New Delhi: Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir said on Tuesday that in countries like Australia and South Africa there were too many incidents of racist comments on cricketers and should be stopped. The third Test Series match played in Sydney between India and Australia (Sydney Test) was thrilling and grabbed the headlines due to the racial comments made about the players.
Upset against Siraj and Bumrah
Such comments were made on the third and fourth day of the game against Indian fast pitcher Mohammad Siraj and Jaspreet Bumrah. The Indian team complained to the referee on the pitch after which six spectators were ejected from the stadium. Gambhir said in the “Star Sports” program “Cricket Connected”: “It is very unfortunate and it is something that is not acceptable at all in any sport.” Not just cricket, in any sport I believe there is a need to enact a strict law against it.
Australian captain Tim Paine supported
Gambhir said: “When it happens to a player, only he feels it. You deal with such abuse by playing big games like the Boxing Day Test in places like South Africa and Australia. Following Siraj’s complaint, Australian captain Tim Paine stood by and supported the Indian players.
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Gambhir said: ‘It also depends on how abusive words have been used against you. This is not acceptable out of nowhere, especially derogatory comments about your skin color. Whatever happens in Australia. He needs to be stopped.
Credit given to Pant and Pujara’s partnership for the win
After facing controversy, the Indian team, which stood at the mouth of defeat on the fifth day of the match, was able to draw it. Gambhir attributed this to the 148 partnership between Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara. He said, “It was amazing. It shows the spirit of the team. Rishabh Pant hit it off with flying colors. Obviously, the way he punched was necessary at the time. He supported his way of playing.
He praised Pujara saying, “You talk about his strike rate, but in the world of cricket there are fewer batsmen who can take time and sessions. Such a draw is “like a great victory in Australia”.