IPL 2018: Snake threat or not; CSK-KKR game is on

As per the last update around 5:45 pm, the fans had queued up outside the gate wearing the yellow jersey.

As the team returned to the IPL fold after serving a two-year ban, the fans are in no mood to let go of the first home game against a high profile team like KKR.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Animals on the cricket pitch isn’t a new spectacle. Stray dogs have often interrupted matches; in fact, during an Indian Premier League (IPL) game two seasons ago, Rishabh Pant underwent a small round of sprint training trying to shoo a dog. Pigeons and seagulls have had casualties in overseas games.

When Velmurugan, chief of the Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi (TVK), a State political party, queried whether the game will go on if snakes were to enter the ground, ahead of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK)-Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) game here at the M.A Chidambaram stadium on Tuesday, it may not have gone down that seriously with the passionate CSK fans.

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No, they aren’t boycotting the opener in the city or nodding to fringe elements.

TVK — the political party — protested against hosting the IPL games in the city as there is still no solution to the Cauvery water-sharing issue.

The Chennai City police arrested 10 members of TVK when they attempted to enter the stadium and have tightened security in the premises.

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CSK is known for three things — Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Chepauk and the demoniac fandom.  As the team returned to the IPL fold after serving a two-year ban, the fans are in no mood to let go of the first home game against a high profile team like KKR.

As per the last update around 5:45 pm, the fans — with tickets in hand — had queued up outside the gate wearing the yellow jersey. The game is on.

The mood is jubilant and spirits, high. But beware of the hiss!