The ongoing T20I cricket series between India and Australia took an ugly turn after the visitor’s team bus was attacked with a rock following India’s 8 wicket defeat in the second T20I at the Barsapara stadium in Guwahati. The incident occurred when the Aussies were returning to the hotel from the stadium. The rock left a large hole in the window towards the back seat of the bus. Fortunately no players were hurt as the seat next to the window was unoccupied at the time of the incident.
A petrified Aaron Finch took to Twitter to share an image of the shameful incident
Pretty scary having a rock thrown through the team bus window on the way back to the hotel!! pic.twitter.com/LBBrksaDXI— Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) October 10, 2017
For the first time in seven years an international match was being held in Guwahati and this shameful act mars the significance of the occasion. The BCCI, ICC or Cricket Australia are yet to respond. Meanwhile, the police has been doing its job and have taken two people into custody in connection with the incident.
Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore claims the Australians are content with the security provided and once such incident does not reflect our security measures.
Guwahati stone-throwing incident NOT reflective of our security measures. Aus team & FIFA are content w/those. India remains a graceful host— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) October 11, 2017
Rajyavardhan Rathore also spoke to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal about the incident.
Have spoken to @sarbanandsonwal ji about the Guwahati incident. Personal security of visiting athletes & teams is extremely important for us— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) October 11, 2017
Cricketer Ravi Ashwin also condemned the incident.
We are a country that treats ours guests with great respect and hospitality. Contd— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) October 11, 2017
The stone thrown at the Aussie team bus shows us in bad light, let's all act more responsibly. A vast majority of us are capable of that.🙏— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) October 11, 2017
This is not the first time that the Australian cricket team bus has come under attack. In September this year, the Aussies were attacked with rocks during their tour of Bangladesh. However an incident like this is the first in recent Indian cricket history. We definitely are passionate about our cricket, but resorting to stone pelting at our rivals after a loss is just shameful.