Commemorating 75 years of Test cricket at Chepauk stadium, Partab Ramchand writes an exclusive on eight of the most exciting matches ever played at the venue.
1951-52 vs England: India had played 24 Tests when they came to Chepauk for the final Test of the five-match series against a none-too-strong England side and had still to register their maiden victory.
Indians were one down having lost the previous match at Kanpur but this time left arm spinner Vinoo Mankad straightaway gave them a winning chance by taking eight for 55 and bowling out England on a good pitch for 266 on the second morning.
The Indian batsmen did not falter in backing up this great feat and opener Pankaj Roy (111), Polly Umrigar (130 not out) and Dattu Phadkar (61) starred as India replied with 457 for nine declared late on the third evening. By now the pitch was breaking up and Mankad (4 for 53) and off spinner Ghulam Ahmed (4 for 77) teamed up to bowl out England for 183 just before tea on the fourth day.
MankadÃÂs innings and match figures were both Indian records as at their 25th attempt India finally notched up a historic maiden Test victory.
In Image: Vinod Mankad
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