‘What if he got injured?’ – Aakash Chopra didn’t find Rohit Sharma’s bizarre fall in Pune funny
A valid point raised by Aakash Chopra.
Published - Oct 13, 2019 10:55 am | Updated - Oct 13, 2019 10:58 am
While India tightened the noose around South Africa in the second Test of the ongoing three-match series in Pune on the third day on Saturday, something bizarre happened on the ground. One fan breached the security cover to invade the pitch at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium only to touch the feet of his hero Rohit Sharma.
As the pitch invader tried to show his admiration for the ace cricketer, the latter tumbled over, leaving the netizens in splits. However, a few voices were not impressed with the incident and they were former India openers and commentators Sunil Gavaskar and Aakash Chopra.
Aakash Chopra concerned
While for Gavaskar, it was about the security of the players as he blasted the security officials present on the ground saying they are busy watching the game and not the crowd, Chopra was more concerned with the safety. In a tweet, the 42-year-old said that while many found the incident funny, it was also dangerous for Rohit could have injured himself while falling. The Twitterati was not convinced though, saying injury can be caused anytime and anywhere.
The incident happened when Vernon Philander came out to bat as the South African innings tottered and Rohit was fielding at the slips. The incident was the third case of a pitch invasion in the ongoing series that India are leading 1-0.
Here’s the tweet
A fan ran out to the centre of the pitch to touch Rohit’s feet. A humbling moment for the player, I guess. A moment to remember for the fan. But Rohit lost his balance…fell on the ground. People found it funny…but think—what if Rohit picked up an injury during that incident?
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 12, 2019
SA tail wagged strongly but still was not enough
The second Test is increasingly tilting in favour of India after they bowled out the visitors for 275 in reply to their mammoth 601 for 5 declared. Philander added 109 runs with Keshav Maharaj for the ninth wicket to reduce the deficit but yet the Proteas conceded 326 run-lead in the game with two full days remaining.
India won the first Test in Vishakhapatnam by 203 runs to take the lead. Rohit was the man of the match on that occasion as he slammed hundreds in both innings and getting stumped both times. The Mumbai batsman, however, did not get a big score in Pune where captain Virat Kohli slammed a career-best 254 not out to take his team to a strong position. A win in Pune will see India grabbing 40 more points to maintain their lead as the table-toppers in the ICC World Test Championship.