For the love of the game

For the love of the game

Thousands of people made their way to Chinnaswamy Stadium as early as 5 am on Thursday to be the first to buy tickets for the One Day International (ODI) between Australia and India, scheduled on November 2 at Chinnaswamy Stadium.

The many scandals that rocked Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the game of cricket itself, hasn’t dampened the spirits of true blue cricket fans who say, their love of the game overshadows all other factors.

Metrolife spoke to a cross-section of Bangaloreans who were willing to pay any price and said that they are eager to watch the match.

When the bookings opened on Thursday morning, the willingness to pay anything for a ticket was only symptomatic of the cricket fever running high in the City.

Most people came to pick up tickets from the counters either before or after work and students bunked college for the day.

Although the tickets to the Gallery (D-stand) priced at Rs 300 were all sold out, people were willing to pay for the higher ticket denominations. A couple of new stands have been added at the stadium and the ticket prices are pretty much on the higher side for the one-day match.

The rates are as follows: A-Upper stand (Rs 1,500), B-Upper (Rs 1,500), A-Lower (Rs 3,500), A-Executive (Rs 4,500), Annex Lower (Rs 5,000), Pavilion Terrace (Rs 7,000), P-Corporate (Rs 8,000) and P-Upper (Rs 12,500). 

Sanmit, who has just completed his graduation in computer applications, says he has never missed a single cricket match that has been played in the City. “After the Indian team, I have a few favourite players in the Australian and New Zealand cricket teams and watching them live offers a different high,” adds Sanmit.

Naveen, a student of SJP College, is all set to head to the match with a bunch of 15 friends. “We have spent more than Rs 15,000 on tickets and Indian jerseys. It’s not always that an international match is held in the City, so we don’t want to miss it,” Naveen says.

Whoever thinks that girls don’t stand in queues to buy tickets to a cricket match are mistaken.

There were a sizeable numbers of girls who say that gender is no criteria when it comes to enjoying cricket. Akanksha, a final-year BBM student of Christ University, states, “I follow cricket very closely and it’s the ‘craze for the game’ that has brought me here. I don’t think cricket is enjoyed only by men. A lot of women too enjoy the sport.”

 However, there are also a few people who have consciously decide to stay away from the match. Nirmal, an MBA student of CMRIT, firmly believes that the game of cricket is manipulated.

“It is important to free cricket from politics. If this is not done, it may hamper the interest of those who enthusiastically follow the game,” notes Nirmal. Abhijeet, another student, too shares Nirmal’s view when he sums up, “Looks like everybody is playing for money and not for the spirit of the game. Most of the matches seem to be fixed.”

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