There was delightful news for all the Indian cricket fans yesterday as one passionate Indian fan paid the bill of lunch of few Indian cricketers at a restaurant in Melbourne. On the first day of 2021, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, and Navdeep Saini were out for lunch in a restaurant when they were surprised by an ardent fan. Navaldeep Singh, the fan, was excited to see Indian cricketers sitting in the front of his table. He posted a series of Tweets and numerous fans lauded him for his work.
The fan paid the cricketers' lunch bill without informing them. He wrote that after they got to know who paid their bill, Rishabh Pant 'hugged' him. The tweet wrote: "When they got know that i have paid the bill.. Rohit sharma said bhaji pese lelo yaar acha nai lagta.. i said no sir its on me. Pant hugged me and said photo tabhi hogi jab pese loge wapis. I said no bro not happening. Finally sabane photo khichwai 🙂 mja aa gya yaar."
When they got know that i have paid the bill.. Rohit sharma said bhaji pese lelo yaar acha nai lagta.. i said no sir its on me. Pant hugged me and said photo tabhi hogi jab pese loge wapis. I said no bro not happening. Finally sabane photo khichwai 🙂 mja aa gya yaar #blessed
— Navaldeep Singh (@NavalGeekSingh) January 1, 2021
Although this was a generous thing did by him, Australian media have questioned the breach of bio-bubble. The bio-bubble protocols state that players can have lunch or dinner in any restaurant which has an outdoor seating facility. However, the restaurant in which Rohit and co had lunch had an indoor sitting arrangement, and moreover, the fact that Rishabh Pant hugged the fan has raised plenty of questions.
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When the BCCI and Cricket Australia were informed about this incident, they immediately started an investigation. As soon as this investigation news broke today, the fan, Navaldeep Singh issued an apology on Twitter and also said that Pant never hugged him and it was all said in excitement. He wrote: "Clarification – Pant never hugged me it was all said in excitement we maintained social distance all thru:) Apologies for miscommunication."
Earlier, during the West Indies vs England Test series, Jofra Archer was also found violating the rules of bio-bubble and he was banned for one match and had to undergo covid-19 tests until he was found negative. While Australia have not recorded any covid-19 cases in Melbourne since the last few months, it remains to be seen if the BCCI takes strict action against Rishabh Pant if he's found guilty.