India v Australia, 2nd Test, Bangalore, 5th day October 13, 2010

Give Tests to venues that care - Dhoni

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MS Dhoni has asked for Tests to be played at venues that have a history of supporting the format with big attendances, and has appreciated the support received from the Bangalore crowd during the course of India's victory against Australia. Of India's 10 Test venues - Hyderabad being the newest - Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Mohali and to an extent Delhi are known for their lukewarm response to Test cricket.

"Maybe some of these centres where people come up to see Test matches can be given preference over some other centres where people don't come in large numbers to watch Test matches," Dhoni said. "After all, if taken in the right sense, we are the performers in the circus, but you need the circus to be full. It [this comment] should be taken in the right sense."

Dhoni and his men liked what they saw in Bangalore. Three of the days - the weekend and the final day - were almost sold out. "It really helps the players who are on the field," Dhoni said. "Frankly speaking, in the 45th or 50th over, when the fast bowler comes for his second or third spell, it's the crowd that gets him going, apart from the fact that he is supposed to do well for the team and the country. You need some kind of a motivation, and especially because we're used to playing IPL and ODIs in front of 30000 or 40000 or 50000 people, you want that kind of a crowd."

Throughout the last five days, the spectators have been India's 12th man. They cheered every special effort by the Indians, appealed when the bowler appealed, got off their seats when Sachin Tendulkar and other batsmen played good strokes, and appreciated every good effort by the fielders. Some of them booed the Australians, but many were appreciative.

"It was a remarkable crowd," Dhoni said. "Throughout the five days there were good crowds, and on the final day it was literally house full. You could see as many people in the stands as in a Twenty20 or ODI match. They supported good cricket more than anything else."

They did get their money's worth. Not only did they watch their home side complete a clean sweep against Australia, they saw Tendulkar go level with Virender Sehwag as the Indian with the most double-centuries; they saw Cheteshwar Pujara, the debutant, play an innings he wouldn't mind as his epitaph; they saw M Vijay, a stylish batsman, add substance to his game at Test level; they saw Ricky Ponting bat beautifully but fall disappointingly short; they saw Zaheer Khan and Ben Hilfenhaus create wickets on flat pitches. The Indian team thanked the crowd with a deserved lap of the ground.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    please from next time do not put a test match in grounds like nagpur, kanpur,vadodara.

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | October 16, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    Conclusion after seeing all the Comments here mostly agree with 4 Test Venues: KOLKATA, CHENNAI, BENGALURU and MUMBAI. This 4 Test Venues must get a Test at every possibility and if BCCI want to have Rotation Policy then Give 3 TEST to this Venues each and then 1 to other. or 2 Test to 1 for Other venues. That will balance act. No one cry about we are not getting Test Matches.

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | October 16, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    I think BCCI Should take away Rotation Policy and Play More Tests in Kolkata and Chennai - The Best Grounds in India and more Historic Stadiums as well and then we have Bengaluru and Mumbai. This 4 Venues should get the most important for any high profile series against Countries like Aus, SA and Eng. The other venues like Delhi, Mohali, Kanpur can get other matches like the Matches against Lanka, NZ and WI. When you go to Australia every time we get to play in Melbourne and Sydney and even Adelaide is a Regular Test Venue. So why we deny those? Last time England where saying they were denied to have Tests in Chennai and Kolkata (Eventually they got a Test in Chennai after the Drama) and quoted we are scheduling the Matches in Lords and Oval every time India plays to get a houseful crowd and offer wonderful Grounds but where as we get back non Metro cities where our Fans find tough to Stay. So Please Use this 4 Venues mostly and give other test or Give only limited over games to those

  • POSTED BY Himanshudfreak on | October 16, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    i was there also on weekends and on final day of match.. specially G stand was full because every single time Sachin fielded there.. really amazed

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2010, 23:50 GMT

    i was there ... 2 b a part f this historic..moment

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    The bangalore crowd was awesome ! No offence , The stadium would be jam-packed all the 5 days ina test match in chennai , aacd to me test matches should b conducted regularly in Chennai, Bangalore and Eden Gardens..

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    I think India should just have 6 test venues:Kolkata,Bangalore,Chennai,Delhi and Mumbai.The 6th venue can be rotated between Nagpur Kanpur and Mohali and Ahmedabad.I remember when England played the 3rd test at Mumbai 2006 it was a full house on all 5days even tho India lost the crowd was there.Test cricket should be preserved and the BCCI should stop palying politics with the rotation policy!!Max 6 home tests should be played at home in a year like in Aus England and SA!!

  • POSTED BY mahaveerteleworld on | October 15, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    i think bangalore,mumbai,kolkata,cheenai,delhi must on host test and other statioums can host odi's.

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    Absolutely. More test cricket must be played at such venues, while the others must host ODIs & T20s.

  • POSTED BY vjain12 on | October 15, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    We also need to keep in mind the issue of humidity,Chennai is a very hot and humid place.I think its more ideal for T-20/ODI's,imagine these poor guys bowling 40-50 overs they will be drained out by the end of third day. Either ways Benda kalooru rocks.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    please from next time do not put a test match in grounds like nagpur, kanpur,vadodara.

