Chepauk ‘Fandom’: Quality time with folks, quality cricket for heart’s content

S Sriram is an avid Rohit Sharma fan who at all times had his loyalties divided when Mumbai Indians performed in these IPL matches towards his favorite Chennai Tremendous Kings.

However Saturday was particular for Sriram as he was delirious with pleasure watching his hero play an audacious pull-shot off Ben Stokes. Extra particular as a result of Rohit was clad in whites and performed a Take a look at in Chennai for the primary time.

“I’m so completely happy to look at Rohit taking part in in whites in Chennai. He’s such a beautiful participant to look at. Followers cheering ‘Rohit, Rohit’ provides me the goose bumps. Cricket with out spectators was not such an ideal thought however the pandemic compelled it,” the thrill in Sriram couldn’t presumably be missed.

“I waited for a complete day to get my (on-line) ticket redeemed however that doesn’t matter as I’m contained in the stadium now watching the Take a look at,” the childlike enthusiasm of an “achievement” was the truth is infectious as one walked across the Cheapauk circumference attempting to gauge the temper of the followers, who have been queuing up on the gate.

COVID-19 remains to be a actuality however an opportunity to look at their favorite sport dwell alwys provides a little bit of zeal and positivity in people who every part will likely be okay.

Followers in Chennai are essentially the most educated within the nation. They know their sport and aren’t afraid to acknowledge good cricket even from opposition. Wasim Akram’s Pakistan by no means forgot the standing ovation and the refrain of claps after beating India in a thriller in 1999 which had left an injured Sachin Tendulkar teary-eyed within the dressing room.

R Venkataraman, a 49-year-old Take a look at cricket fan, has watched all of the Take a look at matches performed right here for the reason that India-West Indies sport in 1988 through which Narendra Hirwani took 16 wickets.

“I’m an enormous fan of Take a look at cricket and have been coming to the Chepauk for all matches since 1987 and simply benefit from the expertise. The state of affairs now could be totally different and the pandemic has modified life to an ideal extent.

“It’s good that sporting occasions have resumed and one of the best half is that crowds are allowed. However it’s important that individuals obey the protection guidelines like carrying masks and frequent sanitising,” he added.

With the authorities permitting a 50 per cent crowd for the second India-England after the primary was performed behind closed doorways, spectators started queuing up as early as 8 AM to enter the stadium.

“It’s good that the BCCI and TNCA took a call to permit spectators (50 per cent) for the second Take a look at. The followers must be accountable and comply with the protection protocols as a result of a small indiscretion can undo all the great work,” S Prabhu, an avid fan and a techie stated.

The ‘I’, ‘J’ and ‘Ok’ stands have been thrown open for spectators for the primary time in a decade.

“It’s good that the ‘I’, ‘J’ and ‘Ok’ stands have been reopened for followers and good to see individuals sitting within the three (stands). Their closure attributable to some difficulty with the native authorities disadvantaged M A Chidambaram stadium the chance of internet hosting a number of matches together with the 2016 T20 World Cup. Now that they’re open once more, we will see a full stadium for the IPL hopefully,” he added.

Following norms to the ‘T’ in any respect hours will likely be robust feels Syed Mustafa whereas cheering his heroes.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling. Simply to come back out and benefit from the expertise. If India wins, then its like icing on the cake. It will likely be barely robust to comply with the norms however individuals have to take action for their very own good. Even a small mistake can value large,” he added.

Sure, there was distance between the seats however they have been all collectively of their love for cricket tightly knit.

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