Former Australian captain Tim Paine has slammed the Indian players for their alleged bio-bubble breach during the 2021 Border-Gavaskar trophy series. He said that they almost put the whole series at risk with their actions.
During India’s tour of Australia in 2020-21, a fan shared a video on social media that created quite a storm as Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw and Navdeep Saini were shown eating inside a restaurant in Melbourne in what was alleged as a bio-bubble breach.
At first, the fan who shot the video claimed that he had paid the bills of the players and had hugged one of them. However, he went back on that statement and said the Indian cricketers maintained their distance.
The Australian media started reporting that the players were under investigation by the BCCI for the bio-bubble breach. But this was later denied by the board.
In the docuseries, Bandon mein tha dum, Paine went on to slam the actions of the Indian players and branding it selfish. He also said that they almost put the entire series at risk.
“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.
Pat Cummins, who is currently the captain of the Australian Test team, said that the whole incident did annoy a few of their stars as they were spending Christmas away from their families.
“It did annoy quite a few of the boys. Especially the ones who had to spend 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,” said Cummins.
Ajinkya Rahane, however, stated that the news was false and the Indian players were merely waiting for their takeaway order.
“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,” said Rahane.