Despite chill, fans warmed with five-wicket win
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The early morning fog and chill could not dampen the spirits of fans whose number swelled as the day progressed at the PCA Stadium in Mohali during the
fourth ODI match between India and England opn Wednesday.
Mohali might have had low temperature of six degrees Celsius in the morning, but the bright sunshine brought life to the match and what brought smiles on the fans faces was India's five-wicket triumph over the visitors that ensured series win for the hosts.
The PCA stadium which was full-house in attendance erupted in joy when Ravindra Jadeja hit the winning runs. The usual beating of the dhol and bhangra in the aisles, the speakers blaring out Punjabi music, blowing of whistles was missing but the Mexican waves, the crowd chanting slogans made up for everything. The fans kept waving the Indian flags till the end to show their loyalty and thrill.
Local hero Yuvraj Singh was the most cheered on cricketer present on the field. Yuvi caught three catches while fielding made the crowd go berserk in joy. He was standing at the gully and the long-off position while fielding. The fans kept saying 'Yuvi, Yuvi, Yuvi.'
Speaking to Chandigarh Newsline, Yuvraj Singh's fan, Prakriti Malhotra, 19, said, "I wanted to see Yuvraj in action along with my brother, but I could get just one ticket. I am a huge Yuvraj fan, and the fact that he missed last IPL due to his disease made me more excited. It was his first ODI appearance since his recovery, so I wanted to witness the game. He fielded well. I wish he had scored more." Yuvraj made just three runs in the match, while his mother Shabnam Singh watched him in action from the Corporate Box at the stadium. Suresh Raina scored an unbeaten knock of 89 runs while Rohit Sharma made 83 runs to romp India home.
Although there was no Sachin Tendulkar in the Indian team but his fan following never eludes him. The 30-year-old Sudheer Gautam, who is a regular at all Indian venues and well known for his worship-like love for Sachin Tendulkar, was also present in the crowd with the Indian tri-colours painted on his face. He said, "What Tendulkar has given to the game is phenomenal. Even if he is not playing in the ODI format anymore, I will keep wearing the Tendulkar jersey to all the venues, always. I miss him so much." Then there was another girl sitting at the Terrace Block whose Tee read: "I miss you Sachin".
Meanwhile, Chandigarh born legendary cricketer Kapil Dev spent time with his coach and Dronacharya awardee D P Azad outside the Commentary Box. The fans were intimidated to see others commentators like Navjot Sidhu, Rameez Raja, Wasim Akram and Sourav Ganguly, and followed them for autographs.