There is certainly no doubt about the fact that the Indian Premier League (IPL) is the biggest domestic T20 tournament all across the globe. The fan following in the tournament is widespread and has attracted people from all over the world. If you are an IPL fan it is not possible for you not notice the familiar face named Saravanan Haru or at least his body painted yellow avatar.
Saravanan is a member of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) fan club Whistle Podu Army. He redefined the fan base of Chennai Super Kings after smearing himself with yellow colour on all match days in 2013. Since then he has maintained the trend and has been a popular face among the crowd. He is also a favourite for the photographers and other fans.
Saravanan Hari was one of the many CSK supporters who went to supporter their franchise during their latest game against the Sunrisers Hyderabad on 17th April. As per a post shared by the man himself, he was barred from entering the ground by the security for his yellow avatar. He was even asked by the security to wash his face and return.
Saravanan was apparently very disappointed with the behaviour of the security and urged the SRH security panel to not treat rivals fans like the way he was treated. He was also not allowed to carry the flags of Chennai Super Kings. The super fan also revealed through his social media post that he was later allowed inside only after the intervention of SRH spectators.
As per the tweets from Saravanan Hari the fans were being prevented from carrying “anything yellow” within the stadium. Saravanan after returning to Chennai said that it was unfortunate to see the security behaving so impolitely.
“I had been to the match as usual, in yellow body paint and with flags and charts. The entry was through Gate-8. No one stopped me at the outer gate, but the security staff at the inner gate asked me to wash my face, dump all CSK flags and caps.
“When I asked why, said that they were just following instructions. We also spotted flags, charts, caps and some merchandise lying in a heap at the side as if it was garbage.”
“Some six SRH fans came in support asking the security guy about what harm could showing support for a particular team with flags and all possibly bring. After a while, they let us in,” said Saravanan.
The winning run of Chennai Super Kings came to an end in the tournament when they lost their previous clash to the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Despite their defeat, CSK is still at the top of the points table with 7 wins from 9 matches. In the absence of MS Dhoni, CSK was given a lesson by Hyderabad. It should be a good wake up call for the defending champions who will definitely look to return to winning ways in the next game.