Mohali, Apr 19: Kings XI Punjab's captain Adam Gilchrist has said he was “concerned” about the pitch invasion by a spectator during their game against Kolkata Knight Riders at the PCA Stadium here on Wednesday night. The Australian called it a "shame" and expects not to be repeated.
During Kolkata's chase, a spectator ran on to the pitch and started throwing papers at the players. Kolkata skipper Gautam Gambhir and Jacques Kallis were at the crease when this incident occurred.
This was before the start of the 16th over, to be bowled by Dmitri Mascarenhas. At the time, Kolkata had moved closer to victory.
"You are always concerned when you get pitch invasions in any sport. Terrible things happen when someone runs like that towards the players and you just can never be sure at that stage what's going to happen," Gilchrist said.
The man, how managed to find his way on to the ground, was later taken away from the security personnel. However, he managed to be there for a few minutes and play came to a halt.
"We were concerned. It's a concern. I hope the ground security will ensure it doesn't happen again. It's a shame, it's one fool trying to run it for lot of people," the Australian added.
Kolkata's Rajat Bhatia said: "It must be that guy's mind to come in and get the picture for the next day's newspaper, I can only say that."
A official from Punjab Cricket Association (PCA), said that they had taken the incident seriously and asked the police and their own security to be more vigilant.
There have been intruders on to a cricket field during international and domestic matches. However, this is the first incident in IPL 5. Hope it is the last too.