Officials of the M Chinnaswamy Stadium have already sold almost every ticket in the 30,000-capacity venue, and expected a full house for the crucial second Test starting on Saturday.
Any concern that India’s three-day loss in Pune could dampen the enthusiasm of fans here has been allayed. “We are almost sold out. We have sold 90 % of the tickets as of Friday morning,” Vinay Mruthyunjay, spokesman of the Karnataka State Cricket Association, said. “We expect the rest of the tickets also to be sold before the match.”
He said the heartening aspect was the sales of around 12,000 season tickets, which means fans are expected to come even on weekdays. With the Chinnaswamy Stadium pitch expected to last the distance, unlike the crumbling Pune surface, they will hope the Test goes into the fifth day.
Cricket clashes between India and Australia are spicy affairs and the Bangalore Test promises another battle of attrition. Besides, skipper Virat Kohli is a local favourite as he leads IPL side, Royal Challengers Bangalore. India need to win to prevent Australia from retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.