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Tim Paine opens up about Indian players violating the Covid protocols during India’s tour of Australia in 2020-21

By BetBarter Staff

June 17, 2022

India’s tour of Australia was historic as they beat Australia at their home for the second time in a row. The team led by Ajinkya Rahane fought back brilliantly to come back after a loss in the first match. While the team faced some major unavoidable issues, they also created some for themselves.

Among the most notable incident was when five Indian players were accused of violating Covid guidelines in place for the series. A video circulated on Twitter showed Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, and Navdeep Saini eating at an indoor restaurant in Melbourne days after India defeated Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to level the series.

As a preventive measure, the five players were kept in isolation. The players tested negative for Covid-19, and were cleared to participate in the following Test.

Former Australian captain Tim Paine has now stated that a few players had jeopardised the series’ fate. “I mean those 4-5 guys put the whole Test series at risk. For what? For a bowl of Nando’s, chips or wherever they went, like I just find that pretty selfish to be honest,” Paine said in the documentary ‘Bando Mein Tha Dum’ on Voot.

‘It annoyed a few players’: Pat Cummins

The current Australian Test captain, Pat Cummins, also said that the move irritated several of the players. He revealed that many of the players had sacrificed a lot to play the series. “It did annoy quite a few of the boys. Especially the ones who had to spend a Christmas without their families. That was sacrificing quite a bit to be there on that tour to hear that the other team were flouting the rules and not taking it as seriously,” he said.

Ajinkya Rahane, on the other hand, defended the players by blaming the weather. “The players who appeared in the pictures were actually waiting for their takeaway order. Due to bad weather, they had to wait inside. The story that appeared in the news was really wrong,” he said.