Goosebump moment: Entire Guwahati stadium sings Vande Mataram
On Sunday, the first T20I of the three-match between India and Sri Lanka was called off before starting due to heavy rain in Guwahati. Not a single ball was bowled after the toss when the rain started. The Barsapara Stadium of Guwahati was overflowing with blue jerseys as a massive number of Indian supporters came to cheer the Indian team.
The match was supposed to be the first match for both the teams of this year and the decade. Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the toss, getting the chance to bowl first but just minutes before the players could take the field, the rain started. As time passes, the rain began to pour more massively, creating an obstacle in the proceeding of the game.
The officials, finally, aborted the game at around 10 pm (IST). The rain continued for about one and a half-hour that caused damp patches on the pitch, forcing to abandon the match into a no-result contest. But, the rain delay could not take away the enthusiasm from the fans present in the stadium, and they started singing ‘Vande Matram’ together that can give goosebumps to any Indian.
Later, the BCCI on their official Twitter handle shared a video showing the fans singing the national anthem while Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant and Shikhar Dhawan entering the ground to check the condition of the pitch. The post was captioned on Twitter, “Guwahati, you beauty.”
Rainwater seeped through leaking covers that were covering the pitch at the stadium. To make dry the pitch, the groundsmen used vacuum drier, but that couldn’t help much. They even used hair dryers and steam irons to prepare the pitch that created some criticism from some fans on social media.
The match starting with the new year brings some positive energy in the people of Guwahati that has witnessed multiple protests in the last month against the Citizen Amendment Act. However, the first match of the three-game series is abandoned and both the teams will arrive Indore for the next T20I scheduled on January 7.