- This is the third such incident in ongoing India vs South Africa tour.
- In the first Test at Vizag, a fan shook India skipper Virat Kohli’s hand and tried to take a selfie with the on-field cricketers.
- Earlier during the 2nd T20I between the two teams in Mohali, the proceedings were interrupted twice as fans entered the field.
India vs South Africa 2nd test is going on and again a pitch invader fan, shoot out of security guards to meet his favorite Rohit Sharma.
The incident happened soon after Vernon Philander walked in to bat. Taking everyone by surprise, the fan sprinted towards Rohit — who was fielding at slip cordon — before trying to fall on his feet. While the players had a hearty laugh, the security officials were quick enough to take the fan away from the ground.
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This is not the first time that such an incident has happened in this SA tour of India, it was the third such incident in the same series. Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar who was commentating blamed it on poor security arrangements. “Security not there to watch the match for free,” Gavaskar said on air. “This is a perennial problem in India.”
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Angry Gavaskar also said: “It’s a serious security issue. (It is) not just a question of a fan going to meet a cricketer. They have to make sure nobody enters the ground. Anything could happen. Why take a chance? It’s not easy to get inside the field. So what are they (security) doing?”
The MCA officials, however, said that the security arrangements were in place and it was just an ‘one-off incident’.
Other Pitch Invaders in this series:
In the first Test in Visakhapatnam, a fan had invaded the pitch. He shook hands with Virat Kohli before attempting to take a selfie with the on-field India cricketers. Earlier, during the second T20I in Mohali, the game was interrupted twice when fans tried to walk into the field.