As India were trying to take South Africa completely out of the second test match of the series, a fan from the stands suddenly came running to Rohit Sharma and tried to touch his feet.
It happened soon after Vernon Philander walked in to bat. The man came running to Rohit, who was fielding in the slips, before trying to fall on his feet. As Rohit went down to stop him, the security personnel quickly rushed on to the field to take the man out.
Another Test, another pitch invader!
This one made a beeline for @ImRo45 , and tried to kiss his feet…
Pune cops far more alert than Visakhapatnam, mind you…
Taken him down the tunnel that leads to the kennels ?#IndvSA pic.twitter.com/VdEmEoYszd
— Lungani Zama (@whamzam17) October 12, 2019
— Rohit Sharma Trends™ (@TrendsRohit) October 12, 2019
Sunil Gavaskar, who was in commentary at the time, was quick to condemn the security people for being careless. It was the third time in the series that a fan was invading the ground after a it was the captain Virat Kohli who was asked for a selfie on the previous occasion.
— Mumbai Mirror (@MumbaiMirror) October 12, 2019
“These incidents happen because security people are not watching the crowd but are watching the match. This has been the perennial problem in India. The security is not there to watch the match for free. They are there to stop such interruptions from happening,” he said.
— We Love Rohit (@WeLoveRohit) October 12, 2019
“I say put the camera on the security and check whether they are watching the match or the crowd. This is a dangerous security issue which is what you are there for, to make sure no one goes into the ground. Anyone can cause damage to a player. It has happened in the past, why take a chance,” Gavaskar added.