Scuffle erupts between fans, Praveen, Kohli

Published: Sunday, August 7, 2011, 13:14 [IST]
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Scuffle erupts between fans, Praveen

Northampton, Aug 7: Indian medium pacer Praveen Kumar descended into an ugly face-off with an irate spectator after Team India lost to second division English country team Northampton on the basis of having their first innings score surpassed at the end of the two-day practice match.

Kumar reportedly dashed into the crowd, grabbed a fan by his collar and dragged him out into the aisle after the person in question had constantly hurled abuses at the Indian team for their mediocre performance.

The incident unfolded when the team was all set to board their bus for the hotel. Almost ten thousand fans converged on Northampton, the small county in England's East Midlands, to witness their team play in the practice match.

Fans also mocked and heckled batsman Virat Kohli, who came as a replacement to injured Yuvraj Singh, causing the right-handed batsman to leave the boundary.

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was also not spared the unsavory treatment, getting booed by supporters on Friday after he got out on the score of 2.

A big Indian gathering had come to watch the Indian team, even if it was not playing at its best and all the stands were packed with Indian faces, and blotted by the Tri-colour.

Similar scenes played out after the end of the second Test at Nottingham where India crashed to one of their biggest defeats against England.

At the end of the Test, two fans started voicing abusive slogans at the team when the group was taking dinner at their hotel. The incessant tirade prompted the hotel authorities to detain and hand over the offenders to the Nottingham police.

Oneindia Cricket

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