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | October 16, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    Conclusion after seeing all the Comments here mostly agree with 4 Test Venues: KOLKATA, CHENNAI, BENGALURU and MUMBAI. This 4 Test Venues must get a Test at every possibility and if BCCI want to have Rotation Policy then Give 3 TEST to this Venues each and then 1 to other. or 2 Test to 1 for Other venues. That will balance act. No one cry about we are not getting Test Matches.

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | October 16, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    I think BCCI Should take away Rotation Policy and Play More Tests in Kolkata and Chennai - The Best Grounds in India and more Historic Stadiums as well and then we have Bengaluru and Mumbai. This 4 Venues should get the most important for any high profile series against Countries like Aus, SA and Eng. The other venues like Delhi, Mohali, Kanpur can get other matches like the Matches against Lanka, NZ and WI. When you go to Australia every time we get to play in Melbourne and Sydney and even Adelaide is a Regular Test Venue. So why we deny those? Last time England where saying they were denied to have Tests in Chennai and Kolkata (Eventually they got a Test in Chennai after the Drama) and quoted we are scheduling the Matches in Lords and Oval every time India plays to get a houseful crowd and offer wonderful Grounds but where as we get back non Metro cities where our Fans find tough to Stay. So Please Use this 4 Venues mostly and give other test or Give only limited over games to those

  • POSTED BY Himanshudfreak on | October 16, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    i was there also on weekends and on final day of match.. specially G stand was full because every single time Sachin fielded there.. really amazed

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2010, 23:50 GMT

    i was there ... 2 b a part f this historic..moment

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    The bangalore crowd was awesome ! No offence , The stadium would be jam-packed all the 5 days ina test match in chennai , aacd to me test matches should b conducted regularly in Chennai, Bangalore and Eden Gardens..

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    I think India should just have 6 test venues:Kolkata,Bangalore,Chennai,Delhi and Mumbai.The 6th venue can be rotated between Nagpur Kanpur and Mohali and Ahmedabad.I remember when England played the 3rd test at Mumbai 2006 it was a full house on all 5days even tho India lost the crowd was there.Test cricket should be preserved and the BCCI should stop palying politics with the rotation policy!!Max 6 home tests should be played at home in a year like in Aus England and SA!!

  • POSTED BY mahaveerteleworld on | October 15, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    i think bangalore,mumbai,kolkata,cheenai,delhi must on host test and other statioums can host odi's.

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    Absolutely. More test cricket must be played at such venues, while the others must host ODIs & T20s.

  • POSTED BY vjain12 on | October 15, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    We also need to keep in mind the issue of humidity,Chennai is a very hot and humid place.I think its more ideal for T-20/ODI's,imagine these poor guys bowling 40-50 overs they will be drained out by the end of third day. Either ways Benda kalooru rocks.

  • POSTED BY aditsingh on | October 15, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    It's sad to see that the BCCI have always neglected Calcutta and Eden Gardens both. A ground which boasts about a capacity exceeding 100,000 has received not many international games. It being both a scenic ground with passionate cricket lovers feels left out. It's appalling to see international games going to venues like Nagpur, Vishakhapatnam which have terrible facilities.

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    Haaaaaaaa, I have gone through all the comments here, some people did not seem to understand the very statement, eg indianzen,sonof chennai etc, there are sceptics like donsilva, shine.kr were either too high while posting or lack complete knowledge of the game and its mechanisim, there are still some others who come down to downright jingoism like shikshita and Harpreet Singh Grover for their Punjabi & silly Punjabiyat and other jokers from Hyd'bad (I was born there), Bangalore (my home where my folks live) Chennai ( 'am an almuni of Loyola College) who are equally irritataing come on guys get a life, think of positive and concrete solutions, by the way is the moderator snoozing?

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    Eden Gardens should get one winter test each year. That sounds so logical to me I can't believe its not been happening all the time!

    Kanpur is a much better venue wrt spectators (both in numbers awa knowledge of the game), when compared with the Mohalis and Nagpurs of the world.

    Completely agree that Chennai should also get regular tests. Its an awesome atmosphere there, each time a test is played.

  • POSTED BY indianzen on | October 15, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    Doesn't makes sense... Why was not Chennai included ? Chennai has always been a good ground for all forms of cricket...

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | October 15, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    @popcorn IN general in Pak people dont love cricket and also the test cricket played by Pak .I have never seen in Karachi or lahore filled up like in bangalore even once.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    hellooooooooo guys..why u guys fightin for ur states..every venue and respected crowds in india is great and awesome..above is just a dhoni's point of view.. be an indian....not chennai ,blorean or anythin else.

  • POSTED BY Sikhsta on | October 14, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    This is for all the people that think Weather is no excuse for low attendance. Ever watch a match in Australia?

    People come in and enjoy. If i take a day off or if i come with my family to watch a match. I WANT ENOYMENT. <<<<<<YOU SEE THIS BCCI and PCA.

    There is no cover in the whole stadium except behind the side screen. I dont want to simmer in the heat when i payed for a ticket to have a good time. Atleast make a roof on it. You do this and watch the money and the Punjabi's pour in.

    Mohali is the most spectator friendly Indian ground and always has the best security arrangement. There are no fences and the Punjabi Police security is top notch. All it lacks is a roof and some valid thinking on part of BCCI

    DO this and watch the attendance soar even in test matches.

