In a series of tweets, Virat Kohli addressed the incident that has marred the ongoing Sydney Test. The champion batsman called the incident unacceptable besides urging the authorities to take strict action against the perpetrators.
Kohli also revealed that he had also gone through many such incidents where ‘really pathetic things’ have been hurled at him on the boundary line.
“Racial abuse is absolutely unacceptable. Having gone through many incidents of really pathetic things said on the boundary Iines, this is the absolute peak of rowdy behavior. It’s sad to see this happen on the field,” Virat Kohli tweeted.
“The incident needs to be looked at with absolute urgency and seriousness and strict action against the offenders should set things straight for once,” he added.
The incident needs to be looked at with absolute urgency and seriousness and strict action against the offenders should set things straight for once.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 10, 2021
Following the official complaint lodged by the Indian team-management on day 03 after Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumraj reported separate incidents where they were subjected to racial abuse, things reached a nadir on Sunday when Mohammed Siraj once again complained of having received derogatory remarks by a section of the crowd.
The New South Wales police immediately threw out at least five such perpetrators from the stadium while Cricket Australia released an official statement where it condemned the incident besides stating that an investigation is underway.
Meanwhile, according to a report in India Today, a member of team-management has revealed that Siraj was called ‘brown dog’ by the spectators.
Ravichandran Ashwin has also called for the incident to be dealt with an ‘iron fist’ after he revealed that he too has faced racism in Sydney in the past.
“Have faced racism in Sydney earlier; needs to be dealt with an iron fist,” Ashwin told the press.