Posted - 04/08/2010 : 12:04:16
COLOMBO: Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh, who was left out of the playing eleven, on Tuesday lost his cool and showed his middle finger at the Sri Lankan fans who jeered him with "water boy" chants during the third Test.
The incident happened during the opening day of the final Test when 12th man Yuvraj entered the ground and made his way towards his teammates with water bottles and some drinks in hand.
But soon a section of the spectators started booing by calling him "water boy". An enraged Yuvraj then raised his middle finger towards the booing fans.
Taking note of the incident, Team India manager Ranjib Biswal said they are planning to file a police complaint against the fans who jeered Yuvraj.
"We are mulling to lodge a police complain against the fans who had tried to jeer Yuvraj when he had come out to provide drinks during the match," he said.
Yuvraj, who missed the second Test due to illness, failed to make it to the playing eleven in the final match also.
Sri Lanka were at 293 for 4 at the draw of stumps on the first day of the final Test at P Sara Oval here.
India are 0-1 down in the three-match series, having lost the first match and drawn the second.
Oh dear, TOI changed the whole story now-
Crowd fingers 'waterboy' Yuvraj
COLOMBO: From dashing middle-order batsman to sidelined 'waterboy', it's been a dispiriting drop for Yuvraj Singh. And the Lankan crowd rubbed it in on Tuesday, making sure to remind him he'd been left out of the team for the third Test for Suresh Raina.
The T Murugaser stand adjacent to the dressing room made sure Yuvraj stayed in the limelight. The Oval Taverners bar kept the club members throats suitably greased, and fun and frolic turned to temper tantrums.
As Yuvraj was carrying drinks back from the ground after the tea break, one fan shouted, "Why are you carrying the water?" Others followed suit. One gesticulated, giving Yuvraj the finger. An agitated Yuvraj pointed it all out to local authorities.
The audience might not have heard what Yuvraj was saying, but it was obvious that he was complaining. This goaded them further, and the taunts intensified. The police was immediately ushered in to keep things quiet.
It's hard to be tough on the club's members though, and the crowd was allowed to stay put, making for some uneasy moments. "Waterboy, waterboy/Don't let me down waterboy", they sang in mock defiance and took to praising every Indian player coming out of the ground. "Munaf Patel, you will be captain one day," they shouted. Pragyan Ojha was hailed as the next Muttiah Muralitharan, but the best cheer was reserved for Raina: "Raina, Raina, well done man/You have made us all proud."
Every once in a while, they would return to Yuvraj. "You are my sunshine/You are my waterboy/We want our waterboy," they sang in unison, as Yuvi bristled in the dressing room.