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M. Chinnaswamy stadium is one of the premiere cricket stadiums in India

M. Chinnaswamy Cricket Stadium Bangalore

Location: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Karnataka State Cricket Association, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Bangalore
Established: 1969
Seating Capacity: 70,000
Floodlights: Yes
End Names: BEML End, Pavilion End
Home Team: Karnataka
Owner: Karnataka State Cricket Association
First Test: India vs. West Indies - Nov 22-27, 1974
First ODI: India v Sri Lanka - Sep 26, 1982

M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, formerly known as Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) stadium, is located in Bangalore, Karnataka. The stadium was renamed in the honor of M. Chinnaswamy, who was at the helm of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) from 1977-1980, and was involved in cricket administration in Karnataka, for four decades. One of the preeminent stadiums in India, the location of the ground is such that it is situated in the heart of the city, with the picturesque Cubbon Park at one side and the uptown MG Road on the other end.

Backed by the Government of Karnataka, the foundation of the stadium was laid in 1969 and in the following year, the construction work commenced. Two years later, the stadium was inaugurated for a first-class cricket matches during the 1972-73 season. It was only in the 1974-75 season that the ground earned the Test status, when the West Indies toured India. Coincidentally, the stadium played host to the debut test match for the West Indian batting champions, Viv Richards and Gordon Greenidge. It was in the 1976-77 season that India recorded its first victory, on this ground, against the English team.

Modernization Of M. Chinnaswamy Stadium
In the September of 1982, the first ODI match was played at this venue, wherein India played against Sri lanka, beating the guest by six wickets. In 1996, in the Wills World Cup tournament, M. Chinnaswamy Stadium was for the first time flanked with floodlights, thereby ¬assisting in day-night matches. The first day-night match was the quarter-final clash between arch-rivals, India and Pakistan, played on March 9, in which India defeated Pakistan, by 39 runs in a thrilling encounter.

Present Scenario
Since BCCI's selection of the stadium as the National Cricket Academy in 2000, there have been innumerable potential cricketers that have passed out from the Academy. With the launch of Indian Premier League (IPL), the ground also serves as the home ground of the Bangalore franchise team, the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Apart from cricket, the ground is also home to many musical and cultural events, slated to occur in Bangalore. Lately, the look of the ground was spiced up, as it was painted in red and yellow, the team colors of the Royal Challengers and also the colors of the Karnataka flag.

Milestones at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium

Test Match Records

Highest innings total - India 626/all out - India vs Pakistan, 3rd Test in Bangalore, December 8-12, 2007
Highest individual score - 267 - Younis Khan, Pakistan v India, 24-28 March 2005
Best innings bowling - 7-27 - Maninder Singh, India v Pakistan, 13-17 March 1987
Most runs: 600 - Sunil Gavaskar, India, scored in 8 matches (12 innings) at an average of 54.54 with a highest individual score of 172
Most wickets - 35 - Anil Kumble, India, taken in 7 matches at an average of 30.85 with best figures of 6-98

One Day International Match Records

Highest total - 347-2 - Australia v India, November 12, 2003
Highest individual score - 121 - Roy Dias, Sri Lanka v India, September 26, 1982
Best bowling - 5-35 - Paul Jarvis, England v India, February 26, 1993
Most runs - 365 - Sachin Tendulkar, India, scored in 7 matches at an average of 52.14, with a highest individual score of 117
Most wickets - 10 - Javagal Srinath, India, taken in 5 matches at an average of 25.10 with best figures of 5-41