  • POSTED BY Pelham_Barton on | October 14, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    @Chaitanya Ramachandran: The English system is not quite as you have described it. We have used 8 different grounds for Tests in the last two years. However, to the best of my knowledge, every series of more than one Test in England, from the first such series in 1884, has included a Test at Lord's, while the other London ground (The Oval) has staged a Test every year that Test cricket has been played in England with the single exception of 1932, when the only Test was played at Lord's. Similary, Australia now always play a Test at Melbourne starting on 26 December and always play a Test at Sydney at the beginning of January.

  • POSTED BY sonofchennai on | October 14, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    Shashank manohar hails from nagpur and ther r 2 stadiums in nagpur which has matches every other day

  • POSTED BY sonofchennai on | October 14, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    @mandeep: sorry, mohali is an exception only for this match and that to on a final day. I remember when Sachin overtook lara, there were fireworks for an empty statdium....

    I don understand why Chennai is forver ignored..the last test was against England in 2008...nagpur holds matches every time a series is played here..rotation policy is nonsense...

  • POSTED BY Dino_de_Hero on | October 14, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    I don't know about other grounds, but chepauk is really well connected with the city and BTW it is almost in the center of the city. I am not sure if we can say the same for mohali or any other grounds. I know Blore is well connected as well. People think it is not worth traveling all the way to see no action, not because they don't like cricket. Of course we have to remember more than 60% of the test match is being played on working days assuming test matches are covering sat and sun so you need a lot of students and young folks to fill the stadium. Again I know nothing about other grounds, with respect to Chennai, cricket ground is surrounded by all sorts of colleges and infact madras university is directly opposite to the stadium. I don't think less crowd for test match means north Indians watch less test matches or they are interested only in slam bang cricket, it is just other factors. If we put a cricket ground near chengalpet one of the suburbs of Chennai, I don't think people a

  • POSTED BY Go_F.Alonso on | October 14, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    Hyderabad will watch any match it is given. Be it Test, ODI or T20. And it's a ground with very good facilities for the players. There's absolutely no cover for the spectator though. Despite this the crowd turns up in numbers not comparable to Nagpur or Mohali. Just give us the damn games and see for yourselves. I only see NZ games scheduled, which isn't fair. The upcoming IND-NZ 2nd Test will be a vindication of how much the crowd loves the game in Hyd. I just hope Hyd becomes the new Kolkata - after all the 2 men who love Kolkata the most are proud Hyderabadis.

  • POSTED BY baskar_guha on | October 14, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    One suggestion is to limit T20 to IPL style cricket and not really have countries playing each other in T20s. This way you can save one days from extinction and keep test cricket alive.

  • POSTED BY bluebillion on | October 14, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    @ Mandeep: i dont completely agree with you. Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai and Kolkata are probably hotter than Mohali in October. No point in having tests in Mohali in the winter. Fogs would delay the start and it gets dark much earlier than it does in the south. Infact, no point in playing tests in Mohali at all. To all posters advocating for Ahmedabad, Nagpur and Hyderabad - lets see the turnout in the upcoming tests against NZ. We all know the stadia will be empty. I hope Eden Gardens gets many more test matches after the renovation is complete. Its huge, it will be fully packed, it is accessible (almost city center) and it is india's most intimidating venue for the oppposition.

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | October 14, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    Test matches should be played ONLY at the 5 metros in India. Chennai has the most knowledgeable spectators, who will applaud the opposition too.In general,Indians don't love cricket - they only love Indian cricket. Classic example - Champions Trophy Final in February 2007 - Australia vs. West Indies had very few spectators. Sanjay Manjrekar discovered this. How right he is! In Australia,England,South Africa and West Indies, Test cricket is played ONLY on the major grounds.

  • POSTED BY Indian_Rules on | October 14, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    Kolkata, BAngalore, Chennai have always seen good crowd for test matches.. Mumbai and Delhi also show good interest to some extent... Ahmedabad, Kanpur are disappointing.. And the worst are Nagpur and Mohali.. U wont anyone in the stands whether its a weekday or a weekend

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    Weather is not an excuse or those at Mohali. Wouldn't they show up for an ODI if it was in the morning or afternoon? Yes.Definitely! It is about time people o Mohali and places like that showed some respect or test cricket!

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    put one test in kochi! u wil find out wot the real crowd is!

  • POSTED BY tikna on | October 14, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    As one of the editors in another coloumn points out that a fixed calender with designatd test matches will help a lot of people plan in advance and will be good for the game too

    I though will place equal blame on the BCCI (or rather the individual ground associations) because most venues have disgusting seats, very little in the name of the cover and the human stands with basics are grossly over priced most times and then add to that the fact that there is an absolute lack of basics like clean toilets, very bad food (and super over priced at that as compared to Subway stalls and Dominoes stall set up during IPLs) and also something like water being grossly over priced doesnt help get the crowds in.

    People love cricket in India and pretty much worship the international cricketers but the administrators take us for granted and thats hurting test matches a lot more then flat pitches and dull high scoring draws

  • POSTED BY howizzat on | October 14, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    Traditionally, Chennai and Kokatta draw huge crowds. Mumbai, Bengaluru and Delhi are the next best in drawing crowds. Kanpur, Nagpur, A'bad and Mohali are also not bad. Hydarabad is on the watch. Through the length and breadth of the country, these 10 venues should be made permanant test centres. Drawing the crowds depend on the teams playing too. Heavy crowds are found only when teams like Aus, Pak, SA and Eng play. Result oriented pitches also draw large crowds. And now the Tests are on the revival mode. A test C'ship can be a booster too. But the iternary should be such that it should not an overdose and shlould find no repetitions like the Indo-Srilanka series. But what about the facilities at the stadia? In India, crowds are treated like herds. In the name of security, in Mumbai they do not allow water bottles and placards too. No water is provided too. Sitting arrangements are pathetic. So we tend to feel more comfortable at home or in front of big screens with limited crowds.

