Indian Cricketers Face Racial Slurs in Australia
Times Now News
Jan 12, 2021

During the third test between India and Australia, Indian players faced racial slurs, scruffed up the batsman's mark, sledging and aggression. However Indian players stood their ground and led the mat

Indian players Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah were racially abused during the third Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), on the third day of the match.  The vile behaviour from a section of Australian supporters continued on the fourth day as well. Siraj was fielding on the boundary rope when insulting and distasteful comments were passed against him by a group of fans present at the stadium. The play had to be halted for around ten minutes before Tea on Day 4 after Siraj reported the incident to captain Ajinkya Rahane and his other teammates. Rahane quickly discussed the matter with the on-field umpires. After that the security officials got into action and asked as many as six Australian supporters to leave the ground. The umpires - Paul Reiffel and Paul Wilson were also spotted walking towards the boundary line and had a word with the security officials. 

A day before i.e on the Day 3 of the match, India filed a formal complaint about Siraj and Bumrah being subjected to racial abuse by a section of drunk Australian fans at the SCG on Day 3 of the Test match. The officials were made aware that Siraj, Bumrah, and other Indian players were targeted by members of the crowd. ICC has launched an investigation into the matter and Cricket Australia has assured strict action against those found guilty. Sean Carroll, Cricket Australia's Head of Integrity and Security said “Cricket Australia condemns all discriminatory behaviour. If you engage in racist abuse, you are not welcome in Australian cricket. As series hosts, we unreservedly apologise to our friends in the Indian cricket team and assure them we will prosecute the matter to its fullest extent.”

 

While on Day 5 of the match, after the drinks break in the first session just before play resumed - the stumps cam caught an Australian on the pitch and before leaving, he scruffs up the batsman's mark. Pant then walks in and can be seen asking for the guard again. The player in the video jersey number 49 is Steve Smith. This incident brings up the question of Gamesmanship and the spirit of the game. 

The ICC has rules about fielders damaging the pitch.They Will investigate the matter and decide.  As per rules, it is unfair to cause deliberate or avoidable damage to the pitch. If the umpire feels that a fielder is not needed on the pitch, then the fielder can be punished. 

People saw the bad behaviour of the Australia’s cricketers once more after India launched an astonishing response to save the third Test at Sydney. 

Australian Captain Tim Paine who is the wicketkeeper as well, was heard calling India’s Ravichandran Ashwin many bad words. The stump mic picked up the bad words and sledging. Even as the Australians ramped up their aggression in the final session of the day, with chances of Australia winning going up in smoke bit by bit as Vihari and Ashwin batted very well and led the match to a draw.