Spectators at Durban are not allowing the rain to douse their spirits as they are busy grabbing tickets for the upcoming second Test between South Africa and India at Sahara Stadium. Tickets are selling like hot cakes, already 50,000 have been dispensed and there is a growing demand for more.
According to KwaZulu Natal Cricket Union CEO Jesse Chellan, the level of interest for the Dec 26th Test this year has already outstripped that of previous Boxing Day tests. Perhaps, the overwhelming reception is because South Africa is on the threshold of a series win or maybe because Sachin has renewed the public's interest in his batting after just completing 50 tons in Tests. Or maybe, it is just the excitement of watching the two highest-ranked sides in the world go at each other.
"There has definitely been more interest in this match and pre-sales have been very encouraging. We have been working closely with Cricket South Africa and Castle Lager to ensure a family friendly environment that appeals to a wide spectrum of fans. We are excited about hosting the two top test sides in the world," said Chellan.
Cricket South Africa CEO Gerald Majola said, "Test match cricket is the purest form of the game and CSA is delighted at the response from cricket fans. The first Castle Test match was a brilliant advert for Test cricket and we look forward to another enthralling encounter in Durban."
Ticket prices for the Castle Test series range from Rand 20-80 per day. The ticket holders can also participate in prize-winning competitions, apart from availing of other special offers.
"Ticket prices have been pegged to suit all pockets, including those who want to include the whole family. This is a great chance to witness a once-in-a lifetime Test and full houses will help the Proteas' no end to continue their winning ways."
In the midst of all the excitement, the ground staff are biting their nails because of the volume of rain predicted for the next few days. Although, the weather cleared up today and the sun re-emerged, light showers are predicted for tomorrow and day after with a heavy downpour on Sunday, the first day of the match.
The pitch which is green and hard is bound to retain some moisture before the start of the Test, making the toss a crucial one to win yet again. India will be hoping they are not put into bat again straight up, or else they might repeat the debacle of their first innings at Centurion.