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Sachin fever engulfs city

V. V. Subrahmanyam


With the batting legend set to celebrate his birthday here, craze for tickets touches new high


HYDERABAD: An unprecedented Sachin Tendulkar phenomenon seems to have engulfed the cricketing fraternity in the city. For, it is witnessing a unique ‘first' of its kind in terms of tickets being sold out for a cricket match one week in advance!

Reason? With the batting legend set to celebrate his birthday in the city on April 24 when Mumbai Indians take on Deccan Chargers in the on-going IPL-4, the craze for the tickets has touched a new high.

It is a different story that the ‘sold out' boards were already in place across all counters in the City, including Gymkhana which till the other day was selling only 25 per cent of the tickets allotted to. Not the welcome sign for some of the Sachin die-hard fans like Dattatreya Biradara, an Engineering student of SVIT who was to watch the match with four of his relatives scheduled to come from Karnataka. And this group is not the only now terribly disappointed at not even to grab a ticket or two. HCA curator Dutta Nalge says he had not seen such a demand for tickets for any of the matches earlier in his career. “Everyone seems to be determined to be there at the ground and treat it as a God-sent opportunity to greet the champion batsman,” he quipped.

Mr. Venkat Reddy, vice-president of Deccan Chargers (Operations), said that online tickets were in fact sold out within minutes after they were available. “This is in a way expected and it should be a great spectacle at the venue,” he says.

And, there is a word of caution too from a senior Hyderabad Cricket Association official. “Let us not forget that for the India-Australia one-dayer, many of the 2000 tickets at the pavilion end were blocked till the last minute with the hope of making money at the last minute. Eventually they could not because of the shortage of time. If that happens, these officials will only be denying the genuine fans a chance to see the great batsman out there in the middle,” he recalled. For the average Hyderabadi, it doesn't seem to matter much even if Sachin leads Mumbai Indians against their own home team, Deccan Chargers!

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