International cricket is back in India and so are the fans in the stadiums. Both the T20Is so far have seen a packed stadium as cricket has returned after a long time in this part of the world with capacity crowd allowed. However, 100 per cent crowd also means a need for strict security in place, especially during the COVID-19 times.
Despite a lot of security in place, a fan managed to dodge all officials and mechanisms in place and entered the field of play. He ran towards the India skipper Rohit Sharma and tried to touch his feet. While he could not quite touch his feet as the Hitman moved away, the India opener did acknowledge his presence calmly.
The video of the incident is also doing the rounds on the Internet.
Check out the video here:
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As far as the match is concerned, India managed to beat New Zealand by 7 wickets and with 16 balls remaining to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Opting to bowl first, the Indian side kept New Zealand down to 153/6 and later chased it down comfortably. Half-centuries from KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma laid the perfect foundation for the run-chase but later Rishabh Pant finished it off with two successive sixes.
“Great effort from entire unit, wasn’t the easiest of conditions but the way we applied ourselves was great. Under pressure, we know their quality as a batting outfit. I kept telling the bowlers it’s just about one wicket, if we get that we can put the brakes. We know the quality of our spinners and can always pull things back,” winning-captain Rohit said at the post-match presentation.
“The bench strength, these guys have been performing consistently, so there’s pressure on the guys on the field. Important for me to give them freedom and the external things will take care of themselves. It’s a young team, a lot haven’t played a lot of games,” he said.
Speaking about making changes for the final T20I to give fresh faces a chance, the 34-year-old said: “Haven’t given any thought to it, whatever suits the team moving forward we will try to do that [but] we want to make sure we take care of the guys who are playing first. [Harshal Patel] He’s done it many times, playing first-class cricket for many years, he knows what he wants to execute and is a very skillful bowler.”