Irfan Pathan, a former all-rounder for the Indian cricket team, provided the ideal response when his teammate Yuvraj Singh voiced his concerns about the trajectory of one-day international cricket.
On Sunday, India and Sri Lanka competed in the third One-Day International (ODI) of their series.
Yuvraj was very upset over the low attendance at the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram, which is located in the state of Kerala.
He resorted to Twitter to voice his opinions and posed a question to his followers, inquiring as to whether they believe that one-day international cricket is on the verge of extinction due to declining attendance.
“… But are you worried about me in this half-empty stadium? Is the end nigh for one day cricket?” Yuvraj expressed his thoughts in a tweet.
Pathan was quick to respond, and he stated that all that is needed to draw supporters is for Yuvraj to make his way back onto the field.
“Bhai pads pehan lo. Aajegi jantaaa, which translates to “Bro, put on some pads and get back out there and play” “he remarked.
The just completed one-day international series included multiple games that were decided by a single team, with India dominating all three contests to take the series.
On Sunday, Greenfield Stadium had a significant number of empty seats, and according to the official data, a total of only 17,000 people attended the event, despite the fact that it had a capacity of 38,000.
“We never had a stadium that was less than completely full. There are a few explanations for this. These days, one-day internationals don’t seem to garner much interest “According to Krishna Prasad, who manages public relations for the Kerala Cricket Association, PTI.
“Moreover, the series was done and dusted in Kolkata (with India taking an unassailable 2-0 lead), and with the opponents being Sri Lanka, many people chose not to come to the stadium,” he added. “The series was done and dusted in Kolkata (with India taking an unassailable 2-0 lead), and with the opponents being India,” he added.
The only venue to draw a throng of more than 50,000 people was Eden Gardens; even Guwahati was unable to completely sell out all of its tickets.