Virat Kohli Poster Helps Out Fans Stuck in Rain
The much-anticipated IPL 2023 final between Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans took an unexpected turn as relentless rain forced the match officials to call off the game on Sunday night. Disappointed spectators found themselves stranded in the stadium without umbrellas as the rain continued to pour. However, an unlikely hero came to their rescue in the form of a giant-size poster featuring none other than the Indian cricket team captain, Virat Kohli.
As the announcement of the match being moved to the Reserve Day was made at 11:00 PM IST, the rain showed no signs of stopping in Ahmedabad. The ground at the Narendra Modi Stadium transformed into a mini pond, with serious puddles forming on the pitch and the outfield. Fans who had eagerly gathered for the thrilling encounter were left disappointed and drenched.
Fans Take Shelter
With the match officially called off, the crowd faced the daunting task of exiting the stadium amid the pouring rain. Fortunately, the organizers had strategically placed giant posters of players and their significant moments from the IPL season, including Virat Kohli's memorable performances. Quick-thinking fans from both Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans saw an opportunity and brought down Kohli's poster to seek shelter beneath it.
Under the protective cover of the Kohli poster, the enthusiastic fans made their way out of the stadium, using it as a shield against the relentless rain. It was an amusing sight to see rival supporters huddled together, united in their quest to escape the inclement weather.
Other Fan Antics
Before the delayed match videos circulated on social media showcasing the immense sea of yellow outside the Narendra Modi Stadium, with fans eagerly waiting in line to catch a glimpse of the veteran cricketer. Dhoni's popularity knows no bounds, and the chants of "Dhoni, Dhoni" echoed through the streets of Ahmedabad, further exemplifying the adoration he commands.
When the delay happened, fans who had gathered at the Narendra Modi Stadium had to return home without witnessing any action. Videos and pictures surfaced on social media, revealing some CSK fans sleeping on the floor at a nearby railway station.
Expectations for the Final Match
Despite the disappointment of the washout, there was a glimmer of hope for a thrilling conclusion on Reserve Day. The weather forecast for Monday indicated the possibility of rain, but fortunately, it was not expected during the match hours. This meant that the IPL final would proceed as a full 20-over contest to determine the champion of the 2023 season.
Chennai Super Kings entered the final for the remarkable tenth time, aiming to clinch their sixth IPL title and equal the record held by the Mumbai Indians. Having been a dominant force in the tournament's history, the Chennai team was determined to add another trophy to their illustrious collection. On the other hand, the defending champions, Gujarat Titans, were eager to etch their name in history by becoming the first team since Chennai to successfully defend the IPL title.
Before the Final Match
As the Reserve Day approached, fans were hopeful for a thrilling match that would live up to the hype surrounding the IPL 2023 final. The stage was set, and all eyes were on the players as they prepared to battle it out for cricketing glory.
Whether it would be Chennai Super Kings claiming their rightful place at the top or Gujarat Titans continuing their reign, the fans eagerly awaited the showdown, hoping for an exciting and memorable match that would captivate cricket lovers across the globe.