India and England players observed a minute’s silence before the fifth Test on Friday to pay homage to former Tamil Nadu chief minister, Jayalalithaa, who died following illness on December 5. (SCORECARD)
The Indian squad members wore black armbands with both teams observing a minute’s silence before the national anthem was played. (UPDATES)
Jayalalithaa, 68, died following a long period of hospitalisation but the news was received calmly by the public as there was concern over how emotional members of her AIADMK party would react.
The state had just finished observing a seven-day mourning when it was braced for the fury of Cyclone Vardah, which struck Chennai on Monday, killing over 10 people in the state and thousands of fallen trees all over the metro.
The groundsmen at the MA Chidambaram stadium did an excellent job to protect the pitch and square to ensure the Test started promptly. A sharp spell of overnight rain too did not delay the match.
Both Ravichandran Ashwin and Murali Vijay, key members of the team hailing from Chennai, tweeted their condolences over the death of Jayalalithaa and on the suffering caused by the cyclone.
The cyclone has caused absolute mayhem, as always the fighting spirit of the city just inspires me.#cyclonevardah— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) December 14, 2016
Deeply saddened at the demise of Hon' CM Jayalalitha. A lady I truly admired. May her soul rest in peace !— VIJAY (@mvj888) December 6, 2016