new Delhi: Former India opener Gautam Gambhir said on Tuesday that in countries like Australia and South Africa, there are too many incidents of racist comments on cricketers and should be stopped. The third match of the Test series played in Sydney between India and Australia was thrilling and due to racial comments made on the players, he was in the headlines.
Upset against Siraj and Bumrah
Such comments were made on the third and fourth day of the match against Indian fast bowler Mohammad Siraj and Jaspreet Bumrah. The Indian team complained to the on-field umpire after which six spectators were kicked out of the stadium. Gambhir said in ‘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 face such abuses while playing important matches like Boxing Day Test in places like South Africa, Australia. Following Siraj’s complaint, Australian captain Tim Paine stood with the Indian players and supported them.
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Gambhir said, ‘It also depends on how abusive words were used against you. This is not acceptable from anywhere, especially the derogatory comments made on your skin color. Whatever happens in Australia. He needs to be stopped. ‘
Credit given to Pant and Pujara’s partnership for victory
After facing controversies, the Indian team, which was standing at the mouth of defeat on the fifth day of the match, was able to draw it. Gambhir credited this to the excellent partnership of 148 runs between Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara. He said, ‘It was incredible. This shows the spirit of the team. Rishabh Pant batted brilliantly. Obviously, the way he batted was the same need at that time. He supported his way of playing.
He praised Pujara, saying, ‘You talk about his strike rate but in the cricket world there are less batsmen who can take time and sessions out. Such a draw match is like a big win in Australia.