India vs Australia: Fan who paid for Indian cricketers’ lunch in Australia is sad over social media abuses being hurled at him after the players were circled out by CA for possible breach of protocol. 

India’s vice-captain for last two Tests Rohit Sharma. (Twitter Image)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Indian fan who paid cricketers’ lunch bill sad after public outcry against him
  • The fan was seated beside 5 Indian cricketers at a restaurant on Friday
  • Indian team management have decided to refute the claims

An Indian fan in Australia, on Friday, had put up a video on social media of five Indian cricketers having lunch at the same restaurant as him. The fan also claimed to have hugged Rishabh Pant, who was one of the five cricketers present at the restaurant in Melbourne, besides claiming to have picked up the tab for his ‘superstars’.

However, the entire social media thread led to a serious concern for the Indian cricket team as Cricket Australia decided to isolate the 5 cricketers on grounds of possible breach of code.

While CA have no proof of breach of protocols, the players – Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw and Navdeep Saini – have been separated from the Indian and Australian squads but will still train “in accordance with the strict protocols that have been put in place to ensure the ongoing safety of all members of the Indian and Australian squads”.

This led to a huge number of Indian fans on Twitter blaming the individual who paid for the cricketers’ lunch. The aforementioned fan took to Twitter on Saturday to express his sadness over the fact that he is being held as a villain in the entire episode.

“Mujhe log galiya de rae h.. dekho gaaliyo ka farak nai padta mujhe hum punjabi h 400-500 gaaliyan dosto ke saath bethe to apas main de dete h.. [I’ve been receiving abuses…although abuses don’t matter to me much given we Punjabis use expletives among friends] but i am really sad that i am against my country people at the moment. I am really sorry people and i just hope ke sab thik ho jaaye”: the fan wrote on his Twitter.

The Indian fan had also posted a clarification on Twitter, on Saturday morning, and rubbished the claims of the cricketers breaching any safety protocols.

“Clarification – Pant never hugged me it was all said in excitement we maintained social distance all thru:) Apologies for miscommunication @BCCI @CricketAus @dailytelegraph,” the Indian fan posted on Twitter.

The Indian team management have decided to refute the allegations of breach of protocols made on the five cricketers.



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