Viral footage of Rishabh Pant from the encounter between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders in the ongoing Indian Premier League went viral on various social media platforms on Sunday with fans crying foul. The viral clip showed Pant from behind the stumps, saying “yeh to chauka hai” (this is a boundary) as KKR batsman Robin Uthappa was taking his stance to face spinner Sandeep Lamichhane. He hits the next ball for a boundary. While the context of Pant’s statement from behind the wickets cannot be determined, a senior BCCI official clarified that the wicket-keeper was asking skipper Shreyas Iyer for a field change to stop an imminent boundary.
“No one heard what Rishabh said before that particular sentence. He was apparently telling (Delhi Capitals captain) Shreyas Iyer to increase fielders on off-side to stop an imminent four,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying PTI.
The viral footage from the match was widely shared on social media triggering a massive controversy. It has been learnt that the official broadcaster has also filed a complaint with the social networking sites for the illegal use of the clippings.
“Maligning a young cricketer without even knowing the details is so unfortunate. A section of media allowed the social media to insinuate and vilify a young talent without getting into details. This is so disgusting,” the official added.