- Entrance of the audience was not in the stadiums for the last nearly one year due to the corona epidemic
- The spectators returned to the stadium from the second Test match of the series between India and England at Chepauk, Chennai
- Various health-related arrangements, including spacing, sanitizers and masks between the seats
The second Test match of the series between India and England marked the return of the cricket audience to the stadiums of the country after about a year. The corona epidemic had taken away the spectators from the Games as if they had taken away their lives, but now the specter of cheers and madness about cricket was seen as soon as the spectators returned to Chepauk Stadium. The spectators at the stadium, forgetting the last round in despair and negativity, were seen jumping on Rohit Sharma’s shots.
Someone was wearing his ‘Thala’ Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s number seven Chennai Super Kings jersey, while someone held the ‘Bharat Army’ banner in his hand. If someone was wearing a mask, no one. The presence of around 14-15 thousand spectators had changed the atmosphere of the ground itself. There may be a gap between the seats in the ground, but the love of cricket combined all the spectators into one thread.
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The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) has allowed 50 per cent spectators to enter the stadium for the second Test against England. S Sriram is an admirer of Rohit Sharma but he praises Chennai Super Kings victory in IPL. He especially came to watch Rohit’s batting against England and it was also special because Rohit is playing his first Test in Chennai.
Sriram said, ‘It is great to see Rohit playing the Test. It is a fun to watch his batting. It feels so good to hear ‘Rohit Rohit’ from the audience. There is no enjoyment of cricket without an audience.
The Corona epidemic is not yet gone, but this opportunity to watch cricket on the field filled the audience with positivity and energy. Chennai audiences are known for their love of sports anyway.
When Pakistan defeated India in a thrilling match in 1999, the audience stood up and greeted it. In this match, injured Sachin Tendulkar returned to the dressing room with a tear in his eye. R Venkataraman, who has watched all the tests since watching Narendra Hirwani taking 16 wickets in 1988, said, “I have been watching all the tests at Chepauk since 1987.” Now the circumstances are different and the epidemic has changed lives. ‘
He said, ‘It is nice to see that the games have started again and the audience is being given entry. It is important to follow safety and health protocols.
From eight o’clock in the morning, spectators started gathering at the entrances in Chepauk. For the first time in the last decade, ‘I’, ‘J’ and ‘K’ stands were opened to the audience. Syed Mustafa, who came to watch the match, said, ‘It is an incredible experience. If India wins, it will be icing on the cake. Protocol is difficult to follow but people have to understand themselves how much a mistake can be made. ‘