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Virender Sehwag trolls PSU banks, displeased bankers hit back

Virender Sehwag compared on-field umpires in the Centurion ODI to PSU bankers, for calling a 40-minute lunch break with India requiring only two runs to win against South Africa in the second ODI in Centurion.

cricket Updated: Feb 06, 2018 11:55 IST
Ankit Kumar Singh
Ankit Kumar Singh
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Virender Sehwag’s jibe didn’t go down well with a few bankers.(Getty Images)

Former Indian cricket team opener Virender Sehwag is known for his witty and hilarious posts on Twitter. During the second ODI between India and South Africa in Centurion on Sunday, Sehwag was at his wittiest best once again, comparing on-field umpires with employees of Indian Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) banks.

This happened after the umpires decided to go for a lunch break with Team India requiring only two runs to win. Though the umpires’ decision was in keeping with the rules of the cricket book, it left both spectators and cricketers from both sides in absolute shock.

“Umpires treating Indian batsmen like PSU Bank treat customers. Lunch ke baad aana,” Sehwag tweeted after witnessing this bizarre scene. Since then, his tweet has been shared more than seven thousand times.

Virender Sehwag compared on-field umpires in the Centurion ODI to PSU bankers. (Twitter)

Funny as the former Delhi batsman sounded, it irked a few PSU bank employees who replied to his post. Sehwag tried to douse the fire and went on to reply them personally terming them exceptions to the system.

His tweet, however, irked a few bankers. (Twitter)
Sehwag tried to douse the fire. (Twitter)
But another banker replied, taking issue with his original tweet. (Twitter)
Sehwag called both bankers as exceptions to the system. (Twitter)

India defeated South African by nine wickets in the second ODI to take a 2-0 lead in the six-match series. After choosing to field first, Indian bowlers put up a splendid show with Yuzvendra Chahal claiming a five-for as South Africa were bowled out for a paltry 118 in 32.2 overs.

In reply, India had sauntered their way to 93 for 1 in 15 overs at the scheduled break. Going by the playing conditions, the umpires extended the play by four overs or 15 minutes.

With India needing only two runs to win at 117/1 at the end of 19th over, umpires decided to stick to the letter of the regulations and called for a 40-minute break leaving everyone present in the ground shell-shocked. On resumption, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan completed the formality, though, to give India a facile nine-wicket victory.

First Published: Feb 06, 2018 11:51 IST