  • POSTED BY RajitD on | October 14, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    Wankhede, Chinnaswamy, Chepauk and Eden should be the only grounds hosting test matches, but just because these venues host test cricket does not mean that they shouldnt be hosting ODIs and T20s...What helps those grounds is that all these grounds are pretty much in the city centre unlike Mohali, Motera, Jamtha and even Uppal. Crowds in India go the extra mile for ODIs and T20s but wouldnt do so for test cricket - particularly against smaller teams.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 5:07 GMT

    @Mandeep Singh Bhangu : Yup, you've raised a pretty good point there. Mohali defn is one of the better stadia in India we shouldn't judge it too harshly.

    Delhi , however, needs to be removed completely from test and ODI schedules. It always has a lousy crowd and as usual bogus pitch. Not proud to be from Delhi :(

  • POSTED BY sivadubai on | October 14, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    One more important thing is the facilities that need to be upgraded for spectators. There are many restrictions in the name of security, eg, no water bottles were allowed in Chennai. It makes life difficult for families, mind you, visit chennai and be with the spectators, you can see traditional supporters since the 1950's are still there alongside young generation cricket enthusiasts. The private contractors make a killing to sell water in cups, and it may not be affordable to many. Its better facilities and spectator freindly atmosphere will bring full houses everytime match is being played. Time to act BCCI/Local cricket associations. Please see one of the best write up by Barmy's army when England played India at chepauk chennai 2008 and viru went on a rampage which culminated in India winning the test match and the series.

  • POSTED BY sivadubai on | October 14, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    Its true and I cant agree more that test matches must be played on traditional venues. You always see full houses or near full houses in Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkatta, and to some extent Mumbai. BCCI and local cricket associations should make it happen by providing more facilities for the spectators. Its still a great atmosphere whenever there is a match played in Chennai. You can see Policemen active on the horsebacks, roads and traffic regulations and it was always a pleasure to reach the venue early and watch players warming up etc. Not to mention that wonderful experience even for all the visiting teams, Pakistan getting a lap of honour, Gavaskar's epic innings of 236* agaist the windies, and Tied test match and the final win at chennai against the aussies in 2001. We were there recently for IPL CSK vs Mumbai (april 6th) and beleive me, Sachin was admired whenever he appeared. There has always been wonderful. BCCI, time to wake up and give more matches to the estbalished venues.

  • POSTED BY DONSILVA on | October 14, 2010, 4:40 GMT

    Unfortunatly Dhoni has not mentioned about the continous support they get from the unpires due to BCCI influences. That may be the principle factor not the 12th man. Hassy for an example 3 out of 4 were wron, could any criket lover to consider the umpiring influnces. This is the habit of Indian home serious and if the rend contiuous no body will admire the achievemnts of Indian player in the long run. For a simple example nobody (other than) indian doen't appreciate 10 wickts of Anil Kumble as any child can see the reson fro that

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    THE FACT: Sachin is a mere human being..He has done nothing in favour of humanity,,He just scored runs for himself,, And got lot of money,, Started business all over Indian and rest of the world.. And people supporting him unethically,, Lot of youngsters lost all by following him blindly..He is nothing,,We have very good friends doing good things to the nature,,One DAY Sachin will die..Then all will write 'GOD died'.If Sachin is the God I will tell more after his physical death..

    FOR OTHERS: ..Sachin is not a mere human being..He has done all thing in favour of humanity,,He just scored runs not for himself,, And got lot of money,, Never started business all over Indian and rest of the world.. And people supporting him ethically,, Lot of youngsters gains all by following him blindly..He is almighty,,We have very good friends doing nothing to the nature,,Sachin will never die..Then no one will write 'GOD died'. If Sachin is the God I will never tell more after his physical death..

  • POSTED BY TMS8137 on | October 14, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    Thats completely true. You don't see England hosting matches at swansea or south africa hosting matches in random venues. Test cricket needs to be held in the Prime venues such as Bombay, Madras, Calcutta, Bangalore and Delhi.

  • POSTED BY Vivek.Bhandari on | October 14, 2010, 3:18 GMT

    Those of you who are backing Mumbai for the Test matches should remember that it's the only ground in India (or world) where Sachin Tendulkar, of all people, was booed...so you can imagine what kind of disservice fans of Mumbai have done...x-(( Reg Delhi, it's a must for holding Test matches especially in the winters because the summers (and Sept-Oct) are killing here...Delhi does get some crowd in the month of Dec, Jan, Feb, etc...

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 3:08 GMT

    namma bengaluru always rocks...

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 3:05 GMT

    namma bengaluru always rocks

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 2:41 GMT

    O well Mohali is India's best performing ground in all ways. Punjab soil's presence wins matches for india, never mind 12 th man crowd. Punjabiat spirit and vibe will do it ever and ever again....lol...a bit ancient backward thinking when I say spirit vibe soil but somehow its working....Go India till it carries on winning matches for India!!! Chak de!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2010, 2:03 GMT

    @ mandeep singh

    the players slog it out for five days in the same hot sun. crowds only have to sit in the covered stands and enjoy. the climate is hardly an excuse.

