It’s a brand that was pushed to the wilderness for 24 months. In spite of being banned for two years, when Chennai Super Kings (CSK) got back to the Indian Premier League 11—the 2018 season—it was a joyous moment for the players, owners, broadcasters and Tamil Nadu fans. However, with political parties getting shrill about the Centre not setting up the Cauvery water board, many fringe elements wanted the IPL matches in Chennai to be cancelled and the government caved in. After the initial match in Chennai, which saw a full house with an ecstatic crowd, the home matches had to be shifted to Pune. The die-hard fans of CSK wanted to go to Pune, and they were thrilled when the CSK management sprung into action and organised the special ‘Whistle Podu Express’ train to Pune for 1,000 fans. Their food and stay were taken care of. “It was entirely an initiative by CSK fans and we decided to take it forward,” says Kasi Viswanathan, the CEO of CSK. “Shifting to Pune was a logistical nightmare. We managed it, and in spite of ticket sales starting late and the ground being at a distance from the Pune city, we managed… Read full this story
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