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That’s it for day 4 then
They have taken the decision to finish it right here. We now have a most of 196 overs to get a end result out of this in any other case the trophy and the award cash will probably be shared. I depart you with this yarn from Nagraj Gollapudi:
Gopi walks from behind as I stare on the empty expanse of the moist and soggy Hampshire Bowl. We are standing on the mouth of one of many alleyways within the bowels the Shane Warne stand. “I need to decide whether to stay back or head back,” Gopi says.
Gopi is from a small village in Madurai in southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. He is in London for a brief length on an task with an IT firm. His working hours are synched with the US timezone and therefore he’s determined to know whether or not the fourth day of the WTC remaining will begin in any respect or ought to he head again. Gopi has to begin work at 1500 hours UK time (1930 IST) however reckons he can nonetheless pull it off in case he leaves for London by 1600 hours.
Monday is a really particular day in his life: it is a primary time Gopi has come to a cricket floor. After a piece colleague cancelled his go to, Gopi purchased the ticket, a gold class one, for 150 kilos (about INR 1.5 lakhs). Gopi paid an additional 49 kilos to get his return practice ticket on Monday from London and spent one other 10 quid for the bus journey to the bottom.
Why did he wish to come to the bottom when the rain had been forecast for the nearly the complete day? “I just hoped there would play,” Gopi says, mouth coated by the masks, however with twinkling eyes and a gold ear stud shimmering within the gloomy mild. “It is a big day for me. I come from a middle-class family froma village near Madurai. In India I could never think of buying a ticket and going to a match while I was growing up. But now I got the opportunity so I took it up.”
While on the floor Gopi went nearer to the on-website workforce lodge to wave at some Indian gamers together with Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and even noticed Virat Kohli and his household holed up of their room. Will he disenchanted if there isn’t any play? “No. I came the ground and it is an experience I will not forget. I still got to watch some players and feel happy that I come.”
Even if there isn’t any play on Monday Gopi says he will probably be again on Wednesday when the ticket costs will probably be halved. He has already requested his pals to purchase him one.
As the drizzle carries on I depart Gopi to wrestle with the important query: keep again or go?
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The information, as you’ve got seen over at our ball-by-ball commentary, is that we’re in for an extended delay. It has been raining, and it is raining in Southampton. So settle in: we’ll deliver you updates, evaluation, tales and distractions as we go alongside.
Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo