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CHEER LEADERS: Vociferous fans at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore during the first one-day international cricket match of Future Cup between India and Australia in Bangalore on Saturday.
CHEER LEADERS: Vociferous fans at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore during the first one-day international cricket match of Future Cup between India and Australia in Bangalore on Saturday.

Raghava M.

Even after the match started, some were seen desperately trying to sell the tickets at face value

BANGALORE: After all that hype, it turned out to be a dull day for cricket fans as well as the ubiquitous hawkers on Saturday. While thousands of fans found it hard to lay their hands on that elusive ticket, many who managed to get in had to return home disheartened as sharp showers forced the play to be called off.

Hawkers selling fruits, corn and other nibbles were disappointed as business was dull.

On Saturday, many people found it hard to get the elusive person who would give them ticket.

B. Ashitosh, an engineering student, was among the many hanging around for want of a ticket. Even after play had started, Mr. Ashitosh, a native of Assam, was scrambling around, looking for that angel who would sell him a couple of tickets.

With a woebegone expression, he said the Rs. 200 ticket was being sold by scalpers for 10 times that amount two days ago. “Can you give me your pass?” he asked this reporter hopefully.

Sanjeev Kulkarni, working in a local hospital, joined in. “My brother and I want to accompany a pass holder and see the match at least for some time,” he said, after snapping at his sibling who was pestering him for an entry.

A few men were seen offering tickets — some looking decidedly dodgy but there were others who seemed to have genuine reasons for the change of mind — but ironically, there were no takers.

“I have an extra Rs. 1,000 ticket. Pay me the same amount and take the ticket,” said Giridhar Potnis.

Another one said: “This ticket (Rs. 3,000) has not been punched. Look at it closely.” People did, but didn’t buy.

Hawkers’ grouse

Hawkers too did not have a good day. “I am standing here since noon. I am not finding many customers,” grumbled young Kisori, who was standing with pushcart near the HAL Corporate Office. “I could have had good business if I had placed the stall near the BRV Parade Ground.”

But her guess was wrong because there was not much joy on the face of fellow hawker Amjad, who was offering mixed fruits for Rs. 10 near the Parade Ground.

“There are so many hawkers here. I hope to sell all my stock of papaya today,” said Amjad, who usually conducts his business in Cubbon Park.

However, those selling the national flag, tricolour bands and team colours, as well as those painting faces did well. “I have been able to sell all the flags I brought all the way from Jaipur,” said Surjeet. He plans to follow the team to the other cities with his ware.

Not much activity was seen in the Incident Command Centre set up jointly by the Revenue Department, Karnataka Fire and Emergency Services, Department of Information and Publicity and Health Department to manage emergency situations. A handful of officials were found in the tent placed on the BRV Parade Ground.

Apparently, they were denied entry into the stadium. Near the Rs. 100 counter, bags and helmets were strewn all over as security consideration banned ticket-holders from taking them inside. No one knows how many got their possessions back.

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