Sudhir Gautam is one of the most ardent cricket fan in India    Getty Images
Sudhir Gautam is one of the most ardent cricket fan in India Getty Images

Sudhir Gautam is one of those names in India, who do not need any introduction, especially among the cricket fans. Be it anywhere in India, or even abroad, Sudhir is omnipresent at the stadiums to cheer for India with his body painted in the tri-colour. Not only during matches, Sudhir is often seen cheering for Team India even during the practice sessions ahead of a match. He has earned the tag of being the most ardent cricket fan in the nation. But the same painted body of his has denied him an entry to the IS Bindra PCA Stadium, Mohali, where India is playing the third Test of the series against England. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 3rd Test at Mohali

On Friday, Sudhir was seen standing outside the stadium and staring at the signboard citing the reason for security officials not allowing him an entry to the ground. “To strictly follow the guidelines provided under the Flag Code of India 2002 and Prevention of Insults to the National Honour Act, 1971,” was written in an advisory for the spectators at Mohali. As reported by Times of India, PCA confirmed that they received a directive related to this and they have just stuck to it, which was the reason behind Sudhir not being allowed to enter the ground.

“We have been asked to adhere to it without fail; hence, the local police and security officials have been informed about it. They will now ensure that it is strictly followed,” said PCA secretary, GS Walia to Times of India.

Also, as per Sudhir, he did not face any such problem during the last two Tests at Visakhapatnam and Rajkot. “Nobody stopped me there, so I am surprised why it’s happening here,” Sudhir said, “I have brought this to the notice of Indian team’s security incharge, and he has promised to look into the matter.”