Kolkata, Nov 7: It was expected to be a full house at the Eden Gardens for Sachin Tendulkar's 199th Test match. But it was disappointing to see a lot of empty seats in the stadium even as the Master Blaster walked out to bat today.
Understandably there were not many people on the first day of the opening Test between India and West Indies on Wednesday (November 6) as the hosts were not batting.
But to the shock of many, the stadium was still empty with India batting on Thursday. At 9.39 AM, Tendulkar crossed the boundary line and on to the ground to bat at the fall of Murali Vijay's wicket. He was greeted by loud cheers by the fans but it would have been a better sight to witness a packed Eden Gardens.
In the build-up to this Test, Cricket Association of Bengal had claimed that all seats would be occupied as Tendulkar is bidding adieu to cricket. But there claims have been proved wrong.
Tendulkar was out for 10 off 24. He was erroneously given out LBW by umpire Nigel Llong.
Many took to the micro-blogging site Twitter to express their disappointment at seeing lot of empty seats.
Some felt that CAB had issued lot of passes and very few tickets were on sale for the public. This could have been the reason for no-show at the venue.
Commentator Alan Wilkins wrote on his Twitter page: "@alanwilkins22: Why aren't there more spectators in Eden Gardens today of all days? Sachin Tendulkar is batting! #penultimateTest". But later he deleted it.
as you would imagine rousing reception for sachin at the eden gardens. but the stadium isn't full. maybe soon?— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 7, 2013