M Chinnaswamy stadium, lying in the heart of the state capital, continues to remain one of the biggest cricketing centres of the country. Starting off as a humble abode, the stadium has now turned out to be a marquee venue, capable of hosting some of the biggest cricket matches to be played in the country. Home to some of the classiest match-winners of India, Chinnaswamy stadium, in its debut Test match had the honour of hosting the West Indies in 1974. The match also marked the emergence of two modern legends, Gordon Greenidge and Sir Viv Richards. Since then, the stadium has regularly hosted Tests, although it’s unfortunately considered as one of India’s unluckiest venues.
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium is often seen as a ground breaking venue in Indian cricket. It was the first stadium to install solar panels to meet the bulk of its electricity needs. In 2000, it became India’s National Cricket Academy and the launch pad for cricketers vying for spots on the national team. Slightly randomly it also hosted Miss World in 1996! Unlike many Indian wickets it is often bouncy and pacy, which in theory should help the visitors.
Ground: Also or formerly known as Karnataka State Cricket Association Stadium
End names: Pavilion End, BEML End
Home team: Karnataka