India v Windies Tests - Men's

Kohli accosted by pitch invader

Indian skipper visibly disturbed as fan runs onto the field and attempts to plant a kiss on his hero's face

AFP & Cricket Network

12 October 2018, 07:38 PM

An overenthusiastic fan breached security at Hyderabad cricket ground on Friday to take a selfie with Virat Kohli, but was stopped before he was able to plant a kiss on the Indian captain's cheek.

Kohli remonstrates with the spectator // AAP
Kohli remonstrates with the spectator // AAP

Kohli was fielding at mid-wicket in the opening session of the first day of India's second Test against the West Indies when the fan ran onto the field and embraced the Indian star.

Security officers overpowered the youngster and hauled him off the field as the crowd roared and clapped. The umpires called for a drinks break as Kohli was visibly upset.

The host broadcaster did not show the incident live, although the fan could be seen getting escorted off the ground as drinks came onto the field of play.

The fan attempts to take a precious selfie with Kohli // AAP
The fan attempts to take a precious selfie with Kohli // AAP

It was the second such incident in the series after Kohli was surrounded by selfie-taking fans in the middle of the first Test in Rajkot last week.

Kohli, 29, is often the subject of adulation, with one fan touching his feet before taking a selfie during an Indian Premier League match earlier this year.

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It was an eventful morning in Hyderabad after the Windies elected the bat first, with India's debutant Shardul Thakur bowling just 10 balls in his maiden Test before he was forced to leave the field due to injury.

The right-armer was sent for scans on a groin problem and an update on his participation for the rest of the Test will be made following the results of those scans. It's already been confirmed that he will not take the field for the rest of day one.

Thakur, 26, was handed his cap by coach Ravi Shastri barely 30 minutes before he left the field in the hands of the team physio.