No fan-fare on day one

Even though the build-up to the Mohali Test between India and Australia had been creating a buzz among the cricket fans in the region,day one was a complete antithesis.

Written by Shalini Gupta | Mohali | Published:March 15, 2013 1:23 am

Even though the build-up to the Mohali Test between India and Australia had been creating a buzz among the cricket fans in the region,day one was a complete antithesis. It began pouring overnight,and whenever the umpires thought the drizzle had stopped,it would drizzle more. Not a ball was bowled and those who had bought tickets to the game went home disheartened.

It was around 1.15 pm that the umpires and match referee decided to call off the day’s play,and the Indian and Australian teams went back to the hotel after enjoying their lunch. No doubt,the players would have been itching to get into their whites and step onto the PCA Stadium field but due to wet conditions,they couldn’t even warm up there.

Ankit Mahajan,a 14-year-old fan,said,“I was quite sure that the play will take place later in the day. I had an exam too. After taking the exam,I rushed to the stadium,only to hear that the play was called off. I hope that it doesn’t rain tomorrow and the match gets underway. I am excited to see Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar in action.”

A person selling Indian flags and whistles outside the stadium was equally disappointed. “I would have made some money today by selling the flags and other things. Fans are generally quite liberal in spending when it comes to Indian cricket team. I could not sell even a single flag today.”

The same was the case with the Australian fans. “We wanted to see Michael Clarke’s men display good cricket. But the rain has wasted one day of cricket. We hope to come back tomorrow with bright sunshine in the sky,” said Matthew Yorath from Perth.

A handful of Aussie fans also performed rain dance outside the PCA Stadium. “This is our way of entertaining when the game is not happening,” said one of them.

10 mm rainfall

The city received 10 mm rainfall,causing a sharp dip in the day temperature. The maximum temperature was recorded as 20.5 degrees Celsius on Thursday. There was a dip of more than 10 degrees in the day temperature that was six degrees below normal.

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