By 317 runs, the Indian Cricket team beat Sri Lanka in the final ODI. The match took place at Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram. It saw low attendance.
On Sunday, the Indian Cricket team played against Sri Lanka in the final ODI of the three match series. India beat Sri Lanka by three runs in the third ODI to sweep the series. Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli were the stars of the cricket, while Mohammed Siraj was the pick among the bowlers, as India won the match by 317 runs. The stadium saw low attendance, and Yuvraj Singh, an ex-Indian cricketer, expressed concern about the situation.
After India won the first two games in the highly partisan series, the match was rendered meaningless. India will host the ODI World Cup later in the year. The Greenfield International Stadium was full of empty seats, which made for poor viewing. “Well played Shubman, Gill. Virat Kohli’s batting is solid! Concern for me is the stadium half empty. Is one-day cricket in danger? As Shubman Gill was closing in on a century, Yuvraj, India’s 2011 World Cup-winning hero asked Twitter, “IndiavsSrilanka,” Virat Kohli, who remains unbeaten on a stunning 110-ball 166.
Due to the lukewarm response of the locals, the stadium saw a packed house for its only other ODI — a match between India and West Indies. For Sunday’s match, only 17000 people attended the 38,000-capacity stadium.
These included vendors, complimentary pass holders, vendors, corporate box members, and those with accreditation. Krishna Prasad, media manager at Kerala Cricket Association, blamed the situation on a variety of factors, including “lack interest” in ODIs.
“We have never seen a stadium empty to its fullest. There are many reasons. Prasad stated to PTI that ODIs are not very popular nowadays. “Moreover, the series ended in Kolkata with India leading by 2-0. Many people didn’t come to the stadium as Sri Lanka was the opponent.” The match ticket price was Rs 1000 and Rs 2. “Not one ticket was left during match against West Indies.” Prasad said that although the match was rain-affected and didn’t see all 50 overs, there were still crowds at the stadium.
The series was attended by very few people, except Eden Gardens, which attracted more than 55,000. Guwahati was not a packed house, even though it is a popular venue that draws large crowds. The Barsapara Stadium hosted a high-scoring game with India scoring 373/7. It was home to approximately 25,000 people and a 38,000 capacity venue. Officials from Assam Cricket Association (ACA), blamed the high ticket prices and match hosting on a weekday. The prices ranged between Rs 1,500 and Rs 5,000, with a few tickets being given to students at Rs 475.