India’s Test vice-captain, Ajinkya Rahane, and the entire Indian team are excited to have the backdrop of the fans cheering them when they face England on Saturday in the second Test of the ongoing series in Chennai.
After the first Test was played behind closed doors, the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) had allowed the entry of fans in the stadium but not in full capacity as 15,000 seats are allowed to be filled.
It has been more than a year since spectators were seen in the cricket stadium for any international game in India owing to the covid-19 pandemic forcing the country into lockdown.
The eagerness of the fans to return to the stadium to rally behind its home team is reflected by that all the tickets were sold out in less than an hour after they were made available.
“We are all really excited to have fans back. It means a lot to us,” Ajinkya Rahane said while speaking in the press conference on Friday.
While the buzz of the crowd will replace the sound of the speakers which were played hitherto, however, the musical instruments will not be allowed inside the stadium.
Along with the prohibition of speakers and musical instruments, items such as binoculars, bags, jholas, briefcases, radios, laser pointers, digital diaries, laptops, computers, tape recorders, recording devices, remote-controlled devices, inflammable material, professional/video cameras are also disallowed.
The media employees, which were restricted from the first Test are granted permission to enter the media box for the second Test match.
Ajinkya Rahane seeks back to form as India look to make a comeback in the series
Were Ajinkya Rahane and Team India in need of a recollection of any comeback, they need not look far. Rahane himself led the Indian team to a memorable comeback victory in Melbourne after losing in Adelaide against Australia.
The right-hander led from the front with the bat notching up a wonderful century at the iconic MCG – he marched an injury-riddled Indian team to a series victory Down Under.
However, Rahane’s runs are once again under scrutiny. After the Melbourne Test, he has struggled to go past 50 in 6 innings getting out for 1 and 0 in the first Test against England.
India, if they were to hold their record of remaining unbeaten in Test series at home since 2013, will need Ajinkya Rahane to step up with the bat and lift the team; not only the series is on the line, but a loss in the second Test will see India slip away from the World Test Championship final.