Bengaluru: Cricket fans were disappointed with the abandonment of the deciding encounter between India and South Africa at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru due to persistent rain on Sunday. The match was only 3.3 overs long when a heavy downpour forced the umpire to call it off without a result. Both teams shared the honour, and the series ended 2-2, which is poetic justice.
Both captains, Pant and Maharaj, shared the trophy. However, the visitors were able to maintain their unbeaten record as they haven’t lost a series in the white ball format on Indian soil since 2010. India was hoping to win its eighth consecutive T20I series at home on Sunday, but rain spoiled the match.
The axe fell on India opener Ruturaj Gaikwad as he failed to impress the selectors in this series. He managed to score just 10 runs in 15 balls in the final match before being a victim of Lungi Ngidi. He struggled during his brief stay on the wicket and never found a rhythm against the Proteas’ pace attack.
The 25-year-old opener will have to struggle to get into the team after the return of seniors such as Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul. Although Gaikwad failed in the match, but he grabbed the attention of fans for his unruly behaviour for “ill-treating” and “disrespecting” a groundsman at the Chinnasway stadium during the match. His behaviour hit the headlines, which left netizens fuming.
The ugly incident occurred during the rain break when Gaikwad was sitting in the dugout. During that period, the opener asked the groundsman to maintain distance and then started looking the other way.
The act of the young opener was not impressive, so people came out heavily on social media and called his act “disrespectful.”
The Groundsman was not responsible for his poor performance in the series. The right-handed opener scored just 96 runs in five matches against South Africa. Improve your performance and do not show disgust towards groundsmen and others. Work hard and maintain discipline, then think of being a regular member of Team India.