The owner of the store ‘Baby Village’ said that there was no ban in New South Wales at the time (7th December) of this photo.
In Australia, Indian team openers Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw and Navdeep Saini as well as Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya were also accused of breaking the Corona protocol. Australian media shared a photo claiming that Kohli and Pandya had visited a shop during the ODI series. The photo was from a baby store in Sydney’s Baby Village.
Now the owner of the baby store has accused the Australian media of spreading misleading news. Baby Village owner Nathan Pongras said the Australian media’s report was embarrassing. He said that Kohli and Pandya did not violate any protocol. There was no ban in New South Wales at the time (7 December) of this photo.
There were no cases in Sydney at the time of Kohli and Pandya
Nathan said, ‘Kohli and Pandya came to the store and spent some time. At that time there was no problem in New South Wales. We wanted to give them a gift, but they did not agree and said that they would pay for all the goods. They treated us very well. He also spoke to our staff. Both are very good. ‘
Shared a photo on social media to feel proud
Nathan said, ‘Kohli and Pandya also took photos with our employees. We shared it on social media so that we can proudly say that they chose our store for shopping. Our staff was not allowed to touch them or shake hands, whereas in Sydney there was no such restriction in those days. ‘
Only 1 in 50 people wore masks in Sydney
Nathan said, ‘During this time both players did not even wear masks. As I said earlier, there were no Corona cases in Sydney at that time. In Sydney, only 1 in 50 people wore masks in those days. I only saw the elderly wearing masks. I have not even seen pregnant women wearing masks.
Australian media reports embarrassing
Nathan said that he and the store staff spent a good time with Kohli and Pandya. He said that whatever happened in the Australian media about this is very shameful. According to Australian media reports indoor masks such as gaming rooms, hair salons and shops in New South Wales have been mandated since 3 January. While there Corona cases were increasing since mid-December.
Australian media eyes open 20 days later
On 2 January, the Sydney Morning Herald accused Kohli and Pandya of bio-bubble violations after their photo went viral. It is quite surprising that the Australian media opened its eyes 20 days later. Pandya and Kohli have returned to India 20 days ago. After this, he also made similar allegations against 5 Indian players including Rohit.
The third Test will be played in Sydney from January 7
All the players from Team India, who arrived in Sydney from Melbourne on 4 January for the third Test, were found to be negative in the Corona Test. The third Test will be played from 7 January. Five players including Rohit Sharma have also reached Sydney with the team. He is expected to play in the Sydney Test.