The former Madras Cricket Club Board stadium, popularly known as Chepauk, has a long and dignified history in Indian cricket.
The spectators in this ground have become legendary for their sense of team-spirit and appreciation for the game. Their zenith came in 1997 when they gave a standing ovation to Pakistan's Saeed Anwar for his record breaking 194 against India.
The unique record this ground holds is that Sachin Tendulkar has scored more runs on this pitch than any other venue in India. The pitch is considered to be a spin-friendly track and been very helpful to Indian batsman in general.
The stadium has been renovated for the World Cup, increasing its seating capacity to 50,000 and altering the walls to let the sea breeze through.
However South Africa, in a warm-up game for the World Cup, complained loudly that the pitch was unprepared and not up to standards.
Chennai is the proud crown jewel of Tamil Nadu. The city is packed with world-famous beaches like Marina and Elliot's beach, which are perfect to while away the hours. Donât forget to taste some Chettinad food, a famous Tamil cuisine. A good choice would be sea food since the catch is fresh and the dishes varied.
Mahabalipuram, a World Heritage Site famous for its rock carvings, is also close to the city and worth a visit if you have a day to spare.Images:
Vinayak Hegde (with inputs from agencies)Full Coverage: World Cup 2011