Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) fans, known as the Yellow Army has travelled to Pune, where their team will play the home games after a change in the venue.
Meanwhile, BCCI rescheduled CSK’s home games in the aftermath of the Cauvery Water Dispute. As a result, Dhoni & Co. will play their home games at Maharashtra Cricket Associations’ stadium in Pune.
Chennai management had arranged a special train named ‘Whistlepodu Express’ to take the fans to Pune. A thousand of the Super Kings fans boarded the train to watch their second home game.
Without the fans, Chennai Super Kings are nothing.
Recently, Kasi Vishwanathan, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CSK said the step as a tribute to the ardent supporters in an exclusive interview with Sportskeeda.
Without the fans, Chennai Super Kings are nothing. This is the least we can do for the fans who are loyal to us. So, we decided to make prior arrangements for the fans to go all the way to Pune and watch their team play. There were over 10000 fans to see the team train for the IPL before the tournament started and we expected at least 1000 people to board the train to Pune,” Ravi said.
Apart from the train, CSK management also arranged complimentary tickets along with food and accommodation. The CEO thanked Southern Railways for the support and revealed they have same plans for the remaining matches.
The inaugural train journey was flagged off by Mr Rakesh Singh, Executive President, India Cements Ltd, our sponsor. CSK management wishes to thank the Southern Railways for arranging a special train. CSK wishes to organise similarly for all its home games in Pune for fans from Chennai to travel and witness the matches in Pune subject to availability of trains,” he added.
Meanwhile, CSK will look to turn things around when they face Rajasthan Royals on April 20 (Friday). They lost the last game to Kings XI Punjab in the final over.
However, Dhoni, who suffered a back strain in the last outing will take part in the game. However, he is likely to give up his wicket-keeping duty to Sam Billings.