In the latest incident of fan intrusion during an ongoing cricket match, an Indian fan rushed onto the pitch at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi, interrupting the game. However, the situation was quickly taken under control by the security personnel, who slapped the fan. It was then that Indian pacer, Mohammed Shami, intervened and prevented the fan from getting beaten by the security staff.
It is not uncommon for fans and spectators to rush onto the field during an ongoing cricket match, especially in countries like India and the subcontinent where the players have a huge fan following. Most of these fans are individual spectators who want to snap selfies with their favorite players, touch their feet, grab and shake hands with them, or even kiss their heroes to get media attention.
However, sometimes, these fan intrusions can pose a security threat to the players and disrupt the game. That is why stadiums usually have security personnel to handle such situations.
Mohammed Shami’s Heroic Act
During the game in Delhi, one such fan intrusion occurred, and the security guards quickly tackled and slapped the fan. However, Mohammed Shami, who was on the field at the time, stepped in and asked the security personnel not to beat the fan. His act of kindness and bravery has won him praise from fans all over the world.
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A Fan invaded the ground in Delhi but good work done by Security staff.#INDvsAUS #Delhi pic.twitter.com/TtXO2cQEBD
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The ongoing game in Delhi is a Test match between India and Australia, with Australia batting first after winning the toss. The match also marks the 100th Test appearance of Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, who was felicitated by Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar before the start of play.
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As the players took the field, Pujara was given a guard of honor by both the Indian and Australian teams. However, Australia lost their first wicket on the score of 50 when Mohammed Shami struck the breakthrough, inducing an outside edge off David Warner, which was easily caught by KS Bharat. Warner fell on 15.
Fan intrusions during cricket matches can be a potential security threat to the players and the game. However, it is heartening to see players like Mohammed Shami stepping in to prevent any harm to the fans, despite being on the opposing team. Such acts of kindness and bravery make the game of cricket more than just a sport and help to foster goodwill among the players and fans alike.