Sunil Gavaskar, Virat Kohli
Sunil Gavaskar, Virat Kohli. (Photo: Twitter)

Legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar reacting to the decision made by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to host former Indian captain Virat Kohli’s 100th Test behind closed doors, said that it will be disappointing to have no spectators in Kohli’s 100th Test match.

Batting maestro Virat Kohli will be playing his 100th match in the purest format of the game in the first Test match of the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka National Cricket Team at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh, from Friday, March 4.

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Indian skipper Virat Kohli. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav /IANS)
Indian skipper Virat Kohli. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav /IANS)

Also, Virat Kohli will become the overall 71st cricketer to play 100 Test matches and the 12th most capped Indian Test player.

Meanwhile, PCA treasurer RP Singla on Saturday confirmed the development that the spectators will not be permitted at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh for Virat Kohli’s 100th Test and he said that the decision has been taken following a directive from the board.

I think the decision has been taken in the greater interest – Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar, Rohit Sharma
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Batting legend Gavaskar said that he is disappointed that there will be no spectators in Kohli’s 100th Test but he believes that the decision has been taken by the BCCI in greater interest as the Covid-19 cases have increased in Mohali.

“Any game that you play, you want the crowd to be there. India has played without any crowds in recent times. Any performer, be it an actor, be it a cricketer, wants to play in front of the crowd.

“The 100th Test is very very special. Disappointing that there is going to be no crowd, but I think the decision has been taken in the greater interest. The cases have increased in and around Mohali, where the match is going to be played,” Sunil Gavaskar told Sports Today.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. Photo Credit: (BCCI)

Meanwhile, the decision to have no spectators in Mohali for the first Test match of the two-match Test series between India and Sri Lanka has not gone down well with a section of cricket fans as the 50 per cent capacity crowd is allowed for the second Test at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

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