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Leap of Faith: Inside the stadium, temple that "changed" Indian team's fortune

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

In any sphere of life, it's common for people to seek when the are down and sport is no different.

However, a temple inside an international stadium premises?

That's the sight one is greeted with on entering the in Uppal, which is hosting on the ongoing second Test between and England.

On normal days, it might escape the attention but on a match day -- like the ongoing one -- it is a vibrant sight.

Asked about the story behind the temple, its claimed, "This temple was built (in 2011) because neither the Indian team nor the now defunct IPL franchise Deccan Chargers were winning their matches at this ground.

"It was proving to be an inauspicious ground for the home teams. Then it was found out that there was 'Vaastu Dosham' (problem in architecture as per ancient Hindu architectural system)," he said.

"Lord Ganesha is the God of Vaastu Shastra. You can check the records and after 2011, the Indian team never lost here," Hanumanth said.

As per statistics, first played an international match at this venue back in 2005. It was an ODI against which they lost by five wickets.

Subsequently, the home team lost to in 2007 and 2009 before they beat England on October 14, 2011. also beat by six wickets.

Similarly, the first of the five Test matches against in 2010, was a draw after which the hosts registered emphatic victories in the next four games. The script is unlikely to change in the manner the are playing.

Ask him if reputed Indian players come and pray here and Hanumanth's grin widens.

"Mahendra Singh Dhoni, during matches, has come and stood here, sought blessings from Lord Ganesha after practice sessions. The other name that I can recollect is Karn Sharma," said Hanumanth.

He might be a professional but is also a in Telugu movies.

"I do all sorts of roles in Telugu movies. Acting is my passion. I have already done bit roles in seven movies and I will also be working with superstar in a film called Maharishi," said Hanumanth.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 13:10 IST