On Friday, when a wide-eyed Indian fan tweeted a series of photos of five Indian players — Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Navdeep Saini, Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill — dining at a Melbourne restaurant, it created a stir on social media. The fan suggested that he paid the bill for the players and then hugged Pant, a claim he has retracted since.
According to reports in the Australian media, this was not the only instance of an alleged bio-bubble breach by the Indian team while on tour. In fact, there were two other misdemeanours, which had hitherto gone unreported.
The first involved captain Virat Kohli and all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who paid a visit to a toddler’s store in Sydney on December 7. By posing with a woman (unclear if it is a shopkeeper or staff) without masks, the two cricketers had inadvertently breached Cricket Australia’s biosecurity norms, an official told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.