Swami Army sets the mood at Melbourne Cricket Ground

Swami Army gave Sachin Tendulkar a standing ovation while Australian fans applauded Peter Siddle Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Melbourne: Dec 28, 2011

A group of Indian supporters at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) who call themselves the ‘Swami Army greeted the Indian team with ‘dhol beats.

Harpreet Sandhu led the crowd with his ‘dhol beats encouraging each and every Indian supporter at the ground.

Unlike their English counterparts, this army of Indian supporters don t sledge or drink. Their main job on the ground is to cheer for their greatest hero Sachin Tendulkar.

As Tendulkar made his way to the ground on the second day of the first Test, the ‘Swami Army cheered for him. Tendulkar on his part returned the tribute with an wonderful innings score 73, falling 27 runs short of his 100th century.

However the ‘Swami Army wasn t quiet as Tendulkar made his way back to the pavilion. They stood up and gave him a standing ovation while the Australian fans applauded Peter Siddle, who dismissed him.

They will have to wait for at least the second innings to see the Master Blaster score his 100th ton.