Sanju Samson has allegedly behaved badly.
The India ‘A’ keeper has been accused of salivating spitefully at his Australian opponents’ feet.
The incident occurred in the tri-series final between the home side and the visitors.
India ‘A’ clinched the title, registering their first victory in the series against their counterparts from Down Under.
The Kerala player claimed a catch that the Australians felt was illegal.
This led to an exchange of words when the 20-year-old came out to bat.
Usman Khawaja, the Aussie skipper, said:
“Obviously the guys in our team were disappointed that he claimed he had taken the catch.
Today he spit in front of our player’s foot three times. If you do that the boys are going to get worked up and the umpires were not understanding it. We did try to calm the boys, but they just went on and on.
I am happy if the batsman happens to talk back but spitting is not on. He spit on one of our players when he came onto the field.
If one of our players said something to him, he can say something back but not spitting.”
“I do not want to make a big deal about things that happened on the field. I do not want to take away any credit from India. They really played well today and were the better team to have won.
Unfortunately, incidents like that happen. Some incident happened the other day with one of your bowler (Sandeep Sharma). He was coming back and it was fine. I was happy with that. I have seen it all, it is another game, it does not affect me too much.
It is always tough to defend a total of 220 runs. We had our chance when the fifth wicket fell but we have to take wickets to win the game. India just batted sensibly. The wicket was up and down and it was not turning massive. If we had few more runs we could strangle them on that kind of wicket.”
The match umpires and other officials should be filing their report with the BCCI.
An investigation into this kind of unwarranted behaviour and its antecedents should be launched to prevent any such recurrence.
Players behaving badly—spittle-less or not—can only lead to more bad blood in the future and should be nipped in the bud.
It is a gentleman’s game after all.