The second game of the four-match series marks the return of fans for every cricket event in India since the COVID-19 outbreak in the country in March 2020. And sports fans seem to be excited despite the hopeless show in India in the first test, which England won by a whopping 227 runs. Two days before the start of the game, fans flocked out to collect their physical tickets in exchange for online tickets that sold like hot cakes on February 8. With the size of the meeting increasing by the minute, the queue, approaching the ticket window, moved at a snail’s pace.
To generate more buzz in the run-up to the test, giant billboards with pictures of Indian captain Virat Kohli and English skipper Joe Root were erected in Chepauk and other parts of Chennai. Each day of the match, the MAC Stadium will be home to up to 14,000 spectators, which is expected to create a festive atmosphere.
In accordance with the COVID guidelines set by the central and state governments, the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) will allow only 50 percent of the public at the venue at any one time. While the long wait for a full house continues, the TNCA is delighted to welcome fans back to the stadium. “We will be the first state association in India to organize a competition with the public. We like to do it and are well prepared. The response from the fans was overwhelming. Tickets sold out within half an hour on Monday, ”TNCA secretary Ramasaamy told DT Next.
While Test cricket returns to the city after a four-year hiatus, the ‘knowledgeable Chennai crowd’ is sure to add more life to the high-profile clash.