India to demand security beef up for remainder of Test series: Report

Virat Kohli had shown his middle finger to fans during the second Test at Sydney Getty Images

Perth: Dec 10, 2012

Hassled by crowd behaviour during the second cricket Test in Sydney last week, the Indian team management is planning to demand higher security around the boundary rope for the remainder of the four-Test series.

According to a report in Sydney Morning Herald, Indian team managers are expected to approach Cricket Australia officials to tighten security around the boundary rope for the last two Tests of the Border-Gavaskar series.

“Upset about remarks made by crowd members to players in the Indian team during the second Test in Sydney last week, officials want extra security to monitor crowd behaviour at the WACA Ground, where the third Test starts on Friday,” the paper reported.

Indian middle-order batsman Virat Kohli had displayed his middle finger to the spectators at the SCG, claiming that his mother and sister were verbally abused.

“Agree cricketers don’t have to retaliate. What when the crowd says the worst things about your mother and sister? The worst I’ve heard,” Kohli had tweeted.

Fast bowler Ishant Sharma also found himself in the middle of a controversy when he flipped a single finger after being taunted during the Indian team’s day out at a go-karting track at Perth on Monday night.

The controversies related to Kohli and Sharma are the latest in a series of incidents that happened between the two countries.

In 2008, Indian team had threatened to quit the tour after Harbhajan Singh was charged with calling Australian player Andrew Symonds a “monkey” during the Sydney Test. (PTI)