In an unusual incident, a groundstaff was spotted in the Indian dug-out during the fifth and final T20I against South Africa at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday, June 19. It took place before the start of the match, as rain delayed the proceedings
Indian batter Ruturaj Gaikwad who was padded up to open the innings was waiting in the dugout for the rain to stop. At that time a ground staff came to the Indian dugout and sat near Ruturaj Gaikwad. The staff member tried to take a selfie with the Indian cricketer.
However, Ruturaj Gaikwad was clearly disappointed with the behavior and denied the selfie. The video of the incident was captured on camera and has been shared on social media. Some fans criticized Ruturaj Gaikwad, while some pointed it out as a security breach.
Watch the video here:
Very bad and disrespectful gesture by Ruturaj Gaikwad. Sad to see these groundsmen getting treated like this👎 https://t.co/Qj6YoXIPUa
— akshat (@ReignOfVirat) June 19, 2022
South Africa wins the toss and opt to chase in the fifth T20I
South African spinner Keshav Maharaj is leading the team in the fifth as Temba Bavuma suffered an injury last match. The visitors have made three changes, bringing back Tristan Stubbs, Reeza Hendricks, and KG Rabada.
“We have gone for the extra batter, hopefully, we’ll look to utilize it while batting up front,” said Keshav Maharaj about the changes made to the playing XI.
Meanwhile, the Indian team has gone in with their winning combination. The series is leveled at 2-2 after the first four T20Is. The fifth T20I has been reduced to a 19-over game due to rain.
South Africa (Playing XI): Quinton de Kock(w), Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Tristan Stubbs, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj(c), Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje
India (Playing XI): Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w/c), Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Avesh Khan