Tens of thousands of people turned up at Chepauk on Wednesday night to witness the opening game of the Tamil Nadu Premier League. The city has been craving for cricket action, the likes of which the TNPL promises to provide.
Cream of Kollywood participated in the opening ceremony. Bharata Natyam, Tamil folk art and traditional Kerala dances too were performed by experts and children to mark the landmark event.
The tournament will provide a platform for local talents who can showcase their skills. The tournament will also signal a return of T20 cricket to the state after the ban of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) from the IPL.
Batsmen from both Albert Tuti Patriots and Chepauk Super Gillies, failed. Dinesh Karthik’s captain’s knock of 67 not out enabled Tuti Patriots to outsmart Chepauk Super Gillies by 45 runs.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who enjoyed a successful stint as the captain of CSK, said that the tournament can bring about a revolution in Tamil Nadu cricket. “This is something new and it gives the opportunity to a fresh set of youngsters,” he said.
Dhoni, who has a soft corner for Chepauk, had mentioned earlier that he hold the Chennai crowd in high esteem. He was bowled over by the city’s ability to appreciate good cricket whether it was from the home team or the opposition.