Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium, known as Chepak, will host the first two matches of the upcoming four-match Test series between India and England. On this ground, India have a great record against England. England are scheduled to play both the opening Tests at the Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on their tour to India. The first Test will be played from February 5 to 9 while the second Test will be played from February 13 to 17.
India and England have played nine Test matches so far at the Chidambaram Stadium, of which hosts India have won five, while England have had three wins in their share. At the same time, the match played in 1982 between the two teams was a draw. India last played against England here in 2016, when they registered a stunning win by an innings and 75 runs. Karun Nair scored a triple century in that match and he became the second Indian batsman after Virender Sehwag to score a triple century in Test cricket.
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England scored 477 runs in the first innings in that match. This includes Moin Ali’s 146 and Joe Root’s 88. In response, India declared their innings by scoring 759 runs for seven wickets. This is India’s highest ever score. For India, Nair scored 303 not out, Lokesh Rahul scored 199 runs. England’s team could score 202 runs in the second innings.
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Such is India’s record on Chepak
India has played a total of 32 Test matches at Chepak ground so far, winning 14 matches, losing six and drawing 11. The match played against Australia in 1986 was a tie.
Two steps away from 100 victories in 21st century
On this ground, India can achieve another feat in its name. India are only two wins away from winning 100 Test matches in the 21st century. If the Indian team achieves this feat in the four-match Test series against England starting here on Friday, it will become the fourth team to do so. India has played 216 Tests since January 1, 2000, in which it has won 98, lost 59 and drawn 59. India’s success rate has been 45.37 percent.