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India’s buzzing crowd take joy from knowing where to look in grim times

Normal service has not been resumed yet but the 9,000 people in Chennai showed how much cricket has missed live fans

Television viewers of a certain vintage will have a clear memory of this experience: the picture on the screen is hazy, shaky, doing things that would today be called glitching, with the sound either a static buzz or simply nonexistent.

You then fiddle with the butterfly antenna vigorously, perhaps give the box a thump or two for good measure, and it just clicks: you can see again and the audio is crystal clear. Everything just comes to life magically. It felt that way to be at the cricket at the Chepauk stadium in Chennai on a warm yet not unpleasant February morning, as normal service resumed in Test cricket in India.

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