Zeenews Sports Bureau
Wankhede: For two days, the bleak Wankhede crowd witnessed West Indies batsmen making a rare merry but come Day 3 of Mumbai Test, there was a considerable increase in the crowd attendance at the stadium.
Guess any reasons for that? Well the inevitable one of Sachin Tendulkar’s 100th ton. With Windies finishing Day 2 at 575 for 9, it was a certainty that India would be playing the majority of Day 3 and a possibility of Sachin batting.
And now with the visitors bundled out, crowds were pouring in to see India bat or rather see Sachin bat.
Long queues of fans were seen outside the ticket counters of the Mumbai Cricket Association at the adjacent Mumbai Hockey Association premises more than an hour before the start of play on day three of the match.
Police personnel and the private security guards employed by the MCA, after two days' of lull, had to swing into action to control the crowd and allow for smooth entry into the 33,000-capacity stadium that had been revamped ahead of the World Cup held earlier this year.
Cricket expert Sanjay Manjrekar had also noticed the phenomenon and tweeted about it.
Sanjay tweeted: ‘The Tendulkar magnet has pulled a few people to the wankhede stadium..so happy to see that :)’
People following the game on the web also tweeted on the Wankhede crowd.
‘Finally some atmosphere at Wankhede. The stands have come to life: long queues, waving flags. #IndvsWI #Sachin’, tweeted a fan while another one said, ‘Unimagineble long queues outside the wankhede’.
With Agency inputs