'Kya karte ho itne paise ka?' - Fans slam BCCI for poor drainage system in Nagpur after delay in IND vs AUS 2nd T20I
The second T20I between India and Australia has been delayed due to the wet outfield and the situation has made the passionate fans restless with the series on the line.
India will be looking to stage a comeback in the must-win second T20I against the reigning T20 world champions Australia at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur on Friday, September 23. With the series on the line, the Men in Blue have no other choice but to come out on top.
Nonetheless, the weather gods had other plans as the rain played a spoilsport in Vidarbha. Even though the pitch inspection took place twice - at 7PM and then at 8 PM IST - it was to no avail as the wet outfield meant that it was completely unfavorable for the contest to take place.
Fans wait impatiently for the second IND vs AUS match to begin
Rain was predicted to play a spoilsport in this contest and in fact, the training session that was scheduled for Thursday, September 22 i.e. a night before the game also had to be called off due to showers.
Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on their official Twitter handle has gone on to confirm that the next inspection is scheduled to take place at 8:45 PM IST. Now, it remains to be seen whether the game is happening or will there be more delay due to the wet outfield as the passionate fans and viewers of cricket wait patiently for the on-field action even if it happens to be a truncated contest.
Focus will be on the key players skipper Rohit Sharma and batting megastar Virat Kohli as they look to regain their mojo on the 22 yards heading into next month's T20 World Cup 2022 down under. At the same time, India would also be looking to address their death bowling woes having failed to defend targets thrice this month.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar failed for a third straight time bowling the penultimate over while comeback man Harshal Patel also could not rediscover his rhythm with the ball in hand and was taken to the cleaners especially by Matthew Wade who clobbered him for two sixes in the 18th over.
Here's how Twitter reacted to the delay:
No rain still .. .— Professor samuel oak (@prof_oak123) September 23, 2022
Poor drainage system in richest board 😂
Richest board but no proper drainage system 😂— Professor samuel oak (@prof_oak123) September 23, 2022
So much money but no proper drainage system, produced bowlers with no pace, swing and Yorkers .. Not sure if Indian cricket is headed in right direction under Ganguly.— Thumps Up (@ThumpsUp0000) September 23, 2022
@BCCI @SGanguly99 - Shame on you guys, in this day and age if we are not able to play a cricket match due to overnight rain !! Wow. Only if our country had better management and accountability for things like these.— SpeakTheTruth (@NilohitS) September 23, 2022
Abe itna paisa kamate ho , Har international ground ko atlest full cover Ki facility Toh minimum agr super sopper Nai hai . This rain happened last night not few hours back . If the full ground was covered then the outfield could have easily dried by now .— Shubham Anita Verma (@Shubhroxz) September 23, 2022
Another inspection at 8 PM...what the hell very poor drainage system...what if it rains even for 15 mins during this period, I think it will be abandoned.— Sathish (@Itsme7586) September 23, 2022
This is standard of indian cricket management? Refund ticket money when match gets cancelled due to rain/wet outfield. Its your faulty venue selection and team selection we are loosing money and cups!!— Vickey (@Vickeyyyyy) September 23, 2022
BCCI,richest board in world & doesn't have super-soppers in stadiums where int'l matches takes place,gives insight into BCCI'S ambitions regarding ICT growth & too much focus on IPL.— Kriti Singh (@krititweets_) September 23, 2022
If 🇮🇳 doesn't win a ICC trophy in 1-2 year,IPL brand value will also fall.
Sirf naam ke hi sabse Ameer bord hai facility To kuchh Bhi nahin Hai 😠😠😠😠— Nikita Malviya 🇮🇳 (@NikitaMalviya04) September 23, 2022