India opener Rohit Sharma has condemned the attack on the Australian team bus.
On Tuesday (October 10), Guwahati witnessed a historic moment as Barsapara Cricket Stadium became India’s latest and 49th international stadium when India took on Australia in the second T20 International. However, the monumental moment turned sour after the Australian team bus was attacked following their comprehensive 8-wicket win.
Just when the Australian players were heading for the hotel from the stadium, a rock was thrown at the team bus, shattering the glass. Cricket Australia stated that no one was seated next to the window where the rock pierced the glass and fell inside the vehicle. The cricket board also reported that ‘while no one was injured, the Australian players were understandably shaken up by the incident’.
Pretty scary having a rock thrown through the team bus window on the way back to the hotel!! pic.twitter.com/LBBrksaDXI
— Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) October 10, 2017
The incident has been slammed by many including Ravichandran Ashwin and India opener Rohit Sharma has also condemned the attack
“Guys we are better than this ?sport is more than winning and losing,” he wrote on Twitter while sharing a news article of the attack.
Guys we are better than this 👇sport is more than winning and losing. https://t.co/HPLWWkytli
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) October 11, 2017
Meanwhile, Australia thrashed India by 8 wickets to level the three-match series as well as ended their seven-match losing streak against the Men in Blue in the shortest format of the game. After being asked to bat first. India were rocked by Jason Behrendorff‘s four-wicket haul which reduced them to 27 for 4. Kedar Jadhav (27) and Hardik Pandya (25) tried to resurrect India’s innings but the hosts could not recover from those early setbacks and were eventually all out for 118 on the final ball of the innings.
But despite the low score on the board, India began their defense in full spirits and were at the top of the proceedings after sending back both the Australian openers with only 13 on the board. However, Moises Henriques (62) and Travis Head (48) stitched together an unbeaten partnership of 109 runs to help Australia win the game and level the three-match series.