Despite the relentless downpour in Guwahati on Saturday, September 30, cricket enthusiasts displayed unwavering support for their favorite Indian cricketers, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, ahead of the highly anticipated World Cup 2023 warm-up clash against England at Barsapara Stadium.
The heavens had opened up, drenching the surroundings, a condition that might have typically dampened the spirits of fans. However, what transpired defied the gloomy weather.In stark contrast to the somber sky, the crowd resounded with spirited chants of “Virat Kohli” and “Rohit Sharma.”
Amidst the persistent rainfall, their voices cut through the heavy air, a testament to their unyielding devotion to the cricketing legends. Eyes were glued to the dressing room, hopeful for a glimpse of these cricketing titans.
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The rain doesn't seem to be dampening spirits of fans who need a glimpse/Darshan of their heroes. Rain/Leaking roofs. Video from a friend (Rondeep) in Barsapura #WorldCup2023 #ICCWorldCup2023 #Guwahati pic.twitter.com/z0Y1JZCg7Z— Kartik Kannan (@kartik_kannan) September 30, 2023
Yet, as the day unfolded, it appeared that the weather gods were unrelenting. Just as it seemed that the Indian and English teams would finally take to the field, rain cascaded mercilessly upon Guwahati. Rohit Sharma, the Indian captain, won the toss and decided to bat first, but the prospects of any cricket action taking place dwindled by the minute.
The clock ticked towards the cut-off time for the match to commence, an approximate 7.30 pm IST deadline, yet the prospects remained grim. The inevitable official abandonment of the game loomed on the horizon, a formality that cast a shadow over the anticipation. Amidst this meteorological disappointment, both teams had their itineraries set. India, following this washout, would make their way to Thiruvananthapuram for their second warm-up fixture against the Netherlands on October 3.
Meanwhile, England, with their fixture against Bangladesh scheduled for October 2, had an opportunity to fine-tune their game before the World Cup officially commenced. As the rain continued to pour, the squads for the tournament were a testament to the talent on display.
India’s roster boasted star players such as Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, and Ishan Kishan behind the stumps. Complementing them were the likes of Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, and the versatile Suryakumar Yadav. The team’s all-round capabilities were further bolstered by the presence of Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, and the spin wizard Kuldeep Yadav.
In the bowling department, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, and Mohammed Shami promised to pose formidable challenges to the opposition, with Shardul Thakur providing additional depth. On the other side of the spectrum, England’s squad was no less formidable. With Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, and the ever-reliable Joe Root, the batting order possessed the potential to set intimidating totals.
The dynamic Jos Buttler led the team as captain and wicketkeeper, while the likes of Liam Livingstone, Ben Stokes, and Moeen Ali provided the team with the necessary firepower. In the bowling department, the trio of Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, and David Willey promised to be a handful for any batting side.
In a stadium drenched by unrelenting rain, the fervent chants of fans and the star-studded line-ups of both India and England were the only constants on an otherwise unpredictable day.
While the weather might have disrupted the warm-up game, it did little to dampen the spirits of cricket enthusiasts who eagerly awaited the start of the World Cup, where these cricketing giants would once again lock horns in pursuit of glory.