Pune: It’s around 11:45 at the ever busy Pune railway station. The train arrival announcement fills the air, announcing the arrival of a special train at the platform No. 4. Another announcement follows, requesting the porters to head to the aforementioned platform.
WhistelePodu Express has arrived. Let us rewind the clock 15 minutes back. The seconds-hand of a clock is ticking slowly at his own pace. The platform No. 4 has a handful of people on it and the general public who is trying to enter the platform are being requested to leave by the railway officials present at the spot.
The handful of people present apart from the officials are from the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) management, and one of the gentlemen was giving final instructions as they waited eagerly for the fans to arrive after a day-long journey.
At 11:45, the special train arrived at the station carrying around 1,000 CSK fans after the franchise had to move their base to Pune owning to Cauvery water dispute.
On Thursday, batting coach of Chennai, Mike Hussey, had expressed his excitement with the idea of fans arriving on the train. One can be sure that the former Australian batsman will be pretty pleased after seeing the images and videos of the fans, donning yellow jersey’s of the team, chanting ‘CSK... CSK...’ and ‘Dhoni... Dhoni...’, before the yellow sea makes their presence count at the MCA International Stadium on Friday night.
Although, the chants of CSK fans cheering echoed in the premises, once they got off the train, it was a completely different scenario. The discipline prevailed. They formed lines, ensured that they caused no inconvenience whatsoever to fellow travellers and exited the premise with utmost discipline.
According to the bogey’s they travelled in, the groups of fans were allocated in the 20 odd buses waiting outside the station, as every group boarded the bus, chanting the name of their favourite side.
It took around half an hour for all the fans to move onto the buses and during the entire time, there was only one person who was spotted misbehaving. He was summoned by the man at the helm of the affairs. ‘Maintain discipline, please,’ were the only words spoken, and the message had gone down well.
As the fans headed towards their designated buses, they refused to speak much to the media, but one or two who spoke requested not to disclose their names.
“I am very excited to come to Pune for the first time. We were obviously disappointed with what happened back in Chennai, but we are grateful to CSK team management that they arranged this train for us, especially when the team is coming back from a suspension. It really shows that they care about the fans,” said a youngster, speaking the mind of all who made the trip.
‘The sea of yellow’ headed towards the MCA Stadium, ready for the housewarming party of CSK’s new home, ready to welcome their heroes, their Thalaiva- MSD.