Umpire Rod Tucker troubled by a drunk fan at the SSC

Umpire Rod Tucker troubled by a drunk fan at the SSC

Umpire Rod Tucker got disturbed by his continuous comments and he asked the fan to shut down by showing finger on the lips.

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HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND – MARCH 27: Umpire Rod Tucker checks the light during day three of the Test match between New Zealand and South Africa at Seddon Park on March 27, 2017 in Hamilton, New Zealand. (Photo by Dave Rowland/Getty Images)

Australian umpire Rod Tucker is having a busy Test match at the SSC stadium in Colombo as India continue to dominate the proceedings against Sri Lanka. The action on the field has troubled him to a great extent as he dodged two deadly blows from Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja respectively. As far as the action off the field is concerned, Tucker has had a tough time there too.

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The umpire struggled to control a drunk fan who was shouting at the top of his boys in order to give some tips to Kusal Mendis during the Sri Lankan inning. He asked Mendis to get into a defensive mode and save his wicket for the next day. Whenever the highly talented batsman blocked a ball, the fan seemed content.

“Play defensive, Mendis, don’t lose your mind, keep focus and save your wicket for tomorrow. Yes! You can do it,” shouted the spectator. And whenever Mendis played a defensive shot, he shouted, “Yeah, play like that.”

Umpire Rod Tucker got disturbed by his continuous comments and he asked the fan to shut down by showing finger on the lips. However, the unruly fan going by the name of SP Jayan, who is 40 years of age, did not pay any attention to Tucker’s signal. The fan was so loud that his voice caught the attention of the Indian players too.

The security staff were brought into action as they asked Jayan to leave the stadium. Following the instruction, Jayan decided to keep quiet but only for a short period of time. He started the tip giving session shortly and continued until the end of the day’s play. However, the home team find themselves in huge trouble as they suffered a follow on. Sri Lanka got bundled out for 183 in the first inning, which was 439 runs short of the Indian total.