Sri Lanka v India, 3rd Test, P Sara Oval, 1st day August 3, 2010

Fans taunt Yuvraj with 'water boy' chants


Taunting from visibly drunk fans at the T Murugaser Stand, which is situated just outside the Oval Taverners bar and right next to the players' passage, got out of hand at the P Sara Oval, and the victim was Yuvraj Singh, India's 12th man. Yuvraj was seen pointing out the disruptive members to authorities, and police had to intervene.

At the end of the day's play, when Yuvraj was coming back from his cooling-down exercise, the fans chanted: "We want water boy. Boy boy, water boy." They also praised Suresh Raina for having taken Yuvraj's place in the side. It all started when Yuvraj was carrying drinks for the team, and the fans, in what is the members' stand at the ground, started heckling him with "water boy, water boy why ain't you playing" chants. According to an eyewitness, a provocative gesture was shown to the player.

"The crowd was trying to misbehave with the player," Ranjib Biswal, India's manager, said. "The police was asked to intervene and the situation was brought under control. Yuvi was not at fault, he didn't try to provoke the crowd at all. I was sitting next to Yuvi when it happened and I can tell you they were trying to provoke the player.

"Naturally, it's a basic human tendency to react to situations when you are being repeatedly provoked but Yuvi was quite restrained," Biswal said. "The police have taken the spectators out and we will definitely lodge a complaint."

Tony Perera, CEO of the Tamil Union Cricket and Athletics Club, which owns the P Sara Oval, said: "Tomorrow we are making a few adjustments but the fans will definitely come and see the teams play. We will take corrective and preventive measures tomorrow.

"Taverners was built to add lustre to the club and not for fans to intoxicate and behave in a way that is detrimental to cricket. It's very much a part of the place. Just a few people doesn't mean the whole club should be held responsible. I am still looking into the details of who those people were. But necessary action will be taken tomorrow."

Sidharth Monga is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on August 5, 2010, 3:35 GMT

    this is wrong the fans should not provoke players no matter who he is

  • andy on August 5, 2010, 0:45 GMT

    Lol that was funny Yuvi, you better work harder if you want to be in the Indian team

  • Fasahat on August 4, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    Anyone see the video of Yuvraj sledging KP? Did KP go and cry to the police? NO! Suck it up Yuvraj!

  • Dummy4 on August 4, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    Yuvraj should respond with his bat. If not he doesn't deserve to be called WATER BOY. There are many well deserving WATER BOYS waiting for that 12 th spot

  • Dummy4 on August 4, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    I think Yuvi should read all the comments to understand what people think about him and the incident.

  • Dummy4 on August 4, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    ''You are my sunshine,my only waterboy you make us happy with your wet towels and juice bottles,you really dont know how much SL fans love you,to sing a song as drunk as they can be...waterboy YUVI............. Yuvi mate,you should have had some sense of humour,If I was in your place I would completly ignore them and even have a big laugh at them rather than taking thinks too personal,so honey bun,give it a rest will ya?Now look you made headlines to make you look a clown in the cricketing world,I almost died laughing at this article,anyway keep up the good work at your appointment as ''water-boy'',good luck.

  • Prem on August 4, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    If I'm not wrong, the Aussie bowlers say a lot worse, on the field of play. So why should somebody like Yuvraj Singh get worried about what some drunk fans say, off the field? How is the police involved, and why is everybody acting like a child over this? Its an absolute non-issue. Nobody should be fined, banned, or penalized in any way whatsoever.

  • Dummy4 on August 4, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    I think ths is a stratergy by indian team management to bring yuvraj back with a vengence and blast on to the centre stage with his willow, which will benifit the Indian team as whole. Whatever !!!

  • Aditya on August 4, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    Yuvraj has gone to another low. I think he will not peak again. sadly for india. but anyways a funny episode.

  • Dummy4 on August 4, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    I wonder if he was more annoyed by the water boy chant or the fact that he used to be better than that. Come on dude, shed a few pounds and smash a few sixes. Doesn't condone people showing him "provocative gestures" though.

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