Chennai: A huge cover in the middle of the pitch at MA Chidambaram Stadium and the intermittent showers across Chennai have not gone down well with cricket lovers in this part of the country who are waiting for a cracker of a contest as Team India takes on West Indies in the first One Day International on Sunday.
MET officials have predicted brief showers for today and tomorrow and that has certainly dampened the spirits of fans. After an India vs Australia game in 2017, which India won comfortably, international cricket returns to Chepauk tomorrow. Tickets are already sold out and there would be a packed house to watch Kohli and Boys play the Carribean men.
Says Vittal, a crazy cricket fan: We are praying for the rains to stop at least for the next two days. We want a gripping and competitive contest to happen here. To see the likes of Rohit, Kohli, Pollard and Hetmeyer in action is a dream come true moment for us.
Echoing the same, Kannadasan, who follows Team India's exploits regularly, says, "The wickets will be slow in Chennai. And add to it some showers. We can expect a low-scoring game."
The MA Chidambaram Stadium at Chepauk in Chennai is the venue for the opening match of the ODI series between #IndvWI #IndvsWIThis venue incidentally, hosted the first-ever Men's Cricket World Cup match in India. pic.twitter.com/4e0E8SZWeK— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 14, 2019
The MA Chidambaram Stadium at Chepauk in Chennai is the venue for the opening match of the ODI series between #IndvWI #IndvsWIThis venue incidentally, hosted the first-ever Men's Cricket World Cup match in India. pic.twitter.com/4e0E8SZWeK
"We still remember the protest by a few when IPL was staged here a couple of years ago. Last year, we saw some matches involving CSK in action. But an international match is happening here after a long gap. Hence our wish is that the Rain could Go Away and Come Another Day." (is this a tweet or quote - please add attribution)