England vs India: Pitch invader wearing India Test jersey walks casually at Lord's, raises security concern

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The
incident
happened
when
the
players
were
walking
into
the
middle
to
resume
play
in
the
post-lunch
session.
A
man
walked
on
the
pitch
donning
the
Indian
Test
whites
and
began
ordering
field
changes.
The
invader
had
‘Jarvo
69’ printed
on
his
jersey
and
the
television
cameras
caught
him
walking
alongside
Indian
cricketers.

The
security
personnel
at
the
ground
realised
the
person
wasn’t
a
part
of
the
Indian
side
asked
him
to
walk
off
the
field
to
which
he
showed
the
Indian
jersey
and
team
logo.
Later,
the
security
persons
escorted
him
outside
the
field.

The
entire
incident
looked
comical
for
pitch
invasions
are
pretty
common
but
given
the
strict
COVID-19
protocols
in
place
and
the
bio
bubble
guidelines
it
was
a
serious
matter.

Former
England
cricketer
Michael
Atherton
was
heard
laughing
in
the
commentary
box
on
Sky
Sports,
and
said:
“Some
random
chap
in
whites
had
made
his
way
into
the
middle
with
the
Indian
players,
and
he
stood
there
as
if
he
was
about
to
take
part
in
the
Test
match.”

Earlier
in
the
day,
a
bottle
cork
was
hurled
at
India’s
first
innings’ centurion
KL
Rahul
from
the
spectators
stand
during
the
pre-lunch
session.
Rahul,
who
scored
a
sublime
129
in
the
first
innings,
was
seen
with
an
object
that
looked
like
a
champagne
bottle
cork
during
the
69th
over,
bowled
by
Mohammed
Shami.
It
was
after
the
fourth
delivery
of
Shami’s
over
that
Rahul,
who
was
fielding
near
the
boundary
ropes,
was
targeted.

The
Indian
skipper
Virat
Kohli
wasn’t
pleased
with
the
incident
and
instructed
Rahul
to
throw
it
outside.
The
game
was
briefly
halted
as
Indian
players
were
seen
talking
to
umpires
Michael
Gough
and
Richard
Illingworth.

It
couldn’t
be
confirmed
whether
this
was
just
about
an
informal
way
of
drawing
the
umpire’s
attention
or
a
formal
complaint.

Earlier
this
year,
the
Indian
team
faced
racist
taunts
during
their
tour
of
Australia
where
Mohammed
Siraj
was
abused
and
that
led
to
the
eviction
of
spectators
from
the
Sydney
Cricket
Ground
during
New
Year’s
Eve.

In
fact,
the
Indian
team
had
lodged
an
official
complaint
with
match
referee
David
Boon
back
then,
who
had
given
them
an
option
to
walk
out.

(With
inputs
from
agencies)



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