IPL 2018: Chennai Super Kings fans attacked by protesters
Due to the ongoing political tensions, matches have been moved out of Chepauk
Published - Apr 13, 2018 1:49 pm | Updated - Apr 13, 2018 1:49 pm
The Chennai Super Kings is probably the most followed franchise in the Indian Premier League. A two year suspension added more loyalty among the fans towards the franchises. The Chepauk stadium in Chennai is known to be a fortress for the team as the visitors often find it difficult to get the ball rolling. MS Dhoni has a win percentage of over 60% at the Cheapuk and fans turn up in big numbers to support their ‘Thala.’ The excitement level has gone to a new high as CSK are coming back to the league after two-year hiatus.
The wait continues
The franchise did not disappoint the fans in the first game after their return as they beat KKR in a nail-biting finish. However, much to their dismay, the ongoing Cauvery issue has come to haunt the fans as the games have been shifted out and Pune has been decided as the new venue. Police personnel expressed their inability to provide adequate security for the matches.
A video has surfaced on the internet in which a few protesters were seen thrashing Saravanan Hari, arguably the biggest fan of CSK. The protesters manhandled him and threw away his belongings. Moreover, Hari comes in all of Chennai Super Kings matches, drenched in yellow, wearing a wig. He also carries a huge CSK flag with him. To see such fans attacked in this way is very disheartening.
During the home game, the protesters also hurled shoes in the stadium that fell just near the South African skipper Faf Du Plessis. The Police took immediate action and removed such people out of the stadium. But the threat of such incidents happening again coupled with other safety concerns had forced the BCCI to shift the home games out of Chennai.
This news comes as a big blow to the fans who were eagerly waiting to support their franchise. The 2019 IPL may also be shifted out of India due to the scheduled General Elections which means that matches will not be held in Chepauk in the near future.
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