In a bizarre incident, a man drove his car onto the pitch during the Ranji Trophy match between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh at the Air Force ground in Palam on Friday afternoon.
The man, who identified himself as Girish Sharma, claimed that he had lost his way, and since there was no security at the entrance, he drove his vehicle, a Maruti Wagon R, onto the ground.
The incident occurred at 4.40 pm, 20 minutes from the close of play. The unexpected entry of the vehicle startled both the players and umpires. As Sharma tried to drive away, he was caught by security officials and handed over to the Air Force Police.
A number of international players like Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina and Ishant Sharma were in action in the match when this incident happened.
Suresh Raina, Ishant Sharma and other cricket lovers reacted on Twitter after the man drove his car on the pitch.
Very disturbing to see our Ranji Trophy game being interrupted in this fashion today! Thankfully all players are safe 🤞🏻 pic.twitter.com/OuErA8O6aI
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) November 3, 2017
— Ishant Sharma (@ImIshant) November 3, 2017
When you follow google map to reach your destination 👀 pic.twitter.com/J9pWIZ7pSU
— Sana Patel (@Crichipster) November 3, 2017
New low in Indian sports’ fandom. Delhi-UP Ranji Trophy game was halted because a car drove into the middle of the pitch today at Palam A Ground, Delhi. pic.twitter.com/SLLqT9Br2w
— Venkat Parthasarathy (@Venkrek) November 3, 2017
Today's Delhi-UP Ranji Trophy game was halted because…
a car drove into the middle of the pitch!!
Bhai Delhi mein kuch bhi ho sakta hai!
— Shivam Patil (@aimlessloner) November 3, 2017
That must be a first – "Car stops play". Ranji Trophy game between Delhi and UP held up by man driving to the pitch at the Air Force ground.
— G Rajaraman (@g_rajaraman) November 3, 2017
When you don't treat dulhe ke fufa ji well.
He in the middle of wedding: pic.twitter.com/xOHmsnBTgU
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) November 3, 2017
— Navneet Mundhra (@navneet_mundhra) November 3, 2017