Time and again, cricketers have reiterated that they are nothing without fans. Fans play an important role in the team’s success, which is a proven fact. If a match is played without the fans then the players wouldn’t approach the game enthusiastically. Fans uplift players’ morale.
When the coronavirus pandemic struck the entire world last year, cricketing events were called off. However, after some months, sporting activities started to begin and the cricketing universe returned to the new normal. When the cricket matches resumed, it wasn’t the same as before because matches were played behind closed doors.
No spectator was allowed to enter the stadium. However, the officials decided to bring the loudspeakers with pre-recorded cheers to help the players. The first Test match between India and England at Chepauk Stadium in Chennai was played behind closed doors.
However, the Tamil Nadu government permitted 50% of the fans for the second Test match. Now, the players need not have to worry about fans anymore because the third Test match saw fans turning up in big numbers to cheer for their favourite players.
Virat Kohli maintains social distance
Indian captain Virat Kohli is arguably the best batsman in the world at present. He is the only cricketer to maintain a batting average in excess of 50 across formats. The fact that he is able to maintain his consistency in all three formats makes him a class apart from most other batsmen in modern-day cricket.
It’s because of his batting masterclass, he earned a massive fan base. The 32-year-old Kohli is the most followed cricketer in the world. There have been countless occasions where the fans breached security protocols to meet their idols in person. It’s a feeling that cannot be put in words because the fans have been following them for quite a long time and what’s more memorable than seeing their idol right in front of them?
Although fans turn up in numbers to watch their favourite sports stars in action, they basically don’t get a chance to meet them. However, some fans try to be smart by breaching security only to meet their idol.
During the third Test match between India and England in Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, a fan bypassed the security to meet his idol, Virat Kohli, when the latter was batting on Day 1 of the pink-ball Test alongside Rohit Sharma. The video clip is doing the rounds on social media.