Someone from the crowd threw a ball at Siraj, according to Rishabh Pant and that left the captain Kohli furious. It is not clear what type of ball it was. Whether it was deliberately thrown to hurt Siraj. The Indian team hasn’t launched any official complaint yet.
In the press conference after the first day’s play, one of the reporters asked Pant why Kohli was annoyed at what the crowd was commenting.”I think, somebody threw a ball inside, at Siraj, so he [Kohli] was upset,” Pant said.”You can say whatever you want to chant, but don’t throw things at the fielders and all those things. It is not good for cricket, I guess.”
Indian Players regularly mistreated in Overseas
Kohli’s infamous “middle finger raising” incident had made quite a buzz that year. Apparently, the Australian spectators were teasing Kohli and commenting stupid things at him. Everyone knows Kohli as the no-bull**** guy and that’s what Kohli had done. Being unable to tolerate the hatred, Kohli responded in a way that made it to the front page of most newspapers. Of course, BCCI fined Kohli for his “obscene gesture”.But incidents of foreign crowd mistreating and hurling abuses at Indian cricketers is not a new trend.
Earlier this year, Siraj had complained about racial abuse by the crowd in Australia. Actions were taken and the security staff had evicted the alleged abusers.
In the Lord’s Test, Rahul was seen throwing back a champagne cork that was thrown at him. Although India didn’t file a complaint, champagne corks have become a safety hazard at Lord’s. It allows the crowd to bring their own alcohol in.
In fact, not long ago, MCC received “formally raised complaints” by visiting players of champagne corks being thrown at them. A newsletter that year requested the spectators to stop throwing the corks on the field, otherwise, the MCC staff might not allow them to bring their own alcohol in.
The Newsletter Read:
“In recent times the practice of some members and other spectators opening bottles of champagne in such a way as to allow corks to be projected onto the outfield has been criticized,”
“Any items which are aimed at the playing area may cause a potential hazard to fieldsmen, and this point has been made formally to the club. Lord’s is now the only ground into which members and ticket holders are allowed to bring alcohol, and in order for this arrangement to continue it is important that all members, their guests, and other spectators refrain from the practice that has been described.”