India vs Australia 1st ODI: Black ban at Wankhede Stadium? – cricket

It started with a tweet from a preferred fan membership in Mumbai, the “North Stand Gang – Wankhede”, who posted this early on throughout India’s ODI against Australia: “don’t wear black colour tshirts, entry restricted due to some security reasons…” The tweet went viral, and the suggestion was {that a} safety directive banning black garments had been given to forestall anti-CAA protests at the venue. Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) denied the allegations and shortly issued a clarification. “There have been no instructions given by us or by the police authorities. There is no such ban or restriction.”

This correspondent noticed many spectators in black within the stands. It couldn’t be independently confirmed if there was a particular occasion the place a spectator was requested to take away a black cap or a black t-shirt, or if anybody in an all-black ensemble was turned again. There have been although protests within the stands, with folks sporting t-shirts that learn “No NRC, No NPR, No CAA.” The spectators sporting these shirts weren’t eliminated.

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Earlier within the month, throughout the India-Sri Lanka T20 worldwide in Assam, the police authorities had taken further safety measures by banning even placards studying “4” or “6” and banning marker pens from being carried contained in the stadium.

Two buddies catch up

Steve Waugh and Sourav Ganguly’s relationship return a great distance. Back in 2001, the Indian captain (in)famously saved the Aussie captain ready for the toss throughout an ODI in Vizag, one thing that rankled Waugh for years after. Later, throughout the well-known 2001 Kolkata check match, Ganguly dropped Waugh within the second innings and Waugh advised him, “you just dropped the Test, mate.” As it turned out, Australia have been shot out within the dramatic remaining session of the match.

The two nice rivals have been seen having fun with the match collectively at the Wankhede, sitting facet by facet—not contained in the air-conditioned consolation of the President’s field, however within the open air of a hospitality stand. Waugh is within the metropolis on a piece task for his charitable basis, and Ganguly, now the president of BCCI, was comfortable to play host.

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The Indian batting didn’t do too nicely, and one wonders what one-liners Waugh had for Ganguly as we speak.

Free water at Wankhede

Spectator consolation is usually at the underside of the precedence listing at Indian cricket stadiums. Spectators gaining entry nicely after the match has begun, regardless of arriving and queuing up hours earlier than the beginning time is a standard incidence. It was no completely different at Wankhede, as many would have missed seeing Mumbai man Rohit Sharma perish to a unfastened shot within the fifth over. On second thought, possibly that’s a sight they have been glad to overlook.

One factor everybody may agree on was that the MCA arranging free consuming water throughout stands was a sight for sore eyes, or a reduction for parched throats.

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