I have grown up watching a lot of cricket matches organized at the famous M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore but finally had the opportunity to visit it in reality. And I didn’t want to miss that at any cost. There is no doubt about the fact that it is one of the most beautiful stadiums in the country. And the beauty is enhanced further due to the presence of the beautifully designed Cubbon Park on Queen’s Road.
The name has been derved from M Chinnaswamy who was the President of BCCI from 1977 to 1980 and a member of KSCA for forty years. Initially, it was named as the Karnataka State Cricket Association Stadium when it was established around four decades ago in 1970. Statistics say that it can hold around 36,000 people at a time.
Although it is one of the smaller sized stadiums of the country, it gets the contract to host one day internationals, test matches, t-20 matches and various other first class matches on a regular basis. It also acts as a host to a plethora of cultural and musical events.
One of the main reasons for the immense popularity of the stadium in recent years is its association with Royal Challengers Bangalore, one of the most popular teams of the IPL. The KSCA has taken the stadium on lease for 99 years from the Government of Karnataka. The stadium earned the status to organize test matches in 1975. The first match was played between India and West Indies inside a partially completed stadium. It was in the same match that two of the greatest West Indian players namely Viv Richards and Gordon Greenidge made their debut.
The final match between India and Pakistan in 1987 which is memorable for Sunil Gavaskar’s masterclass innings was also hosted by this stadium. The installation of the floodlights was completed in 1996 when it hosted another exciting World Cup encounter between India and Pakistan. The stadium has proved to be extremely lucky for players like Anil Kumble, Inzamam, Michael Clarke, etc. The pitch at the stadium is considered to be a typical turning track.