Shane Watson said he has seen the meme involving him and Rishabh pant and that the moment was very chaotic in the field back then.
Shane Watson, the assistant coach of the Delhi Capitals (DC), has spoken out regarding the photo of him and Rishabh Pant that went popular as a meme during the match against the Rajasthan Royals, stating that the scene was really chaotic at the time. Following the match, a photograph of Watson and Rishabh Pant became popular after being transformed into a meme by netizens.
The Capitals almost lost to the Rajasthan Royals (RR) after the latter set a 223-run target for the former to pursue. The match ended tragically when an umpire’s contentious no-ball judgement resulted in Pant’s inappropriate behaviour in the game’s final over. Pant disagreed with the referee and stormed on the field as he summoned his players to attempt a mid-game stoppage.
During this occasion, a photo of Watson speaking to Pant went viral, emphasising the gravity of the issue and the danger the squad could face if the skipper continued to gaze down. Shane Watson clarified the situation by admitting that things went out of hand for a few minutes.
“Yeah, I saw that meme of me speaking with Rishabh while holding out my hand. It received some coverage! For those few moments, it was chaos. It was quite difficult. However, at the end of the day, it is what it is. There are occasions when neither party is entirely satisfied with a decision. Therefore, you must proceed.” Watson stated in the podcast The Grade Cricketer.
‘We must digest and move on.’ said the ex- Australian cricketer Shane Watson. “However, you look back on those couple of minutes and notice the difference in all the events that transpired. Additionally, Ricky Ponting’s absence aided in directing the ship. In some ways, it was a perfect storm that spiralled out of control. Nobody is proud of what occurred there. We need to digest and move on,” he added.
Rishabh Pant also ventured to send bowling coach Pravin Amre to quarrel with the umpire in the midst of the game, while Shardul Thakur was spotted supporting Pant when he also called the players off the field. The three faced the repercussions, with the skipper being fined 100% of his match cost, Thakur receiving a 50% reduction in his fee, and Amre receiving a one-match ban.
Delhi Capitals will take on Kolkata Knight Riders in their next match, the 41st of the IPL 2022, set for tonight at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.