On Wednesday (December 14), there was not even a single road in Chennai that doesn’t tell that what happened in Chennai. Over 3000+ trees fell on the roads and the process of clearing them out of the way is ongoing. Alongside the Chepauk stadium, which is set to host the fifth and final Test starting Friday, the scenes remain the same. The worst-affected around the ground is the Victoria Hostel road, through which many of the spectator will enter for seeing the match!When in Mumbai India was completing their third-Test victory against England. Soon after this they would travel to Chennai after the worst of the storm had passed.
Firstly, it was reported that practice might not happen on Thursday as well, while there were also suggestions of an alternate venue for practice. So both teams right now are scheduled to have just one practice session on Thursday before getting into the final Test. As of Wednesday afternoon, there was still a chance that even that practice session will accommodate only fielding drills but there are arrangements being made inside the ground too.
Right now, work is going on in earnest inside the ground to make it worthwhile for everyone involved. The pitch is being dried using heated charcoal, new sight-screens are being mounted and the outfield is being trimmed. Large parts of the stadium also have chairs that aren’t affixed to the ground; they remained piled up in a corner on Tuesday but have already been replaced and restored in order.