A young fan was ejected from the MA Chidambaram Stadium on day three of the ongoing second Test match between India and England after he broke bio-safety protocols and entered the field in order to shake hands with England players. The authorities and police personnel nabbed the offender and escorted him out of the stadium.
India continued to bat on day three as Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin continued to pile on the misery on England bowlers, despite them getting rid of Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, and Ajinkya Rahane quite early, reducing the home side to 106/6 at one stage.
However, Virat Kohli made a sublime 62 in 149 balls with 7 fours and added 96 runs for the 7th wicket with Ravi Ashwin, who also completed a half-century, after picking a five-wicket haul in the England first innings. India’s lead surged past 400 runs making it a hard task for England to think about a win in this Test, especially on a pitch that is turning square.
Fan Enters Chepauk Field Wanting To Shake Hands With England Players; Gets Ejected
However, the day’s play was affected a bit during lunchtime, as England reserve players, who were practicing on one of the pitches at the middle of the ground, were approached by a fan, who had climbed the Chepauk fence which is at least 12 meters long and ran straight into the ground. No policemen noticed the fan entering the ground, nor made an effort to stop him.
The individual, sporting a replica Indian jersey with Kohli’s No. 18 on it, did not get close enough to any of the training English players. However, given the circumstances, and the bio bubble concerns, it could’ve been worse. The police and the officials at the ground had reacted by then and they swooped in and took the fan outside the stadium.
While no harm was done, this is a major breach of security on the Chennai stadium part. He entered the ground from the E stand. There has been no official communication from TNCA yet. As per the state government circular, fans were allowed in sporting arenas to fill 50% of spaces in the ground.