On Wednesday, during the opening day of the day-night Test in Ahmedabad, one of the millions and millions of devoted fans of Virat Kohli entered the playing ground at the Narendra Modi Stadium to meet his idol.
However, the Indian skipper, batting at the moment, had to back away and maintain distance with him lest breaching the bio-bubble protocol.
All the players and the officials have been placed in a bio-secure environment during the covid times to avoid transmitting the virus – no outside person or even material is allowed inside the bubble. Hence, had the fan hugged or even touched Virat Kohli, it could have put the match and the entire series in jeopardy.
The Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) has decided to take a strong stand and reprimand the person who entered the playing arena.
“We will look into the matter and we will find out who the fan was. Some sort of action we will take as the matter is serious and safety of everyone is of utmost importance,” a GCA official told ANI.
Last year, England pacer, Jofra Archer breached the bio-bubble during the home series against West Indies when he went to his home to meet his family – who were not in the bubble – in between the first and the second Test. He was consequently put in immediate isolation – also fined – and had to miss out on the next Test match.
India trail by 13 runs at stumps on Day 1
Not many would have thought that India would not only be batting but also closing in on England’s first innings total at end of Day 1 when Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat.
Ishant Sharma, playing in his 100th Test, drew the first blood for the hosts; but then it was only the spinner’s show. Axar Patel bagged his second five-wicket haul in as many Tests, and R Ashwin had 3 wickets to his name as the visitors were bundled out for 112.
India had a steady start with Rohit Sharma continuing his form from the second Test, but lost Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara in quick succession. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma put India on top from a precarious position before the skipper departed for 27. At stumps, Rohit and Ajinkya Rahane hold the fort at the score of 99/3.
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