  • POSTED BY Gobs4u on | October 14, 2010, 1:31 GMT

    The editor has forget about the chennai crowd. Did you remember the Indo-Pak match and Indo-Aussies match?

  • POSTED BY crickarama on | October 14, 2010, 1:05 GMT

    There is a simple solution to filling the stands. use the example of the football and baseball games in the U.S. Impose a local blackout of TV if 90% of the tickets are not sold. the TV companies themselves would buy the other 10 % so that the match can be broadcast in the city in which it is being played. There is no home field advantage if there are no fans. Dhoni is right.

  • POSTED BY Bluetank on | October 13, 2010, 22:09 GMT

    Tests in Mohali in Dec and Jan are always held up due to the due factor in the morning. Also the sun-set time is pretty early which always results in the loss of 10-12 hours each day over the five days. Without any disrespect to Mohali residents, it is simply infeasible holding Tests there when there is such a marked difference in fan following as compared with other Test venues. I completely agree with the views echoed here by most of the fans in which we need to identify and develop 6 venues throughout the country which can host Tests and have decent crowds. Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai are the no-brainers. The two other spots need to be identified and developed accordingly so that we can get consistency with the crowds and also the facilities at the grounds will be of international standards.

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 21:17 GMT

    The Weather in Mohali in month of October is still pretty HOT, whereas in all the other cities mentioned it is relatively cooler. Whenever a test match has been played in mohali in month of dec/jan we have seen almost full houses so better scheduling is needed.

  • POSTED BY lazy.boy on | October 13, 2010, 21:17 GMT

    Test matches should be planned in such a way that the 4th & 5th days are Saturdays and Sundays. A simple way to attract crowds. You can't expect the common man to fill the stands for five days at the cost of their livelihood. Cricketers earn money by playing cricket. Fans are there (in stadiums, uncovered if I may add) spending their money and standing in the sun only because of their love for the game,when they can.

  • POSTED BY lazy.boy on | October 13, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    Test matches should be planned in such a way that the 4th & 5th days are Saturdays and Sundays. A simple way to attract crowds. You can't expect the common man to fill the stands for five days at the cost of their livelihood. Cricketers earn money by playing cricket. Fans are there (in stadiums, uncovered if I may add) spending their money and standing in the sun only because of their love for the game,when they can.

  • POSTED BY _Hawkeye_ on | October 13, 2010, 20:56 GMT

    Toss & Sachin factor played a crucial part for bringing in so much crowd. Day 1 & Day 2 fell on a weekend and South Indian grounds gets filled up on weekends irrespective of who is batting. From Monday, it was the Sachin factor which pulled in so much crowd. Fortunately he played a long innings that streched to the fourth day. Fifth day - Once we had a chance to win the test match and the series, no body could have stopped people coming in to the ground. Perfect set up, perfect win for India.

  • POSTED BY Abhinandan on | October 13, 2010, 20:29 GMT

    6 regular test centres from past 60 years.... Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai Delhi and Kanpur....these stadiums have history and culture of test matches Eden, Chepauk, Chinnaswamy,Brabourne/Wankhede, Firozshah and Greenpark

  • POSTED BY george204 on | October 13, 2010, 20:17 GMT

    Noting the comments in the first paragraph about the grounds with smaller crowds: England's last 3 Indian tours have included Mohali every time as well as Nagpur & Ahmedabad once each. I wondered why my memory of the tour before that - the infamous "spinwash" of '92/3 - was of huge grounds packed to the rafters with noisy fans. Where were the tests played then? Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai. Agree with the Indian fans - the rotation policy is nonsense. Packed grounds should be part of the India experience.

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    It might be a good idea to follow the English system of restricting Test matches to 3 or 4 select venues, and scheduling ODIs/T20Is at other grounds. The BCCI can then focus on developing world-class infrastructure at the designated Test grounds. I have watched test cricket at the Chinnaswamy stadium and the atmosphere there is great, but the experience is ruined by extremely poor spectator facilities.

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    To all my folks hyderabad stadium is an In ternational stadium with superb facilities better than all low class stadiums .......Even the crowd are fantastic...but the point is the whole organising committe in BCCI hails from Mumbai and co...so thats the problem....Even many of the foreign cricketers who played in Hyderabad expressed their views that Hyderabad is one of the best stadiums they had played in...

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    Eagerly waiting for test to be played at Eden Garden.

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 19:46 GMT

    I think this comment of Dhoni would rank next best only to that of Tendulkar's in terms of helping revive Test cricket. He couldn't be more correct! In fact, I perfectly agree with 'Cricket.Buff' that suddenly Tests are more interesting and entertaining than ODIs and T20s. I am sure a lot of cricket enthusiasts are feeling the same way. Traditionally, it is true that Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and B'lore love their cricket, especially the Tests, which shows in the attendance. Perhaps, once in a while a Hyderabad, a Kanpur or a Mohali or a Delhi can be given a chance. Its time that Test cricket be given its deserving status and it should reflect in the venues it hosts as well as the teams that compete. The top 5 or 6 teams must play each other more often than what they are currently. Hopefully, the organizers/planners of the Test championship would take care of that. That would be a treat to watch - top class teams fighting it out at top class venues!!! Tests cricket indeed ROCKS!

