Mohammed Siraj revealed on Thursday that the on-field umpires had asked India the option to leave the SCG test after some players were receiving racial abuse from the crowd during the Sydney Test in Australia.
However, the stand-in captain Rahane refused to step back. Siraj who landed in Hyderabad today spoke to media about the incident after visiting his father’s grave. “The umpires had said we can leave the game and go if we are upset with the racist comments, but (Ajinkya) Rahane said ‘why should we leave the game, we respect the game and we are here to play’,” said Siraj.
“That incident made me mentally stronger, and I am happy that I didn’t let it affect my game,” the fast bowler, who finished as India’s highest wicket taker in the Test series, added.
Mohammed Siraj called racial abuse at the SCG on Day four of the 3rd Test. Besides Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah was also targeted with racial comments. A section of the crowd was removed from the SCG test after Siraj complained the on-field umpires about the racial abuse which Indians were receiving on field. The incident resulted in widespread condemnation from the players & different cricket boards with the ICC appreciating the action taken by the ground authorities against this shameful incident.
“There is no place for discrimination in our sport and we are incredibly disappointed that a small minority of fans may think that this abhorrent behavior is acceptable. We have a comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Policy in place that Members have to abide by and ensure is adhered to by fans and we welcome the action taken by ground authorities and Cricket Australia today,” the ICC said in a statement.
Mohammed Siraj ended the series by grabbing 13 wickets, including a maiden five wicket haul in the 4th test in Brisbane as India won a thrilling contest at the Gabba to take the Border-Gavaskar series 2-1.