A spirit of animosity appears to have reared its ugly head in India's first test against South Africa at Centurion Park. An unruly spectator was sent out of the stadium after Indian pace bowler S Sreesanth complained to the umpires that he had been verbally insulted on the Day 2.
"The player complained to the umpires about being verbally abused," Arrie de Beer of the International Cricket Council's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit told reporters.
"Myself, fourth umpire Brian Jerling and security personnel were asked to go over to the spectator concerned and he was removed from the ground by security. It is unclear at the moment whether the abuse was racial or not, " added de Beer.
The incident was the low point of a miserable day for Sreesanth, who was unable to stifle two boundaries at fine leg and who conceded 71 runs from 19 wicketless overs.
He also endured incessant heckling and taunting applause from a section of the crowd behind him.