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‘Water boy!’ His place in side gone,12th man Yuvi faces crowd’s taunts

The Prince is going through a rough patch,and some people are making it worse for him. Several reportedly drunk spectators were escorted out of the P Sara Oval today after they hurled insults at Yuvraj Singh....

Written by Nihal Koshie | Colombo |
August 4, 2010 1:30:07 am

The Prince is going through a rough patch,and some people are making it worse for him. Several reportedly drunk spectators were escorted out of the P Sara Oval today after they hurled insults at Yuvraj Singh.

Yuvraj,twelfth man for this Test after he lost his place to Suresh Raina in India’s batting line-up,was repeatedly heckled by a section in the T Murugaser stand,which also houses the Taverners bar.

The spectators,seated beside the entrance to the tunnel leading to the Indian dressing room,shouted “Water boy” and “We want water boy” as Yuvraj went out to the middle during the day’s last drinks break. There were also shouts of “Well done Raina”.

This irked Yuvraj,and he was seen pointing out the section of the crowd to his teammates on the field. The Indian manager,Ranjib Biswal,said,“The police have taken the spectators out and we will definitely lodge a complaint.”

Biswal said Yuvraj was not at fault. “He didn’t try to provoke the crowd at all. I was sitting next to him and I can tell you they were trying to provoke the player.”

Tony Perera,CEO,Tamil Union Cricket and Athletics Club,said measures were being taken to ensure that no player felt he was being targeted.

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