MA Chidambaram Stadium Chepauk pitch report, weather, capacity, ODI records for Cricket World Cup 2023

MA Chidambaram Stadium Chepauk pitch report, weather, capacity, ODI records for Cricket World Cup 2023

India will be hosting the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 and MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai is an important venue, check out the pitch report, weather, capacity and ODI records

The MA Chidambaram Stadium, affectionately known as Chepauk, stands as a cricketing monument with a rich history dating back to its establishment in 1916. This iconic stadium, situated in Chennai, India, is set to host five high-profile matches during the ICC ODI World Cup 2023

MA Chidambaram Stadium Chepauk pitch report, weather, capacity, ODI records and stats for Cricket World Cup 2023

The Chepauk pitch is renowned for its spin-friendly nature but has also offered a balanced surface for batsmen in recent times. Teams batting first have historically enjoyed an advantage. 

The pitch consists of red dirt and clay, providing challenges and opportunities for both bowlers and batsmen. To counter the impact of dew during night matches, anti-dew agents will be applied to maintain a level playing field.

Chennai’s weather during the World Cup is expected to be hot and muggy, typical for the North-East Monsoon period in October. Rain is always a possibility, and dew may come into play if dry weather precedes matches. In such cases, anti-dew chemicals will be applied to the outfield to ensure fair conditions for all teams.

In 2005, two games were curtailed due to a wet outfield despite no rain during the matches. Subsequently, the TNCA installed soft drainage with multi-layered soil and perforated PVC pipes to mitigate waterlogging. 

Covers are placed on the main strip and bowler’s run-up during rain, and super soppers are used to remove excess water from the covers. The outfield is rope-dried before play resumes, ensuring minimal delays.

In terms of facilities, the stadium boasts an air-conditioned media center and commentary boxes, ensuring optimal conditions for journalists and broadcasters. The players’ dressing rooms are spacious and well-equipped, offering comfort to competing teams. The stadium has a capacity of 50,000.

Here are some noteworthy statistics at MA Chidambaram Stadium Stadium:

Total Matches Played: 23

Matches Won by Home Side (India): 7

Matches Won by Visiting Team: 6

Matches Won by Neutral Team: 9

Matches with No Result: 1

Matches Won Batting First: 14

Matches Won Batting Second: 8

Highest Team Total: 337/7 achieved by ACC Asian XI against ACA African XI in 2007

Lowest Team Total: 69 All Out, recorded by Kenya against New Zealand in 2011

Highest Successful Chase: 291/2 in 47.5 overs by West Indies against India in 2019

Lowest Total Successfully Defended: 269/6 by India against New Zealand in 2016

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Average 1st Innings Score: 233

Highest Individual Score: Saeed Anwar (Pakistan) – 194 off 146 balls against India in 1997

Most Runs (All Time): MS Dhoni (India) – 401 runs in 6 innings

Most Runs (Current): Virat Kohli (India) – 337 runs in 8 innings

Total Centuries: 16

Most Centuries: MS Dhoni (India/Asia XI) – 2 Centuries

Total Fifties: 44

Most Fifties: Virat Kohli (India) – 3 Fifties

Total Sixes: 171

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Most Sixes: MS Dhoni (India) & Kieron Pollard (West Indies) – 12 Sixes Each

Total Fours: 852

Most Fours: MS Dhoni (India) & Yuvraj Singh (India) – 30 Fours Each

Highest Partnership: Mahela Jayawardena & MS Dhoni (Asia XI) – 218 runs against Africa XI in 2007 | Shimron Hetmyer & Shai Hope (West Indies) – 218 runs against India in 2019

Best Bowling Innings: Ravi Rampaul (West Indies) – 5 wickets for 51 runs against India in 2011

Most Wickets (All-Time): Mohammed Rafique (Bangladesh) – 8 wickets in 3 matches

Most Wickets (Current): Hardik Pandya (India) – 5 wickets in 2 matches

Most Catches (Fielder): AB de Villiers (South Africa) & Kieron Pollard (West Indies) – 5 Catches Each

Most Dismissals (Wicketkeeper): MS Dhoni (India) – 11 Dismissals

Most Catches (Wicketkeeper): MS Dhoni (India) – 6 Catches

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Most Stumpings (Wicketkeeper): MS Dhoni (India) – 5 Stumpings

The upcoming matches at the MA Chidambaram Stadium (Chepauk) in Chennai during the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 are as follows:

India vs. Australia – October 8, 2023, at 2:00 PM (IST)

New Zealand vs. Bangladesh – October 13, 2023, at 2:00 PM (IST)

New Zealand vs. Afghanistan – October 18, 2023, at 2:00 PM (IST)

Pakistan vs. Afghanistan – October 23, 2023, at 2:00 PM (IST)

Pakistan vs. South Africa – October 27, 2023, at 2:00 PM (IST)

The historic venue which was once known as Madras Cricket Club Ground, witnessed a total of five World Cup clashes in the past – a single game in 1996 and four games in the 2011 ICC ODI World Cup.

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