Dynamic Australian opener, David Warner has apologized to Mohammed Siraj and the rest of the Indian team in wake of the racism which the Indian players have faced from the spectators at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
On Saturday (January 9), post stumps on Day 3, the Ajinkya Rahane led side lodged a complaint to the match referee, David Boon after two of their pacers – Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj – received racial slurs from the crowd during the third Test of the series.
The matter got worse on the fourth day ahead of the tea break, when Mohammed Siraj asked his captain, Ajinkya Rahane, and the on-field umpires to halt the game as he was being continuously being subjected to racists remarks by some spectators behind him while fielding at the fine leg boundary. The umpires intervened along with the fourth umpire was on the field.
The play was halted for about ten minutes as the ground police evicted about half a dozen people from the stadium after Siraj, playing just his second Test, bravely took a stand against the racial comments. Later, reputed journalist Boria Majumdar revealed that the youngster was called a ‘brown dog’ by a section of fans in the crowd.
I would expect better from our home crowd: David Warner
David Warner, in a post on his Instagram, expressed his disappointment with the Australian crowd at the SCG. He apologized to his former Sunrisers Hyderabad teammate, Mohammed Siraj, and the entire Indian team asserting that racism is not all acceptable and should not be tolerated.
The opener didn’t had a good comeback after missing the first two Tests due to injury as he scored 18 runs in the match. David Warner also lauded India’s batting effort to save the Test – India batted out 4 sessions for 131 overs to draw the game, and the series stands level going into the Gabba, where the hosts haven’t lost a Test since 1988.
“It was great to be back out on the park again this week. Was not the ideal result for us but this is what Test cricket is all about. 5 days of tough cricket and well done to our guys for working as hard as we could, congrats to India in the way they fought hard for the draw, and that’s why we love this game, it’s not easy. Move onto Brisbane now for the decider and what a place the Gabba is to play at,” David Warner wrote on his Instagram.
“I’d also like to say sorry to @mohammedsirajofficial and the Indian team as racism, and abuse is not in any way acceptable or tolerated anywhere at any time, and I would expect better from our home crowd,” he added.