“Will I get my refund?" A question you would expect fans to ask when their team has lost a match or when a heavy downpour terminates play. But Thursday was rather an interesting, perhaps a bitter-sweet day for cricket fans from the country when the team India wrapped up the Third Test match against England at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad inside two days.
India won by 10 wickets a little while after dinner on Day 2, with spinners ruling the game. The pitch was, as expected, under the scanner. Indian skipper Virat Kohli and opener Rohit Sharma, however, defended the pitch.
“To be honest, I don’t think the quality of batting was at all up to standard from both teams,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.
“To be honest I didn’t do anything different. On a pitch like that, you need to have intent. You need to look to score as well, you can’t just keep blocking. The odd ball might just turn, skid on to the stumps if you play for the turn. It’s important to use your feet, try and do as many things as possible to stay ahead of the bowler’s mindset. You need to make sure that you try and find ways to score runs,” said Rohit Sharma in the press conference.
At the end of the day, a win is a win and the victory took India 2-1 up in the four-match Test series against England.
But what about the fans who had anticipated five days of cricket? More importantly, what do they do with the tickets they bought for the remaining days of the day-night match?
Many such fans took to Twitter wondering if they would get a refund for no play on day 3, 4, and 5.
Happy and disappointing with the results - mixed feelings. #INDvENG Won the match but lost the money due to super early result. @bookmyshow we need our money back or ticket for next match.— Deepak Sharma (@DeepakS17194046) February 25, 2021
@BCCI what a match..Will spectators get refund for the 3, 4 and 5 day match ticket. Curious to know 😁😂
— Shree Nivas (@im_sheenu) February 25, 2021
Hi Dipesh, We have highlighted this to our team and are awaiting an update on this. Allow us some time to figure it out for you. Proactive communication will be shared with you via SMS once we have an update. -PS— BookMyShow (@bookmyshow_sup) February 26, 2021
Of course, the unique situation of Test folding under two days inspired memes.
— KJ 🇮🇳 (@jogkunal5) February 25, 2021
— VALIMAI 😎⭐ (@Rohith79806306) February 25, 2021
— Sorry Sirr (@sorry_sirr) February 25, 2021
people who bought a ticket for 3rd test match
— Ankit Mishra (@OyeankitMishra) February 26, 2021
“The ball was coming on nicely yesterday and the odd ball was turning. It was a very good wicket to bat on. But the batting was below-par from both sides. It was bizarre that out of 30 wickets, 21 was to straight balls. It was down to lapse of concentration or playing for turn and beating on the inside," Kohli added.