Indian fan discloses how Siraj and Co faced racial slurs in SCG Test
Team India fast bowler Mohammed Siraj came in as a replacement for injured Umesh Yadav. The 26-year-old pacer had a dream debut in Melbourne where he finished the match with 5 wickets to his name. He played an important role in India’s memorable victory over the hosts. Going into the third Test at Sydney Cricket Ground, the match was plagued with a series of controversies.
During the second and third day of the Sydney Test, Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah were racially abused by a crowd member at the SCG stands. The incident came to light after Siraj had complained of racial abuse to stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane. Rahane and Ravi Ashwin reported the matter to the on-field umpire. The players and umpires had a discussion about the same after the end of day’s play.
Indian team management also lodged a complaint over racial abuse against Siraj and Bumrah. While we thought that racial abuses would stop, it continued during the Day 4 of the Test match. Siraj was once again abused by Australian spectators. The fast bowler who was fielding at square-leg boundary heard racial slurs from the stands.
The fast bowler walked up from the square-leg to the umpire and directly pointed out the place where abuses come from. Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara and Mayank Agarwal also joined the discussion. Soon after that, security personnel jumped into action and asked 6 members to leave the stadium.
Ahead of the Border Gavaskar Trophy series, Siraj was involved in warm-up games. During the practice match, Bumrah hit the ball straight into the forehead of all-rounder Cameron Green. Soon after the injury, Siraj threw away his bat to check on him if he was alright. Siraj won Indians’ hearts with his gesture. It is heartbreaking that Aussie fans treated Siraj harshly.
Indian fan opens up
As per the reports, Aussie fans labelled him as ‘brown dog’. Meanwhile, an Indian fan disclosed how Mohammed Siraj and Co faced racial abuses during the SCG Test. “At 10:30 am I don’t expect people to be drunk.
On Saturday, starting from 10:30, there were chants of ‘s*****s, s*****s, s*****s going around’. Rahane was batting at the time, and their chants such as ‘Rahane is a s****r, all Indians are s******. This is the first time I was really seeing something like this. I have never faced something like this and to me it was appalling,” Kumar told Sports Today.
“I turned around and it was a group of 5-6 guys, aged 19-23, young guys who were having a good time and thought that this was really funny. I tried to have some eye contact to let them know that it was not cool, but you know, they just continued. ‘All Indians are s*****s they continued to say,” the fan was quoted as saying.