The unwanted interruption did not go well with the Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar who came down heavily on the ground staff on air. “Ground staff should ensure that such things don’t cause a delay,” he said.
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Spectators cheered as the stubborn animal led a series of ground staff on a chase around the stadium in Chennai.
The dog, tail wagging, seemed to enjoy the spotlight before it was driven away and the match began after a five-minute delay.
Batting great Sunil Gavaskar was not amused by the turn of events and said “groundstaff should ensure that such things don’t cause a delay”.
Chennai skipper MS Dhoni had a smile as he returned to his team’s fortress, this time full of fans after Covid had forced years of closed-door and away matches.
The money-spinning T20 tournament has returned to the home-and-away format in its 16th edition with 10 teams travelling across India in their fight to reach the final on May 28.
Focus turned back to cricket as Chennai opener Ruturaj Gaikwad faced pace bowler Kyle Mayers after Lucknow elected to field first.
In 2011, India was forced to halt its first Formula 1 practice session when a stray dog ran onto the Buddh International Circuit.
(With AFP Inputs)