27 May 2022, 21:16

Pitch invader touches Kohli in IPL qualifier

  AHMEDABAD, India, May 27, 2022 (BSS/AFP) - An enthusiastic fan breached 
security at the world's biggest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad to touch Virat 
Kohli in the second Indian Premier League qualifier on Friday.

Kohli was at the crease after Rajasthan Royals invited Bangalore to bat first 
when the young man ran on to the field and attempted to shake hands with the 
superstar cricketer.

But the fan, it seemed, could only touch the glove of Kohli who reluctantly 
put his hand forward to avoid the intrusion after the first ball of the 

A group of ground officials gave chase and eventually overpowered the man in 
yellow t-shirt before hauling him off the field as the crowd roared and 

This is the second straight instance of pitch invasion in the IPL with 
Wednesday's eliminator in Kolkata also witnessing a man running towards Kohli 
in the outfield before police carried the fan away much to the amusement of 
the Indian star.

The 33-year-old former India captain is often the subject of adulation with 
one fan even touching his feet before taking a selfie during an IPL game in 

Kohli, who has suffered three golden ducks this season's Twenty20 tournament, 
hit a six off Trent Boult's opening over but fell caught behind to Prasidh 
Krishna in the next. He made seven.

The large crowd at the 132,000 capacity stadium fell silent as Kohli, who is 
still searching for his maiden IPL title, walked back to the pavilion.


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