A pitch invader wearing a shirt with messages supporting Palestine breached security on Sunday at the cricket venue of the India versus Australia ICC World Cup 2023 final match in India’s Ahmedabad.
The spectator entered the field reportedly to meet Virat Kohli and even got close enough to put his arm around India’s star cricketer before being arrested by the police, according to reports.
The match at the Narendra Modi stadium in the western state of Gujarat was interrupted for a few minutes in the 14th over of Indian innings as the man was seen running up to Kohli wearing a white T-shirt, a face mask with Palestinian flag print, and red trousers.
The front of his T-shirt read “Stop Bombing Palestine” while the back had “Free Palestine” message printed on it.
Police were quick to take him off the field and a video later showed him being taken to the Chandkheda police station in Ahmedabad dressed in a yellow T-shirt.
The man was filmed by news agency ANI at the police station as saying that he entered the field to meet Kohli.