Guwahati, the venue for the recently concluded second T20I between India and Australia, showed its ugly side when miscreants threw a rock at the visitors’ team bus while it was on the way to the hotel.
Australia’s opener Aaron Finch had posted an image of the shattered window of the team bus on his Twitter profile on Tuesday night.
The 30-year-old batsman had accompanied the pic with a caption which said, “Pretty scary having a rock thrown through the team bus window on the way back to the hotel!!”
The visitors had thrashed India by eight-wickets in the match to square the three-match series at 1-1.
Pretty scary having a rock thrown through the team bus window on the way back to the hotel!! pic.twitter.com/LBBrksaDXI
— Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) October 10, 2017
On Wednesday, Guwahati showed its classy side when hundreds of cricket supporters turned up at the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International airport to bid the Australian team farewell along with a profound apology.
Guwahati, a city mostly imbibed with football fever, welcomed back international cricket after an eight year long hiatus at the newly inaugurated Barsapara Cricket stadium on Tuesday.
A large crowd of fans had gathered at the airport for the arrival of both teams on Sunday and a similarly large gathering turned up on Wednesday along with placards carrying messages of apology for the rock throwing incident.
The main message of the placards carried by the fans was “Sorry Australia.”
While incidents such as that of Tuesday are deplorable, the true passionate supporters of the city have shown what international cricket means to them.
With the fear of Guwahati being sidelined for future India matches, one can hope that the gesture shown by the fans on Wednesday will get it a reprieve.
The two sides will meet at Hyderabad for the final T20I on Friday which will mark the culmination of Australia’s limited-overs tour of India.