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Despite sudden showers, undeterred fans throng Kotla

When Lionel Messi descended on Kolkata for the Argentina-Venezuela friendly a few months ago, there was supposedly a seven-km long traffic jam that prevented around 25,000 fans from entering the stadium till about half time.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2012 00:44 IST
Debjeet Kundu
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When Lionel Messi descended on Kolkata for the Argentina-Venezuela friendly a few months ago, there was supposedly a seven-km long traffic jam that prevented around 25,000 fans from entering the stadium till about half time.


Well, even if it wasn't that bad in the Capital on Tuesday, the homebound traffic, coupled with the thunderstorm and rain, didn't make things easy before the Delhi Daredevils' first home match.

But despite the weather or it being a mid-week affair, the fans were more than keen to catch up on some T20 action. The Ferozshah Kotla hadn't witnessed an encouraging turnout for long — not even Sachin Tendulkar's batting had got in the numbers. So, the 35,000-strong turnout must have been a relief for the organisers.

Having a good time
A delay due to rain is a dampener, especially when there's a chance of the overs being curtailed.

But it can also mean some extra time to spend at the stadium and watching the stars as they go about the drills. And more often than not, one gets a bonus or two too. Like for the crowd in the complimentary and VIP enclosures, having Suresh Raina, R Ashwin and AB de Villiers warm up in front of them was a treat. But Ravindra Jadeja decided to give them something more. He unleashed a cover drive that narrowly missed television anchor Shivani Dandekar to reach the boundary.

The lady had already attracted attention from the crowd and cricketers, and the act added to the interest, drawing a cheer from the stands. It's anybody's guess if Jadeja had hit it deliberately. If yes, even Sourav Ganguly would have appreciated the placement!