Cyclone ‘Vardah’ that lashed the city last Monday caused considerable damage to the Chepauk stadium. But it is now ready to host the fifth and final Test between India and England starting today.
The groundstaff at the Chepauk were seen using burning coal to dry the pitch set to be used for the match.
India have bounced back from that Rajkot scare quite brilliantly, outplaying England in all departments in the three Test matches that followed. The pace bowlers have given Virat Kohli wickets when he needed it, the batsmen, led by the captain himself, have stepped up, while the lower order batting has been India’s real strength.
BCCI’s south zone curator PR Viswanathan is satisfied with the current condition of the pitch.
“The wickets prepared for the match and the outfield are in excellent condition. It should play true but I cannot say as to how the wicket would behave,” Viswanathan said.
Chennai has been making headlines these past few days. It’s less than 10 days since Chennai lost former chief minister Jayalalitha and two days since Cyclone Vardah left tens and hundreds of uprooted trees.
Meanwhile, a total of 1250 police personnel shall be on duty at the venue to provide security. To oversee the safety arrangements, Joint Commissioner Of Police East, S Manoharan, and Assistant Commissioner, S Muthuvelpandi, have been brought on board”.