Filled-to-capacity stadium greets Kohli, Rahane on Day 2 of third Test
The Holkar Stadium was filled to its capacity for the second consecutive day on Sunday as according to official figures 22,536 spectators were present to cheer India team captain Virat Kohli and other batsmen on the second day of third and final Test of the Paytm test series.Updated: Oct 10, 2016 06:23 IST
The Holkar Stadium was filled to its capacity for the second consecutive day on Sunday as according to official figures 22,536 spectators were present to cheer India team captain Virat Kohli and other batsmen on the second day of third and final Test of the Paytm test series
This is the first time a Test match is being played at the Holkar Stadium. Initially, in the morning session a large number of seats remained unoccupied as many may have decided to remain at home because of Mahaasthami puja. But as the day progressed, people started thronging the stadium and soon after the lunch break the stadium was filled to its capacity.
Team India’s unbeaten record at the ground in the one-day internationals and the flawless batting display of Kohali and Ajinkya Rahane attracted people to the ground. The marathon 365-run stand between Kohli and his deputy Rahane kept thousands of fans glued to their seats the entire day. Kohli hit 20 boundaries in his stellar knock while Rahane struck four sixes and 18 fours in his gritty innings.
“How could we miss a chance to get a glimpse of our favourite cricket stars scoring century and double century at our own Holkar Stadium,” a number of cricket fans said in unison. “It is complete vaisa vasool cricket for us,” said 28-year-old pharmacist Dipesh Bhatt. “We had perfect Sunday holiday here at stadium. We came to stadium to enjoy Kohali’s batting and he not only scored a double century, but the way he batted along with Ajinkya (Rahane) made our day,” he added.
Daily ticket sale brings more fans
The decision of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) to start its daily ticket sale from Saturday morning brought more fans to the stadium as many those who failed to purchase season tickets. Adding to this, unlike the first day, clear shiny weather was another factor to draw people to the ground.
After match it’s garba time
It was a kind of double delight for those spectators who came to stadium from different parts of city. As Abhay Prashal and Basketball indoor stadium, two prominent garba venues situated just about a few metres away from stadium, many spectators turned towards the garba venues after stumps. “After enjoying a perfect day of cricket, we are going to enjoy garba at Abhay Prashal and Basketball indoor stadium,” said 25-year-old IT professional Rajani Dawar, adding though a few hours are left for garba, we will wait because many of us came from distance and it’s not possible for us to go home and come back again.
First Published: Oct 10, 2016 06:23 IST