  • POSTED BY hatrick26 on | October 13, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    All the posters talk about Chennai is one of the premier venues and I agree and the audience know their cricket. But why has BCCI not had a test match there for a while? Any valid reasons (like renovations) or nepotism? Dont tell me rotation as Mohali and other centers have had 2 test matches and everyone knows Chennai will draw more audience than Mohali for a test match. Even the dull draw in chennai against SA few years ago had probably more spectators than the one just concluded in Australia. Still there is only one ODI against NZ scheduled and a couple of them for WC11. No Test matches in sight. For some reason, Mohali almost holds one every year given the chance.

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    Always perfer Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata for tests and ODIs can be played at anywhere in India

  • POSTED BY addiemanav on | October 13, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    sorry to all guys from mohali but the crowd turnout was disrespectful for the game!!dhoni has hit the nail on its head!!very true!!only regular 'old' centers deserve tests!!

  • POSTED BY Hagemaru_Hageda on | October 13, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    Dhoni has a good point here.Test matches should be held to limited venues where people really enjoy test cricket. I think Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore & Mumbai are best places for organizing test matches. People from these venues really love quality test cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    I was there on Day 3 (Monday) with my 2 kids and there was enough people watching and enjoying the match. I totally agree with Dhoni. However, some of the facilities need to be inmproved at the Chinnaswamy stadium. Water and food as someone had pointed out earlier definitely need to be made easily accessible. I was right next to the commentary box (above the pavilion) and enjoyed the twin centuries.

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    I think this comment of Dhoni would rank next best only to that of Tendulkar's in terms of helping revive Test cricket. He couldn't be more correct! In fact, I perfectly agree with 'Cricket.Buff' that suddenly Tests are more interesting and entertaining than ODIs and T20s. I am sure a lot of cricket enthusiasts are feeling the same way. Traditionally, it is true that Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and B'lore love their cricket, especially the Tests, which shows in the attendance. Perhaps, once in a while a Hyderabad, a Kanpur or a Mohali or a Delhi can be given a chance. Its time that Test cricket be given its deserving status and it should reflect in the venues it hosts as well as the teams that compete. The top 5 or 6 teams must play each other more often than what they are currently. Hopefully, the organizers/planners of the Test championship would take care of that. That would be a treat to watch - top class teams fighting it out at top class venues!!! Tests cricket indeed ROCKS!

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    Hyderabad is NOT a new venue. Rajiv Gandhi stadium may be new. Test matches have been played - though only few - in Hyderabad. Pl get your facts right.

  • POSTED BY Harvey on | October 13, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    I'm glad that some kind of groundswell of opinion is forming on this. The problem in India is that most of the money comes from TV revenue, and little or no effort is made to attract spectators. I bet if a system of rewarding venues that draw the crowds in was introduced, even grounds like Mohali would magically start pulling in the spectators to watch Test cricket. If somewhere Kanpur can manage it (as it did recently), then so can other smaller grounds if they only make the effort.

  • POSTED BY ArnavSingh on | October 13, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    I agree with Mr. Nagpur-Nationalist, I live in Vadodara, and people in Vadodara are cricket crazy, like people are in most parts of India. But, cities like Vadodara, Indore, Gwalior can not host test matches, because they don't have world class stadiums. Moti Baug, Vadodara, is very good cricket ground, but it is not a stadium a, last it hosted the Deodhar Trophy, but they was hardly a turn out as there are no facilities for crowd. There are not even basic sitting arrangements available in that ground. No doubt its pitch and outfield is 100 times better than the Reliance Stadium, which is used for ODI's, but because the ground lacks facilities I assume people would't prefer going to watch a match for 5 consecutive days. People will defiantly prefer a ODI over a Test in such cities. I can't comment about Mohali or Nagpur, but the reason for poor turn outs in Ahmadabad is that the stadium is located miles out side the city, and i fear that there will be poor turnouts even in theworldcup

  • POSTED BY The_Knack_of_Flying on | October 13, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    Thanks MS. It was great to be part of the Bengaluru crowd. People were zealous as well as appreciative. I was there for the whole of day 1 and even though India didn't came on to bat that day, the atmosphere was electric. It didn't felt boring for one bit. The facilities were quite good too. Last but not the least, cricket was awesome from both sides. Hopefully, will see more action here soon.

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | October 13, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    A good crowd makes good viewings at home. People watching it on TV are always interested in what the crowd is doing. One reason why cricket falls in New Zealand (minuscule crowds).

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    y do v play tests in mohali? :P

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    seen matches in chinnaswamy as well as mohali.. these grounds need to be given more tests along with chepauk and mumbai... kotla isnt an international standard venue by any stretch of imagination.. pls dont indulge bad infrastructure and management

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    Was just listening to the podcast of Harsha, Sanjay and Dravid. India like Australia and England must have a proper calendar for home cricket and all the Home matches must be played according to that. Also India must have traditional test centres like Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai and Bengaluru as its major test centres. Mohali and Nagpur can host one dayers.

