded while a third one was defused. This happened before an IPL match in the stadium.

 

 

 

 

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