Disappointment is what the cricket fans in India are experiencing currently as the remainder of the T20I matches scheduled between India and England at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad will be played without crowds in attendance. The move comes in the wake of rising cases of coronavirus in the state of Gujarat and neighbouring Maharashtra. “Due to the rise in the Covid-19 cases, we at GCA, with consultation with BCCI, have decided that the remaining matches to be played behind closed doors," a press release from the state association said. What this essentially means is that the third (March 16), fourth (March 18), and fifth (March 20) T20I clashes all of which share the same venue as Narendra Modi Stadium have shut doors for the fans.
As the news broke on social media, several fans who were looking forward to catching the live-action between India and England from the stadium expressed their dismay on the microblogging site Twitter.
Many of them shared photos of the tickets they had purchased for the games.
"Gujarat Cricket Association"#T20I #NarendraModiStadium #IndiavsEngland I traveled 1000kms for the match.. Tickets in hand but cant watch the match..Should have allowed the crowd for today's match😣@cricketaakash @GCAMotera @jatinsapru @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/EgpMrYpf8x— Arzoo Baig (@thisisarzoo) March 16, 2021
NEVER GO FOR A CRICKET MATCH WITH @PillaiYash booked tickets for pink ball test; day 3&4 - match got over on day 2..
— Arrya Parekh (@ParekhArrya) March 15, 2021
What luck man !!!Booked ticket for 3rd test 3rd day. Match over on second day.Booked for 5th T20. No spectator allowed 🙁— (@Gurupatel147) March 15, 2021
Hi @bookmyshow @bookmyshow_sup I've booked six tickets of #INDvsENG 4th T20. As the news are coming that upcoming matches will be conducted without audience. When can I expect full refund of my payment?Booking ID: SPSM0EM6A15R0H pic.twitter.com/QzsB0Zprto— Mihir Trivedi (@mihirtrivedigm) March 15, 2021
There’s, however, some respite for the spectators as the refund will be given to them.
We have issued following press release regarding remaining T20 matches played at A’bad. @PTI_News @ANI @BCCI @JayShah @GCAMotera @dgpgujarat @CMOGuj @Mukeshias pic.twitter.com/cEOHVfdpA9— Dhanraj Nathwani (@DhanrajNathwani) March 15, 2021
Meanwhile, after losing the first contest, India bounced back strongly in the second clash where debutant Ishan Kishan starred with the bat. Half-centuries from Kishan and captain Virat Kohli that followed a tremendous bowling performance helped India level the series 1-1 with a seven-wicket win over England in the second T20I at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
Chasing 165, Kishan made an attacking 56 off 32 with five fours and four sixes to set up the chase. Rishabh Pant then took over with a 13-ball 26 cameo to continue the momentum. Through it all, captain Kohli did what he does best – anchoring the innings before finishing with a flourish to end unbeaten on 73 off 49 as India finished in 17.5 overs.