Generally, wherever the Indian captain Rohit Sharma bats all around the country, he gets cheered a lot and his dismissals are met with a silence in the Indian stadiums, but the scenario was completely opposite today on the first day of the second test match between India and Sri Lanka, where Rohit Sharma’s dismissal was celebrated by plenty of Indian fans.
The test match is actually being played at M Chinnaswamy stadium which is the home ground of RCB. The RCB fans, who had turned up in large numbers to watch the game, wanted to see Virat Kohli bat and when Rohit got out as the second Indian wicket, the spectators knew the next batsman coming in would be Virat.
So, there was a huge cheer in the stadium as soon as Rohit was caught at the gully position off the bowling of the Sri Lankan left arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya.
Chinnaswamy crowd knew Rohit Sharma’s dismissal will bring Virat Kohli to the crease
Those cheers might not have been necessarily for Rohit Sharma’s dismissal, but for the fact that Virat Kohli was going to bat at Chinnaswamy after a long time and the local fans eagerly wanted to watch India’s former skipper and one of country’s premier test batsman in action.
Virat, before this test match against Sri Lanka, had not played any international game at the Chinnaswamy stadium since the start of the COVID pandemic. Even the IPL, for the last couple of years, have taken place in the UAE and at the select few venues in India, not at Chinnaswamy.
The Bengaluru fans hadn’t witnessed Virat in action for a long, long time and their excitement was understandable, but some of the other Indian fans on Twitter didn’t quite like the fact that the crowd cheered the dismissal of an Indian captain, even though the next batsman coming in was Virat Kohli. Here are some of the Twitter reactions –
The things you see! Rohit Sharma gets out and there are cheers around the Chinnaswamy Stadium. They were waiting for Kohli.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 12, 2022Advertisement
Rohit Sharma gets that feel what Rahul Dravid usually got often when he gets out in Test Cricket.Advertisement
Huge cheer from the crowd as India's No.4 Walks In.
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) March 12, 2022Advertisement
Loud cheers in M Chinnaswamy Stadium after Rohit Sharma's dismissal. No, they aren't supporting Sri Lanka, Virat Kohli walks in next. #INDvSLAdvertisement
— Subhayan Chakraborty (@CricSubhayan) March 12, 2022
Rohit Sharma has created a new record of loudest cheer ever on dismissal
— Booker T (@shekhariyat) March 12, 2022Advertisement
— rishabh_just rishabh (@rishabh75968439) March 12, 2022
— Darsh (@kohlisflick) March 5, 2022Advertisement
All the cheers at the Chinnaswamy as Rohit Sharma departs and Virat Kohli enters the field.
Good bowling, Embuldeniya, Virat beware. Rohit with another low score, not his series with the bat.Advertisement
— Priyam Singh (@priyamthinkso) March 12, 2022
He plays in Mumbai gets huge cheer after wicket
He plays in Bengaluru gets same applaud
One is Rohit’s home and other is Kohli’s IPL home https://t.co/wBb8kwRPzY
— Abhinav (@forever_one8) March 12, 2022Advertisement
The cheer I heard here after rohit got out was the loudest I have heard in a long timeAdvertisement
— Tabrez (@tabrezdont) March 12, 2022