People get disappointed if the team they are supporting gets defeated.
So when Sunita Rawat looked dejected after the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) were defeated by Rajasthan Royals on Friday at SMS Stadium, one thought she was an ardent fan of CSK.
But it wasn’t so. She sells T-shirts, wristbands and caps.
Rawat had travelled more than 1,200 kilometres from Mumbai to Jaipur in a second-class bogie of a train to make the most out of the semi-final match between Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings and Rahul Dravid-led Rajasthan Royals.
Like most others, she too thought that CSK would win the Champions League T20 Tournament.
Hailing from a slum in the suburbs of Mumbai, Rawat had invested her savings in buying goodies like T-shirts, wristbands and caps of Chennai Super Kings. But with the Chennai Super Kings ending on the losing side on Friday, its dejected fans didn’t buy her stuff. As a result, she suffered heavy losses.
“I wished to go to Delhi. I thought that Chennai Super Kings would easily beat Rajasthan Royals. I had invested around Rs20,000 in buying T-shirts, caps and other goodies to sell at good prices. I could have made double the amount I had invested if the Chennai had won the tournament,” said Sunita in a hazy voice with her 5-year-old son sleeping on the roadside.
The disappointed fans of the Chennai Super Kings did not buy goodies from any of the vendors present outside the venue.
Moreover, the police deployed to guard the Rajasthan Royals’ fortress also added to the pain of vendors.
“The local policemen here took away many T-shirts and caps and did not pay even for one. When we demanded money, they threatened us. There’s no shelter. And with no money, we just can’t go back,” said Dinesh, who had come from Bangalore to sell T-shirts and caps during the match.