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The Indian cricket team have seemingly gotten over their disappointing early exit from the T20 World Cup 2021 based on the way they have been playing against New Zealand in the three-match bilateral series in the shortest format of the game.
Being led by Rohit Sharma, the newly appointed captain of the Men in Blue in this format, Team India have dominated the Black Caps in the first two matches and have therefore already won the series.
However, during the first half of the match at the JSCA International Stadium Complex, Sharma was caught by surprise when one of the members of the audience managed to evade the security beyond the borders, jumped over the fences and rushed towards him in ecstasy.
One cricket fan looking to touch the feet of Rohit Sharma. pic.twitter.com/eLLreW9567
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) November 19, 2021
The fan quickly fell on the ground with his hands folded in front of his idol with the hopes of touching Sharma’s feet, presumably. Although this behaviour is extremely unacceptable and can even endanger the cricketer, even more so during the COVID-19, the rest of the ‘Hitman’ fans ended up thanking the pitch invader for showing his sensibility after rushing into the ground.
Realising the kind of complications Rohit Sharma could get into if the two had made contact, the fan lay on the ground far apart from the skipper. Sharma asked the fan to get up, shared a small and healthy chat before sending him away.
People who watched the whole episode take place on their televisions quickly hopped on Twitter to thank the “sensible” fan for thinking on his feet, getting his two minutes of fame and ensuring that Sharma’s health would remain intact.
maintaining social distancing as well
most sensible fanbase on earth
— heman was here (@royhly_) November 19, 2021
Good that He maintained the social distance.
— Aditya Saha (@Adityakrsaha) November 19, 2021
— cricketaddict45 (@cricknut45) November 19, 2021
But at the last moment Rohit reminded him of Social Distancing
— Dhruv Raj (@being_ingenious) November 19, 2021
However, there are also a lot of fans saying that the pitch invader wasn’t as sensible as he is being portrayed to be. They believed that the man had all the intentions of making contact with Sharma but couldn’t do so as he slipped on the grass that was covered in dew.
He slide into the ground due to dew
— krrishna Nair (@KrrishnaNair) November 19, 2021
Commentator saying he has slide into the ground due to dew
— Attend (@________39965) November 19, 2021
His feets slept due to dew
— Kohli ka pankha (@prathmesh_510) November 19, 2021
Sharma, himself, had a successful night against Tim Southee’s Black Caps. After dismissing the entire roster for just 153 runs in the first half of the match, the opening duo of Sharma and KL Rahul amassed 117 runs for the first wicket and both the cricketers managed to surpass the 50-run mark before giving up their wicket.
Now that India’s won the first two matches, they will be playing the third and final match of the series at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens on November 21st with the hopes of getting a whitewash against the Kiwis.