The second test of the Paytm test series between India and England ended today. The hosts won the second test by a huge margin to square the four match series. The significance of this test match between India and England was the reintroduction of audience in the stadiums for cricket matches after almost a year. Also, the local boy Ashwin Ravichandran’s all round performance lit up Chepauk.
After the stunning 317 run victory, ‘#KnowledgableChennaiCrowd’ was trending on Twitter. The fans filled up the stadium in large numbers over the weekend though only 50% occupancy was allowed. The stellar performance of Ashwin with the ball and his heroic century lifted up the spirits of the Chepauk audience. The crowd were on their feet and keep the whistles going.
From acknowledging captain Virat’s request for support and whistles to wishing Ben Foakes for his birthday, the knowledgable Chennai crowd celebrated every moment. However, the real fan moment for the fans was when Ashwin acknowledged it in his tweet. Ashwin thanked the Chennai supporters for turning out in large numbers and keeping up the spirit alive.
Ashwin tweeted, “I can’t express how I feel right now, but I am so very grateful to each and everyone who has wished me over the last few days. I would also like to thank the #KnowledgableChennaiCrowd for turning up in numbers and making me feel like a hero”
I can’t express how I feel right now, but I am so very grateful to each and everyone who has wished me over the last few days. I would also like to thank the #KnowledgableChennaiCrowd for turning up in numbers and making me feel like a hero. 🙏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/VXEgC0GU2D
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) February 16, 2021
A scintillating victory puts India in contention for the Test championship final if they win and draw the remaining two tests. However, England will look forward to pulling up their socks in the pink ball test in Ahmedabad.