WATCH: Chaos outside Hyderabad Gymkhana for 3rd Ind vs Aus T20I tickets leaves fans injured
India’s home season in build-up to the T20 World Cup 2022 has had the fans excited, with the team playing three T20Is each against Australia and South Africa and as many ODIs against the latter.
The tickets for each of the three India vs Australia T20Is - in Mohali, Nagpur and Hyderabad - were sold out online within minutes last week. The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad last hosted a T20I in December 2019, and with the venue set to host the third T20I of the ongoing series on Sunday, September 25, fans gathered in huge numbers outside the Hyderabad Gymkhana to collect their tickets.
However, in an unfortunate series of events, the policemen in charge of the security at the venue were seen beating locals with sticks to manage the huge crowd gathered. As per reports, as many as 20 fans were injured, with seven of them been taken to the hospital.
WATCH: Chaos outside Hyderabad Gymkhana for 3rd Ind vs Aus T20I leaves fans injured
This is so disappointing. Passionated fans gathered at Gymkhana Ground to collect India Vs Australia tickets in Hyderabad and they're getting such treatment. pic.twitter.com/OIP96BClOH— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 22, 2022
#Update: 20 injured. 7 Shifted to yashoda Hospital Secunderabad. They have minor injuries. Treated at out patient level and kept for observation.— @Coreena Enet Suares (@CoreenaSuares2) September 22, 2022
Paytm on Thursday opened counter at Gymkhana grounds- to sell tickets for the #IndiaAustralia match on 25th Sept
Meanwhile, fans in Nagpur, where the second T20I is to be played on Friday, gathered in large numbers at the old VCA stadium in Civil Lines to redeem their tickets, despite rain forecasted on the match-day.
Local policemen also arrested people for selling the tickets in black outside the venue, quoting prices upto six times higher than the original cost.
Australia gunned down the 209-run target in the first T20I in Mohali on Tuesday, September 20 to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Incidentally, Aaron Finch’s men were the last team to defeat India in a home T20I series, when they swept the two-match series on their white-ball tour in February-March 2019.
India speedster Jasprit Bumrah, who is back to the team after having recovered from a back injury, but missed the series opener, is expected to be back for the second T20I.