India won a historic Test by 157 runs at The Oval, taking a 2-1 lead in the series. The series’ final event will take place in Manchester, and it remains to be seen if India will take home the high-profile series.
Often, Indian supporters do tend to get carried away when they see their team on song. For a nation that treats this sport as a religion, there will always be a few members who go overboard while expressing their emotions.
Speaking on this issue, legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar was on the commentary panel for India’s fourth Test against England on the penultimate day, when he called out certain spectators for insulting the national flag.
Sunil Gavaskar against fans defacing the national flag
A group of fans waved the Indian national flag, which was emblazoned with the words “We Bleed Blue.” Gavaskar told the fans not to deface the flag while displaying their patriotism. “No matter how big a fan you are, do not deface the national flag. That is how it has been, that is how it should remain,” Gavaskar said on live broadcast, as per Republic World.
It should be mentioned that under the ‘Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971,’ any act of adorning or defacing the national flag is illegal. These supporters will not be penalised as they were on English territory, but the implications may have been severe if the incident had occurred in India.
When it came to the contest at The Oval, India showed exceptional togetherness to secure a historic triumph. The day began with the gritty display of the English openers and finished with the dominance of the Indian bowlers and, indeed, the entire Indian squad.
Rohit Sharma, who notched his first Test century away from home, was named Man of the Match.