Gautam Gambhir s Delhi Daredevils (DD) may be languishing at the bottom of the VIVO IPL 2018 Points Table but the skipper remains upbeat and off late he has been penning down some insightful columns for The Times Of India. Gambhir highlighted the drawbacks of cricket in Mumbai Maidans in his previous column and now he went on to praise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) initiative for Whistle Podu Express, a train that carried fans from Chennai to Pune and went beyond. He also praised Royal Challengers Bangalore s (RCB) initiative for fans to retire the No.12 jersey.

Around 1,200 fans boarded from Chennai to watch CSK play their home game at Pune after their matches were shifted there due to the Cauvery protests in Tamil Nadu.

Gautam Gambhir: Mumbai Maidans not suitable for girl cricketers
Gautam Gambhir: Mumbai Maidans not suitable for girl cricketers

Gambhir mentions how Indian fans are usually taken for granted and are always an afterthought.

I have noticed two most amazing gestures from my rival teams. Both are for fans and you have to be an absolute cynic to point out any commercial angles in them. Before I share those considerate acts let me put the context out. I have often felt that for Indian cricket, the fans are either an afterthought or they are taken for granted.

CSK Twitter account tweeted Gambhir’s article

The access to tickets, the pricing, parking lots, accessibility to the stadium, and separate enclosure for ladies, medical facilities, comfortable seats, toilets, drinking water, food, and all these aspects need a lot of attention, Gambhir writes.

Now speaking of RCB s initiative for fans. Gambhir points out, In a slightly different sort of a way, Bangalore did their bit before this year s IPL started. They retired jersey No. 12 claiming that it belonged to the RCB fans, the real 12th man of the team. Yes, RCB fans would still be looking for their team s first title, but these are small dots which spread loyalties beyond wins and losses. Therefore, it is no surprise that Chinnaswamy Stadium is roaring at the opposition when they enter the arena. We expect nothing different when we play there on Saturday.

Gambhir s DD take on Virat Kohli s RCB at Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday.