Cricket is open again, crowds line up at Chepauk: ‘Chennai always a Test city, long gap was painful’

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Cricket is open again, crowds line up at Chepauk

# Rama Subramanian, 64, has been watching Tests at Chepauk since 1975. By contrast, Gopinath, who is in his forties, and his son Ajith, will be at the venue for the first time to watch a Test.

# Mythily has been a regular at the Indian Premier League (IPL) fixtures at Chepauk. She wanted to be in the stands for the second India-England Test that begins on Saturday – when cricket welcomes back spectators to the ground after a year of Covid-enforced hiatus.

# Kamraj, a middle-aged software engineer and Test cricket nerd, hasn’t missed a five-day fixture at Chepauk since the India-Australia tied Test in 1986.

The fans all stood in queue for hours on Friday, baking in the sun, waiting to collect the tickets that they had booked online.

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