CSK made their comeback after an absence of two years in this year’s IPL. Their homecoming to Chepauk, against KKR on April 10th, was as grand and loud as it could’ve been. It was synonymous to how much the local crowd missed the boys in yellow. Thousands welcomed Dhoni and his team in yellow as they marched towards the crowd.
“It feels good to come back after two years and win the first game. I think it was a fantastic game. They (the crowd) deserved every bit of it,” said MS Dhoni in the post match interview.
But the happy homecoming didn’t last for long. All IPL matches have been moved out of Chepauk and instead Pune will be home ground of CSK for the remainder of the season. All this came after pro-Tamil groups promised disrupting the IPL games citing the Cauveri controversy. In the match against KKR, despite heavy security presence, there were slogans shouted against CSK and shoes hurled towards Faf du Plessis and Ravindra Jadeja from the crowd.
Earlier before the match, hundreds of protesters took to the streets to protest against the match against KKR. Earlier they threatened to unleash snakes into the stadium if no action was taken.
The sale of tickets have stopped and Pune has been declared CSK’s official host city. While it all seems logical and justifiable ,many players of the team put forward their unhappiness about the possibility of never playing in Chepauk for the remainder season:
— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) April 12, 2018
Sad to be leaving Chennai and not be able to come back this season..#whistlepodu
— Faf Du Plessis (@faf1307) April 12, 2018
Very sad that we have to play our remaining home games away from Chennai. Feeling for the players and the fans but also hoping for a peaceful and swift resolution to the current problems. Thanks for the incredible support of all the Csk fans
— Mike Hussey (@mhussey393) April 12, 2018
Sad to be leaving Chennai today. Great to be back and again experience the love and passion the Tamil Nadu fans have for cricket and CSK. I trust a ‘peaceful’ resolution is found soon for the problems at hand. Thanks to everyone for making the team so welcome.
— Stephen Fleming (@SPFleming7) April 11, 2018
Jadeja posted this on twitter:
— Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) April 11, 2018
Sam Billings, the man who took CSK to victory against KKR, said, “Gutted that we have had to move from Chepauk, the atmosphere was unbelievable! Thoughts with the fan who was badly hurt last night, no one should go to watch & end up in hospital. Hope he recovers soon & all issues are resolved. Keep supporting us it makes a huge difference!”