Australia's plea for a gold rush of hometown support for Thursday's cricket World Cup semifinal is set to be washed away by a tsunami of patriotic Indians, who are out to turn the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) into a sea of blue.
The organisers are privately expecting a staggering 70 percent of a sold out crowd at the SCG to be made up of fanatical Indian supporters, reports news.co.au on Monday. Though the tickets are a bit expensive ($150 to $400 for ordinary stands and from $2000 to$5,000 for corporate boxes), almost all tickets have been sold out.
Australian players like Michael Clarke and David Warner sensed the prospect of an ambush early and have issued impassioned calls to arms for fans to create a gold out on Thursday.
But co-founder of the Swami Army (the largest organised group of supporters of the Indian cricket team, aimed at helping cricket fans worldwide watch the Indian team play) Kartik Ayyalasomayajula said India versus Australia is the biggest clash and fans in Sydney will gather in numbers to get the sub-continent feeling back.
"India versus Australia in a World Cup semi-final, it doesn't get much bigger than that. This country won't have seen this level of support or atmosphere for cricket games," Kartik said.
"You have to go to the sub-continent countries to get that kind of feel, so we are effectively bringing that atmosphere to Sydney. It's going to be a spectacle," he added.