Female fan taunts Hardik Pandya: The Indian all-rounder is still being criticized for his infamous comments on a talk show.
During the second T20I of the ongoing India’s tour of New Zealand at Auckland, the Eden Park gave the impression of being a home venue for India. Given the amount of Indian supporters that were present in the stadium, it was difficult to not believe the same.
Former New Zealand off-spinner Nathan McCullum, who had attended the match with his family, took to Twitter after the match to admit that the plentiful Indian fans in the stadium reminded him of playing in India.
Took my family to the cricket tonight for @BLACKCAPS Great atmosphere @edenparknz with the Indian fans making it an awesome time for the kids. Loud and energetic.Gotta love the passion for the Indian team and players that the fans present.Felt like I was back in India 🇮🇳 😀👍
— Nathan McCullum (@MccullumNathan) February 8, 2019
While a significant majority of fans must have come to support the Indian team, there was a fan who was successful in her intention of taking a sly dig at India all-rounder Hardik Pandya. “Pandya Aaj Karke Aaya Kya?,” read the banner which she was holding in her hands.
The female fan was undoubtedly referring to the 25-year old cricketer’s infamous comments on a talk show which saw him and India opening batsman Lokesh Rahul in a massive controversy back home. The duo was eventually suspended and were sent back home.
— Banter kicks (Akash K. Gupta) (@banter_kicks) February 8, 2019
— Mi Kerala FC (@mipaltanKL) February 3, 2019
While the CoA (Committee of Administrators) has lifted the ban on both the cricketers for the time being, the appointment of an ombudsman will pass the the final verdict on the same.
It is worth mentioning that it is high time for everyone to move on from the incident. While the pair has served their suspension (and might face further ramifications for their comments) and are now back to playing cricket, it is imperative for people to let go off the incident and focus on the players’ game.