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    i am thankful to Dhoni for calling me 12th man of ICT, as i was part of the "CROWD" in Chinnaswamy. And with india winning the match it was much more worth the money i have spent. but ... with the kind of facilities i have got there i am sure that i will not like to go there again.. here are some of example which i faced in north stand(just above the side screen) 1) You are not allowed to carry any plastic bottle, not even paper cup filled with water or soft drink hence no source of any liquid while u r watching match. 2) the food quality was not satisfactory , and hence i did not have any thing. 3) At around 2.00 clock, water and soft drink's counter was empty, hence no source of any liquid even if u are willing to travel to snacks corner in stadium. 4) there was no speakers for us to listen the prize distribution ceremony in the stadium, and i got the news of Dhoni thanking the crowd nly when i have read it here... So with all these u can decide the "FUTURE of THE CROWD" in Test

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    If u take out a test match from all these centers, how are the associations going to get their votes? How cud they get all those free passes and show cause their royalty? Damn! None of this is happening! We are getting ahead of ourselves!!!

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | October 13, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    Very embarrassing this, i meant Kanpur as the 6th venue.

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | October 13, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    BCCI - Have tests at Kolkata,Chennai,Bangalore,Mumbai. At max,Delhi,Nagpur. No others. Please.

    Dont kill the heart of the game in the most important market.

  • POSTED BY ATrueLegend on | October 13, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    I agree with Dhoni. India's rotation policy for test matches is not good. Every cricket enthusiasts wherever he/she may be, would like to see test matches played between India and Australia at Eden Garden. It never happened for so long. As far as small time ground like Nagpur, kanpur, indore etc, should be reserved for ODIs or t20 only.

  • POSTED BY KrishnanN on | October 13, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    I completely agree with Dhoni here. Not only the players (though that's definitely the most important aspect) but also us spectators, who watch on television, get really keyed up with an atmosphere such as in Bangalore... When Ravi Shastri was doing the presentation ceremony in Mohali, I could hardly believe that India had just pulled off a 1 wicket victory by the skin of their teeth; the stadium was so deathly quiet! Compare that with Bangalore today...

  • POSTED BY Farce-Follower on | October 13, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    Watching a match at MA Chinnaswamy, Bangalore is always a terrific experience. Be it a Test or a RCB T-20, the crowd is always exceptionally spirited. Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai are the only true Test Match venues in India.

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    Delhi along with nagpur takes the cake for the worst grounds for test cricket

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    Agree to it completely. Hold tests at Mumbai, Eden, Chennai and Bangalore...

  • POSTED BY manasvi_lingam on | October 13, 2010, 16:16 GMT

    He is totally right. Bring the venues to Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi. No more Nagpur and Moahli kind of grounds please!

  • POSTED BY ram5160 on | October 13, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi and Kanpur? Maybe they can add Hyderabad because of its large population it can possibly support test cricket? In addition to this, the facilities at the venues must be made top-class and the ticket rates must be cut down, BCCI can certainly afford it. The venues left out can perhaps be given IPL and ODI games to compensate?

  • POSTED BY UltimateCricExpert on | October 13, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    Dhoni, you are spot on here.HOME ADVANTAGE really means this only.Some teams may have players who can perform any where on the planet, but still they lose in away matches because of no crowd support. In this context, I feel India & Pakistan enjoy great advantage of this cheerful crowd and that is what makes a contest between these two really intresting.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | October 13, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    Bengaluru crowd rocks! As long as it is cricket and India is playing, we don't mind what kind of cricket it is!

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    Its true.............Well said Dhoni....

  • POSTED BY --.-- on | October 13, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    Hahaha ... !! Crowd was amazing, they turned out in large numbers just to see Indian Team winning. And Team India did NOT disappoint them. Hardly any seat was empty. Good to see people LIKING test Cricket. Don't know why but all of a sudden I have started disliking ODIs. :\ T-20s and Tests are much more entertaining.

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    It is just common sense to allocate tests to venues like Chennai, Mumbai, B'lore and Kolkatta...tests played at these venues are always well-attended and moreover they have a history and legacy that just adds to the atmosphere

  • POSTED BY Nagpur-nationalist on | October 13, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    TESTS SHOULD BE PLAYED AT NEWER CENTRES LIKE GWALIOR, INDORE, LUCKNOW, RAJKOT, VADODARA, VIJAYWADA. These citites dont get to see India for 3-4 years and once they get a match, they make a full house. That is how you will get crowds. If the same cities get too many matches, people will not come. Also, NAGPURIANS ARE DYING TO WATCH TESTS, the stadium is too far away and daily tickets are not available. KEEP CHEAP TICKETS AND INCREASE THE NUMBER OF TEST VENUES TO 25 from 10, so that each centre will get a match after a long time, and fans will rush to make a full house. And dont force people to buy tickets for all 5 days, blowing away the month's salary. NAGPURIANS are not lukewarm to Test cricket. People were DYING to watch Ganguly's last match in NOV 2008. ARROGANT VCA officials kept ticket rates at 10,000 Rs(People's monthly salaries) and no buses were arranged-costing travel 700 a day to go there. In Nagpur, keep Tests at the old stadium in Civil Lines and keep daily tickets.

  • POSTED BY rshn on | October 13, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    Bangalore has always been a big support of test cricket, its not that other centers dont but crowd is special in Bangalore.

    To top it all, it was a beautiful match, infact both their last two matches were great cricket matches. Its been a pleasure...

