The fifth and final T20I between India and South Africa was abandoned due to persistent rain at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday. Only 3.3 overs were bowled in the match, and in that period, India, after being asked to bat first, had managed to post 28/2 with both Ishan Kishan and Ruturaj Gaikwad in the hut.

Being a series decider, many fans expected a cracker of a game, but the continued drizzle ruled out all the chances of what could be a perfect match. However, more than the cricket action, there was one incident involving Gaikwad that grabbed the maximum eyeballs that left netizens fuming.

A video of Gaikwad went viral all over social media on Sunday, where he was spotted gesturing to a groundsman to maintain distance and looking the other way.

The incident took place during the rain break when Gaikwad was sitting in the dugout. The young India opener was approached by a groundsman for a selfie, but Gaikwad denied the request and was seen asking the groundsman to maintain the proper distance from him.

Here is the video:

Very bad and disrespectful gesture by Ruturaj Gaikwad. Sad to see these groundsmen getting treated like this 😔#RuturajGaikwad

— Arnav (@imarnav_904) June 19, 2022

The short clip became the talk of the town on social media as many fans and supporters expressed their anger at Gaikwad for his disrespectful behaviour towards the groundsman. Quite a few users tagged BCCI and urged the apex Indian cricket board to take action against the Pune-born cricketer.

Here is how Netizens reacted:

@Ruutu1331 the gesture you have shown to the real heroes (Groundsman) is unacceptable in gentleman’s game. Your shameful behavior will not be tolerated. Learn from @ImRo45 and other teammates how to treat with Unsung heroes. #RuturajGaikwad #INDvsSA @BCCI @JayShah @SGanguly99

— Koushik Chakraborty (@koushik_95) June 20, 2022

Ruturaj Gaikwad disrespecting Groundsman. This arrogance and attitude is very bad man. First learn respecting People.
And no bio bubble this series.#INDvsSA #chinnaswamystadium #rain #RuturajGaikwad

— Vicky Shinde (@iamshinde83) June 19, 2022

Ruturaj Gaikwad showing attitude while taking selfie with ‘groundsman’ not anyone can treat everyone equal like Rohit Sharma ❤️#INDvSA #IndvsSa

— 𓃵 Ctrl C + Ctrl Memes 45 (@Ctrlmemes_) June 19, 2022

Rituraj treats groundmen like casteism 🙁😕 request @BCCI to fine him for her bad behaviour #rutu #INDvSA #rain#BCCI #RuturajGaikwad #Bangalore

— amayprem 25 (@Amayprem333) June 19, 2022

@Ruutu1331 this guy should b banned for his untouchable kind of behaviour he cant do that to any groundsmen its a shame that this shameless guy did this #RuturajGaikwad #INDvsSA

— Deepak godhan (@thedpkgodhan) June 20, 2022

Ruturaj Gaikwad ‘mistreating, disrespecting’ groundsman ‘Worst behaviour’ have to teach some sense then go to international cricket #RuturajGaikwad #bcci #cricket #TeamIndia #aravchoudhary #newindia

— Arav Choudhary (@iaravchoudhary) June 20, 2022

Being humble makes you greatest ❤️

It’s just a start of you career and very long way to go. That’s the tweet @Ruutu1331 @ImRo45 @sachin_rt @msdhoni @imVkohli

— Pushkraj Priyanka Lanjekar (@prince_pushkraj) June 20, 2022

Worst Attitude …@Ruutu1331 First Learn Respect #Cricket #IndianCricketTeam #ruthuraj

— the professor (@theprof44432954) June 20, 2022

Shame! Shame! Shame!
Unfortunately my friends I have to say this #RuturajGaikwad is Spoiled, His attitude had defines his character and that’s “Cheap”!! 🤬

— Sport Enthusiast (@frolic_waseem) June 20, 2022

“Very disappointed we didn’t get a full game for the end of an exciting tour. We started pretty well, pity we could not see the outcome. We can’t control the weather. I am sure the future series against India will be interesting like this one,” said Proteas stand-in skipper Keshav Maharaj after the game.

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