Virat Kohli has fans the world over. Therefore, it was no surprise when a fan invaded the pitch during Royal Challengers Bangalore’s run chase against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali and tried to hug the run-machine on Saturday.
Virat Kohli had been under pressure before the weekend. He had overseen 7 successive defeats for RCB including 6 in a row this season. However, Virat Kohli led the charge for his team after Chris Gayle’s unbeaten 99 had given Kings XI Punjab 173 for 4.
During the course of the innings, a fan stormed onto the pitch to meet Virat Kohli. It was a major security scare and an area of concern the IPL authorities need to address sooner rather than later.
The 2019 Indian Premier League has been dogged by controversies.
R Ashwin had stirred up a debate when he Mankaded Jos Buttler during Kings XI Punjab’s victory over Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur. Opinions were divided in the cricket fraternity and the likes of Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Kevin Pietersen, Dale Steyn and Shane Warne had criticised Ashwin harshly.
Virat Kohli had then blasted the umpires during a post-match presentation ceremony after one of them failed to spot a clear front-foot no-ball during RCB’s defeat to Mumbai Indians in Bengaluru.
In Jaipur, MS Dhoni created a massive controversy when he charged onto the field and got into a fierce argument with the umpires after some confusion over a no-ball for height. MS Dhoni was fined 50 per cent for breaching the IPL Code of Conduct but Virender Sehwag felt he got away too lightly.
Sehwag said Dhoni should have been banned for a match or two and the match referee should have set an example.
However, the pitch invasion is a major security issue. During Australia’s tour of India, a fan had ran out to the field and chased MS Dhoni to try and hug him.
Broadcasters do not show any footage of pitch invsasion.