Team India is currently hosting England for a 5-match Test series. The Men in Blue lost the 1st Test by 28 runs as they failed to chase the target of 231 runs. Though Rohit Sharma's side lost the game the crowd gave immense support to the home side. A stunning 1,18,000 eager supporters attended the recently concluded Test match. This unbelievable turnout not only marked a massive event for Indian cricket but also demonstrated the huge passion that Hyderabadis have for the sport.
The sheer size of the crowd, particularly for a Test match, is nothing short of incredible. Cricket has long been considered a religion in India, and the fervour displayed by the Hyderabadi crowd adds another chapter to the cricketing saga. The busy Uppal Stadium in Hyderabad was exciting, with supporters cheering, gasping, and celebrating every moment of the game.
Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) President Jaganmohan Rao announced on Twitter that a significant number of people gathered to see the historic test match in Hyderabad every day. The first day of the match brought 25,000 spectators, followed by 32,000 on the second day, 31,000 on the third, and 30,000 on the fourth. He stated that a single Test match earned an income of Rs 4.25 crore. This has been a monumental event for the whole cricket fraternity.
Hyderabad Cricket Association develops the stadium
Previously during the ODI World Cup 2023, Cricket fans were outraged when photos of filthy seats inside the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad went viral. Cricket writer C Venkatesh released images from inside the stadium, claiming that the officials had done "only some window dressing" and that spectator welfare was still not fully addressed.
He stated, "Nothing much has changed in Uppal stadium. Only some window dressing and spectator comfort still not taken care of in full." But after the incident a lot of things has been changed in the stadium and the result has been in for the Hyderabad Cricket Association. The Men in Blue will be playing 2nd Test on 2nd February at Visakhapatnam.