India opener Ruturaj Gaikwad copped heavy spite from fans on social media on Sunday after a video of him disrespecting a ground staff member went viral.
India and South Africa locked horns on Sunday evening at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, for the fifth and series-deciding T20I.
Although the toss happened at its scheduled time, the start of the game was delayed for about 50 minutes, and slashed to 19-over per side, because of the arrival of rain.
Ruturaj Gaikwad denies selfie to ground staff
Since Gaikwad and his opening partner Ishan Kishan had padded up, they had to be kept waiting for the start of the game. During the rain break, Gaikwad was seen sitting in the dugout with his pads and helmets on when a member of the ground staff came to him, sat beside him and tried to click a selfie.
However, Ruturaj Gaikwad scornfully pushed him away and gestured for him to go away and then turned his head in the other direction. Even after that, the innocuous worker urged the Indian opener for a selfie which Gaikwad still didn’t grant him and seemingly kept asking him to go away.
This 15-second video was telecasted by the broadcasters and one fan uploaded it on Twitter.
Here, check out the video:
Very bad and disrespectful gesture by Ruturaj Gaikwad. Sad to see these groundsmen getting treated like this👎 pic.twitter.com/Qj6YoXIPUa
— akshat (@ReignOfVirat) June 19, 2022
Fans were really upset and angry and even shocked at Gaikwad’s behaviour; here are some of the reactions:
Not everyone can be Rohit Sharmahttps://t.co/Fg5gwkfdZ1
— 𓃵 Ctrl C + Ctrl Memes 45 (@Ctrlmemes_) June 19, 2022
Worst Behavior Ruturaj Gaikwad. They are unsung heroes and treating them like this is very disrespectful. https://t.co/rxaNZoYuWe
— FOXER ᴮᵉᵃˢᵗ 🏏 (@FOXER_Offl) June 19, 2022
— ARYAN_OP™ (@ARYAN__OP) June 19, 2022
Lost all my respect https://t.co/1QatgRwdgt
— chase_π (@virat_kolly) June 19, 2022
Bad behaviour by Ruturaj 👎 https://t.co/ZpQ0QkOOrB
— Sangram Gawade (@cricketsangram) June 19, 2022
Not a good gesture. I am his fan but this is not acceptable. Aise thelne ki jaroorat nhi thi https://t.co/uywCSF0vqh
— p̷𓃵(#𝐃𝐞𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝐘𝐞𝐬)🦁 (@cricloverPrayas) June 19, 2022
Meanwhile, on the field, Gaikwad had a poor outing with the bat as, despite knowing that it’s a rain-curtailed game, the right-hander went at a pedestrian rate – scoring 10 runs off 12 balls and fell to Lungi Ngidi’s slower ball.