'Those 4-5 guys put the whole Test series at risk' - Tim Paine slams Indian players for 'breaching' bio-bubble during 2020-21 tour

'It did annoy quite a few of the boys,' said Pat Cummins.

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Former Australia captain Tim Paine has criticized Team India players, who were a part of the 2020/21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, for allegedly breaching the bio-bubble during their visit. The matter had come to notice 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, infringing the bio-bubble security.

Initially, the fan who made the video asserted and said he had settled the players’ expenses and hugged one of them. He then walked down that comment, saying the Indian players kept their distance. The players were being investigated by the BCCI for the bio-bubble violation, according to reports in the Australian media but the board, however, later disproved this.

Meanwhile, Paine’s comments came in the docu-series ‘Bandon Mein Tha Dum’, created by director Neeraj Pandey, which was released yesterday on Voot Select. The documentary highlights India’s journey of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020/21 and celebrates India’s win over Australia in the historic series.

“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,” Paine said.

The event irritated a handful of Australia’s players, who were spending Christmas away from family and friends, according to Pat Cummins, the current captain of the Australian Test team. “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,” said Cummins.

The players who appeared in the pictures were actually waiting for their takeaway order: Ajinkya Rahane

However, Ajinkya Rahane said that the report was baseless and that the Indian players were only waiting for their takeout order as 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.”