Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant revealed that a spectator threw a ball at Mohammed Siraj while he was fielding in the third Test against England at Headingley, Leeds.
On Wednesday, India were bowled out for 78 in the first innings after captain Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first. England bowlers led by James Anderson were in a different mood, looking to avenge the humiliation they faced at Lord’s more than a week ago.
Anderson (3/6), Craig Overton (3/14), Ollie Robinson (2/16), and Sam Curran (2/27) scripted India’s batting collapse on Day 1 of the third Test after which England openers dominated the batting as they ended at 120/0 with a lead of 42 runs.
A spectator threw a ball at Mohammed Siraj: Rishabh Pant
On a day when India were beaten from all sides, the matters got worse for them as their bowler Siraj, who produced an incredible performance with his eight-wicket match-haul, was targeted by the crowd at Headingley.
You can say whatever you want to chant, but don’t throw things at the fielders: Rishabh Pant
According to Pant’s admission, skipper Virat Kohli was upset after someone in the crowd threw a ball at Siraj. Pant condemned the behavior of the spectators and asked them to not throw objects at the fielders.
“I think, somebody threw a ball inside, at Siraj, so he [Kohli] was upset,” said Pant in a virtual press conference after the end of the first day’s play.
“You can say whatever you want to chant, but don’t throw things at the fielders and all those things. It is not good for cricket, I guess,” he added.
Rohit Sharma’s 19 runs from 105 balls was the top score for India with Ajinkya Rahane scoring 18 runs, the second-best on a scoresheet where eight batsmen were dismissed for a single-digit score. Rohit and Rahane seemed to revive India’s innings after Anderson carnage three wickets in the first hour of play, however, Rahane fell to Robinson at the stroke of lunch.