Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir

Indian former cricketer Gautam Gambhir points out that Racial abuse is absolutely unacceptable after Indian cricketers have abused in Australia. Siraj made a complain on being racially absued during the 3rd day of the 3rd test match against Australia.

Gambhir reacts for Racial Abuse by Australia fan

“I think this incident has taken the shine off a good, hard-fought series. One or two bad elements have tarnished the image of Aussie crowds. With the background of Covid and its impact, one would like to believe that crowds the world over would be sympathetic towards each other and the players,” Gautam Gambhir said.

Bumrah, Siraj were targets of racial abuse in Australia by the SCG crowd.
Bumrah, Siraj were targets of racial abuse in Australia by the SCG crowd.

“The fact that cricket is happening should because of celebration hence incidents such as these are unfortunate. Also, I think alcohol should be stopped at cricket venues. It brings out a very indifferent behaviour from the spectators. Besides, I would highly recommend a stricter punishment for the offenders. It should be exemplary so that others learn a lesson and it’s not repeated,” Gambhir added.

Racial abuse by Australia fans

India pacer Mohammed Siraj was again subjected to racial slurs by fans in the crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday. Siraj was fielding at the square leg boundary when a group of six people started passing racial comments to him.

The play was halted for about 10 minutes as captain Ajinkya Rahane and Siraj complained to the umpires about the incident. Six people were ejected from the crowd by the security.

Siraj, as reported by India Today, was called ‘brown dog’ when he was fielding at the boundary ropes on Sunday.

Earlier in the day, India captain Virat Kohli came up with a sharp reaction to the racist row, saying the incident needs to be looked at with “absolute urgency”.

“Racial abuse is absolutely unacceptable. Having gone through many incidents of really pathetic things said on the boundary Iines, this is the absolute peak of rowdy behaviour. It’s sad to see this happen on the field,” Virat Kohli said in a social media post.