Sourav Ganguly (left), and Sachin tendulkar before the ISL final on Sunday. Photo Courtesy: ISL Twitter handle
Sourav Ganguly (left), and Sachin tendulkar before the ISL final on Sunday. Photo Courtesy: ISL Twitter handle

India‘s cricketing legend of the modern game Sachin Tendulkar, and former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly were on the football field on Saturday, as their respective football franchise, Atletico de Kolkata and Kerala Blasters squared off against each other in the final of the Indian Super League (ISL) 2016 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Sunday. It is the second time these two teams have come face to face in the final, after the same was seen in the final of the inaugural season of the tournament, where Kolkata was the winning team. Prior to the match, both the legends gave a pose for the camera, pertaining when friends turn foe.

A record crowd thronged the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium to watch the Indian Super League final and thousands more enjoyed the game in front of giant screens even as celebrities from the world of sports and cinema graced the occasion on Sunday. More than 60,000 spectators of this football-mad city turned up at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, one of the largest and noisiest stadia in the country, and watched Kerala Blasters take on Atletico de Kolkata in the title clash. Organisers said that the spectators began to arrive at the stadium just after noon itself and as soon as the gates were open at 3pm, 60 per cent of the seats were filled up in just 15 minutes, reported PTI.

 

 

 

 

The unlucky fans who could not get a ticket watched the match outside the full-to-the-brim stadium on a screen put up by the organisers. Several other thousands also watched the match live on big TV screens put up at three Fan Parks across the city, added PTI.