Bangalore, Sep 4: The India-New Zealand Test at M Chinnaswamy Stadium which concluded on Monday was a big hit in terms of spectator attendance at the venue. According to official figures, close to 80,000 (including all four days) watch India's five-wicket victory.
When there are concerns over poor crowd turn out at Test match venues in India, it is a welcome sign for the five-day version of the game.
The host association, Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) had done a wonderful job in providing an excellent Test match wicket which saw both batsmen and bowlers enjoying.
When ThatsCricket contacted KSCA Chief General Manager Colonel K Ramachandran to know how many people watched the Test over four days, he said it was close to 80,000.
"On the first day, which was Friday, we had 8,000 people at the stadium. Gradually, during the weekend it was a very good response. On Saturday and Sunday it was 20,000 and 28,000 respectively. On Monday, we had 23,000 at the ground," he said on Tuesday.
The stadium capacity is about 43,000.
KSCA secretary and former India fast bowler Javagal Srinath expressed happiness over the response from Bangalore crowd.
"We were expecting good number of people for the Test during weekend," Srinath said.
Also on Monday, thanks to KSCA's initiative to get schoolchildren to watch Test cricket, few city schools benefitted. School students, in uniform had the joy of watching their favourite cricket heroes on the final day.
Srinath said that they were looking at around 1,000 school students at the ground for every day during a Test.
"We are working on that. We want to bring schoolchildren to watch Tests for free. Our aim is 1,000 children per day," Srinath said.
Last year, Sachin Tendulkar had called for letting schoolchildren free into Test matches.
"My suggestion is that a couple of stands in the stadium should be thrown open, absolutely free, to the school and college students on Saturday and Sunday," Tendulkar had been quoted by a newspaper.
It is definitely a good move to get the kids interested in longer version. KSCA are going in the right direction and when a next Test is played at M Chinnaswamy Stadium we could have more people watching the game.