  • POSTED BY asadkum on | October 13, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA................................................................... Appreciated !!!!!!!!!!!! That's the beauty of Test matches !!!!!!!!!!! Last para very good.....................thanks

  • POSTED BY Ravichamp on | October 13, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    Yes.......... We just have to stick to the traditional Test Venues of Chennai,Kolkatta Bengaluru, Mumbai and if necessary Delhi. As these days one only see 3 test match series being played the matches can be on rotation basis on the 5 venues. The One dayers and T20's can travel to the other centers. Australia, England follow the traditional Test venue pattern. Its a shame that when India won a tight finish at Mohali, we had more cops than spectators in the venue a sharp contrast from the Jam packed and vociferous crowd at Chinnaswamy stadium. Hope BCCI learns and pay heed to the players............. as they are the one who are performing and fill the BCCI coffers.

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    He's actually right, this is the case all around the world. Certain cities people can only give up a certain amount of time from work or their daily lives to go watch Cricket. Which is why you will see Mega Attendances for ODI or 20/20 and not a Test.... Boards need to pick very carefully and systematically which venues get matches for ANY format

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    yeepi...we won....................:-)

  • POSTED BY bluebillion on | October 13, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    Completely agree with Dhoni. Mohali was a shame. If an Ind - Aus game cant half-fill the ground, what can we expect from the upcoming Ind - Mz series with games at Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Nagpur? We play maybe 5 - 6 tests at home every year and these should be played in Eden Gardens, Bangalore, Chennai and Wankhade. No harm in giving the cricket-starved venues a chance as well - Jamshedpur (Gavaskar had once said that it was India's fastest pitch), Jaipur, Cochin ...? In this age of IPLs and CL20s what will be the motivation of the younger players to play test cricket if they play in front of crowds as sparse as a Ranji trophy game?

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    Completely agree! I think we need to have a "Test" season, much like Australia and England with specific days in the year carved out for tests at either Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkatta and Bangalore. No other venue deserves Tests - not from a wicket standpoint and not from a crowd standpoint - enough with the rotation policy.

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    This is awesome... "This is India's first Test win in Bangalore since October 1995, when they beat New Zealand by eight wickets. In 19 Tests at Blore, India have won five, lost six and drawn eight." I was there when India won that match against NZ in 1995 :) Trust me... there is absolutely no difference in how the crowd behaved back then and now... Bangalore is simply the best place for any form of cricket... I love Bangalore!

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | October 13, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    Bangalore always had a raucous and vociferous crowd most of the matches and this was no different . My favorite match here was the 1996 WORLD CUP Q/F AGAINST Pakistan. Crowd factor always weighs on opposition in India.

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    Bangalore. Awesome. That is all.

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  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    Bangalore. Awesome. That is all.

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | October 13, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    Bangalore always had a raucous and vociferous crowd most of the matches and this was no different . My favorite match here was the 1996 WORLD CUP Q/F AGAINST Pakistan. Crowd factor always weighs on opposition in India.

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    This is awesome... "This is India's first Test win in Bangalore since October 1995, when they beat New Zealand by eight wickets. In 19 Tests at Blore, India have won five, lost six and drawn eight." I was there when India won that match against NZ in 1995 :) Trust me... there is absolutely no difference in how the crowd behaved back then and now... Bangalore is simply the best place for any form of cricket... I love Bangalore!

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    Completely agree! I think we need to have a "Test" season, much like Australia and England with specific days in the year carved out for tests at either Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkatta and Bangalore. No other venue deserves Tests - not from a wicket standpoint and not from a crowd standpoint - enough with the rotation policy.

  • POSTED BY bluebillion on | October 13, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    Completely agree with Dhoni. Mohali was a shame. If an Ind - Aus game cant half-fill the ground, what can we expect from the upcoming Ind - Mz series with games at Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Nagpur? We play maybe 5 - 6 tests at home every year and these should be played in Eden Gardens, Bangalore, Chennai and Wankhade. No harm in giving the cricket-starved venues a chance as well - Jamshedpur (Gavaskar had once said that it was India's fastest pitch), Jaipur, Cochin ...? In this age of IPLs and CL20s what will be the motivation of the younger players to play test cricket if they play in front of crowds as sparse as a Ranji trophy game?

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    yeepi...we won....................:-)

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    He's actually right, this is the case all around the world. Certain cities people can only give up a certain amount of time from work or their daily lives to go watch Cricket. Which is why you will see Mega Attendances for ODI or 20/20 and not a Test.... Boards need to pick very carefully and systematically which venues get matches for ANY format

  • POSTED BY Ravichamp on | October 13, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    Yes.......... We just have to stick to the traditional Test Venues of Chennai,Kolkatta Bengaluru, Mumbai and if necessary Delhi. As these days one only see 3 test match series being played the matches can be on rotation basis on the 5 venues. The One dayers and T20's can travel to the other centers. Australia, England follow the traditional Test venue pattern. Its a shame that when India won a tight finish at Mohali, we had more cops than spectators in the venue a sharp contrast from the Jam packed and vociferous crowd at Chinnaswamy stadium. Hope BCCI learns and pay heed to the players............. as they are the one who are performing and fill the BCCI coffers.

  • POSTED BY asadkum on | October 13, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA................................................................... Appreciated !!!!!!!!!!!! That's the beauty of Test matches !!!!!!!!!!! Last para very good.....................thanks

  • POSTED BY rshn on | October 13, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    Bangalore has always been a big support of test cricket, its not that other centers dont but crowd is special in Bangalore.

    To top it all, it was a beautiful match, infact both their last two matches were great cricket matches. Its been a pleasure...