On the occasion of the 100th test of Virat Kohli, BCCI has made a huge announcement.
The first test between India and Sri Lanka, which will start on Friday, is all set to host 50% of the audience. Earlier the game was to be played behind closed doors, but BCCI has decided to make this exception for their marquee player Virat Kohli.
Earlier on Tuesday, Jay Shah came out with a statement addressing the fans. In his statement, he declared that the first test would not be played behind closed doors. He added, “the decision to allow spectators into the ground is taken by State cricketing Association, and… the fans will be able to witness the historical moment of Virat Kohli playing his 100th Test Match.”
This is massive news for the cricket fans in India who were ruing over the fact that Virat Kohli will not get the fitting ovation he deserves on the occasion of his 100th test.
It is also great news for cricket fans in general. Although India is playing the second home series on the trot, the fans were kept at bay due to Covid restrictions.
Entire nation is happy for Virat Kohli
Thus far, in the home season of Indian cricket, fans have only been allowed on two locations. One was Eden Gardens, where they witnessed India’s comprehensive victory over West Indies. The other was in Dharamshala, where India squashed Sri Lanka.
In his closing statement, Jay Shah added, “I am really looking forward to Virat Kohli’s 100th test and wish our champion the very best. This is an occasion for our fans to savor. May he continue to represent the country in many more matches to come.”
This hasty decision by BCCI is said to impact the public outrage. Earlier, the board had announced that the match would be played behind closed doors. Following this, there was a considerable outrage caused among the fans. They even went to the extent of criticizing the board for having an agenda against Kohli.
And they are not entirely wrong in believing the same.
The past three to four months have witnessed some torrid times in Indian cricket. With Virat Kohli being sacked from his position as the ODI captain and later his stepping down from the Test captaincy, all point toward something rotten inside BCCI.
However, Indian cricket seems to be in relatively safe hands with Rohit Sharma in charge. Still, the fans of Virat Kohli and Indian fans, in general, would love to see Kohli achieve much more for himself as well as the team.