Did Virat Kohli Break the Protocol by Shopping in Sydney last Month?

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A wide-eyed fan of Indian cricket on this Friday tweeted photos of five of the players of Indian cricket team Shubnam Gill, Prithvi Shaw, Navdeep Saini, Rishab Pant, and Rohit Sharma when dining at a restaurant in Melbourne, and that caused a stir on social media.

The fan paid the bill for the players and hugged Rishab Pant. If the reports of Australian Media are to be believed, this was not the first instance of the alleged breach of bio-bubble by the players of the Indian cricket team when they were on a cricket tour. As a matter of fact, there were two other misconducts in which the breaches went unreported. 

The first incident involved the Captain of Indian Cricket Team Virat Kohli as well as the all-rounder Hardik Pandya who visited a store for toddlers on 7th December in Sydney. They posed with a woman (who is probably a staff member or shopkeeper) without their masks. Both the cricketers have inadvertently breached the biosecurity norms of Australia’s Cricket, as stated by an official to The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.

The second incident was a little over a week after the previous one when a group of Indian players made a brief-stop late at night at some eatery at Adelaide. A couple of players went in to place their orders, and meanwhile, others sat on the table outside. This was the second breach because the players who went in didn’t wear masks. The Sydney Morning Herald stated that both these instances are minor breaches, unlike the one that involved five players of the Indian Cricket team that created a stir on social media. The incidents went unnoticed as they were not being reported to the cricket authorities.