It wasnt even a few minutes since 11 am,the time when tickets for Sachin Tendulkars farewell Test had gone on sale online on Monday,when Nitin Dalal (joint secretary of the Mumbai Cricket Association) received a phone call from the website in concern,www.kyazoonga. com.
The websites server,due to the overwhelming response,had crashed. The scene was far worse at the ticket counters outside the Wankhede Stadium.
On Monday morning,big crowds lined up outside Wankhedes ticket windows (to purchase the 4,500 tickets on sale for the public) that just wouldnt open. When the fans got agitated,the police turned up to dismiss them. Until late evening,people flocked outside these windows with no avail. The fans were directed online,to a page that wouldnt load.
Later,a kyazoonga press release explained that after close to 19.7 million hits in the first hour,kyazoonga had crashed. MCA treasurer Vinod Deshpande was apologetic for the malfunction and said that he was certain the website would be up and running shortly.
We were told by Kyazoonga that many tickets were sold. But due to the traffic,the system crashed,
But what if a similar footfall occurs when the website is up and running again? We are hopeful that tickets will be for sale online again, the treasurer added.