India opener Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir were not allowed to use the transport of their choice,a tuk-tuk better known as an auto-rickshaw in India,by the local police who cited security concerns.
The India openers,following practice at the R Premadasa Stadium on Monday afternoon,flagged down an auto-rickshaw after they had to wait in the team bus for around 20 minutes but saw no signs of their teammates boarding too.
Sehwag and Gambhir had got into the auto-rickshaw when the security officers rushed and adviced them against travelling in the three-wheeler. Sehwag tried to convince one of the security officers to accompany him and Gambhir to the team hotel in the auto-rickshaw but he couldnt get his way. He also told the security officers that the rest of his teammates would take another hour to leave the stadium.
When the officers did not relent,Sehwag told them that he and Gambhir often travelled in similar modes of transport in India. But it didn’t help. Indias logistics manager Satish shortly arrived at the spot and convinced the two openers to get back into the team bus.