Indian batter Ruturaj Gaikwad faced a lot of criticism from the fans on social media for his behavior with a groundstaff member during the fifth T20I against South Africa on Sunday, June 19 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
The incident happened when the start of the T20I match was delayed due to rain. Opener Ruturaj Gaikwad along with a couple of team members was sitting in the dugout. This is when a ground staff member came to the dugout and sat near the Indian batter. He took his mobile to take a selfie, however, Ruturaj Gaikwad denied it.
Very bad and disrespectful gesture by Ruturaj Gaikwad. Sad to see these groundsmen getting treated like this👎 pic.twitter.com/Qj6YoXIPUa
— akshat (@ReignOfVirat) June 19, 2022
The incident was caught on camera and the video was shared on social media. Some fans criticized Gaikwad for his behavior towards the groundstaff.
Meanwhile, some pointed out that the staff member had committed a security breach by entering the dugout.
Let’s take a look at what the fans said on Twitter:
IND🇮🇳 vs SA🇿🇦
Match no. 5 🏏
Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangaluru 🏟️
Match delayed due to rain 🌧️
Why the heck Ruturaj Gaikwad behaving like this with ground staff? Just for a selfie he is being arrogant towards him. This kind of behaviour is really unacceptable in gentleman's game. pic.twitter.com/A1sjqnMQu7
— Jeet Singh (@jeet_singh070) June 19, 2022
— @_Better_Boy (@VaishnavRBiju1) June 19, 2022
Idiotic to slam Ruturaj Gaikwad for denying a selfie to a ground-staff who w all due respect was in the wrong & pretty ignorant to ask a batter for a selfie when he's in the zone to go out to bat. That's not a time you approach someone for selfies. Sportsperson need their space.
— M SatyaKam (@satyakam92) June 19, 2022
Very bad gesture by ruturaj gaikwad. may be he can became great batsman in future but you need to be good human being first.
that's what make kohli , rohit and dhoni great that they always respect their fans. https://t.co/bLflW7i8IB
— Divyansh Narang (@I_am_dev_13) June 20, 2022
Nah… Nothing wrong. You are not allowed in the dug out first of all. And last IPL, one bookie was caught masquerading as a groundsman at Kotla https://t.co/5f0j5lkuOv
— Prithvi (@Puneite_) June 19, 2022
— 𓃵 Ctrl C + Ctrl Memes 45 (@Ctrlmemes_) June 19, 2022
— Arnav (@imarnav_904) June 19, 2022
Horrible gesture by @Ruutu1331 when ground man came to take a selfie.. always peoples should remember
— Movie Lover ❤ (@MovieLover30) June 20, 2022
Nah man! Not nice at all. I get everyone saying COVID and all but if I were him I would have politely asked him to move a bit and taken the pic. I respect his privacy and rights but his gestures were ones that would scar, make you feel low!pic.twitter.com/wibo7aesus #RuturajGaikwad
— Hiram (@hiram_vasi) June 20, 2022
— rishabh jain (@rishabhjain08) June 20, 2022
Ruturaj Gaikwad disrespecting Groundsman. This arrogance and attitude is very bad man. First learn respecting People.
And no bio bubble this series.
— Vicky Shinde (@iamshinde83) June 19, 2022
India vs South Africa T20I series ends in a draw
The five-match T20I series between India and South Africa ended in a draw after the final T20I was abandoned due to rain at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Both the teams shared the series 2-2.
The South African team started off the series on a great note winning the first T20I by seven wickets. They followed it up with four wickets win at the Cuttack taking a 2-0 lead in the series. However, India made a strong comeback to win the next two T20I and level the scoreline to 2-2.
Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar earned the ‘Player of the Series’ award on Friday. He took six wickets in four matches at an economy rate of 6.07. Meanwhile, Ishan Kishan finished the series as the leading run-getter, scoring 206 runs at an average of 41.20 and at a strike rate of 150.36.