Dhoni’s Reaction To The Restless Crowd Throwing Bottles 2nd T20I Match Between IND Vs SA

It was reminiscent of Eden Gardens in 1996. The Kolkata crowds had forced the abandonment of the World Cup semifinal against Sri Lanka on that occasion. Nineteen years on, the fans at the Barabati Stadium tried to do the same in a T20 International. The match was halted twice during South Africa’s run chase. First, when they were 64 for three after 11 overs. Bottles were flung into the ground, forcing a stoppage of 19 minutes. The match resumed but had to be stopped after two overs and this time, umpires CK Nandan and C Shamshuddin decided to take the players off the field.
MS Dhoni, however, tried to play down the issue. “Frankly I don’t think it was a very serious threat. There were some people who threw the bottles inside the ground. When we do not play well at times you get such a reaction. We should not read too much into it. A section of the fans started this after our innings. Later, other sections also joined in the fun. I still remember once we had won a match in Vizag and still bottles were thrown,” said the India captain. – See more at: https://indianexpress.com/article/sports/cricket/india-vs-south-africa-2nd-t20i-after-india-collapse-fans-vent-their-fury-by-throwing-bottles/#sthash.n1bqJZo3.dpuf

It was reminiscent of Eden Gardens in 1996. The Kolkata crowds had forced the abandonment of the World Cup semifinal against Sri Lanka on that occasion. Nineteen years on, the fans at the Barabati Stadium tried to do the same in a T20 International. The match was halted twice during South Africa’s run chase. First, when they were 64 for three after 11 overs. Bottles were flung into the ground, forcing a stoppage of 19 minutes. The match resumed but had to be stopped after two overs and this time, umpires CK Nandan and C Shamshuddin decided to take the players off the field. MS Dhoni, however, tried to play down the issue. “Frankly I don’t think it was a very serious threat. There were some people who threw the bottles inside the ground. When we do not play well at times you get such a reaction. We should not read too much into it. A section of the fans started this after our innings. Later, other sections also joined in the fun. I still remember once we had won a match in Vizag and still bottles were thrown,” said the India captain. - See more at: https://indianexpress.com/article/sports/cricket/india-vs-south-africa-2nd-t20i-after-india-collapse-fans-vent-their-fury-by-throwing-bottles/#sthash.n1bqJZo3.dpuf

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