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Indian cricketers dining at restaurant was “pretty selfish”: Tim Paine calls out Indian players for flouting COVID protocols in 2021-22 Border-Gavaskar Trophy

Rahane said that his teammates did not violate the rules and were waiting for their takeaway orders.

Abhishek Sandikar Author

Updated - 17 June 2022 8:40 pm

Former Australia captain Tim Paine has called out Indian Test players, who were a part of the 2020/21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy for allegedly breaching the bio-bubble protocol during the tour. The issue was put into question when one of the fans had shared a video of Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw, and Navdeep Saini dining inside a Melbourne restaurant, overstepping the bio-bubble security.

While speaking in the docu-series ‘Bandon Mein Tha Dum’, created by director Neeraj Pandey, Paine questioned whether it was important for risking the lives of everybody for Nando’s. Paine said, “I mean those 4-5 guys put the whole Test series at risk. For what? For a bowl of Nando’s, chips, or wherever they went like I just find that pretty selfish to be honest.”

The incident also aggravated a few Australian players, who were spending Christmas away from family and friends. As per the current captain of the Australian Test team Pat Cummins. He said, “It did annoy quite a few of the boys.”

“Especially the ones who had to spend Christmas without their families. That was sacrificing quite a bit to be there on that tour to hear that the other team were flouting the rules and not taking it as seriously,” Cummins added.

The story that appeared in the news was really wrong: Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane, who led the Indian team to the historic 2-1 win in the series and addressed that his teammates did not violate the rules and were waiting for their takeaway orders. He said, “The players who appeared in the pictures were actually waiting for their takeaway order.”

“Due to bad weather, they had to wait inside. The story that appeared in the news was really wrong. The Australian cricket board said that when you will go to Sydney from Melbourne, no one can come out of the hotel and you have to undergo quarantine.”

“The outside world, especially in Sydney, everything was normal. There was no lockdown, everyone was allowed to move around and the players were asked to stay indoors. We knew that Australia have started to play mind games, especially after what happened in Melbourne,” added Rahane.

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