Star Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj is once again in the middle of a controversy as he has been more often than not throughout the Test series against Australia. After reporting racial abuse by Australian fans at the Sydney Cricket Ground in the third Test, Mohammed Siraj has had to face abuse once again, at Gabba.
Notably, the India National Cricket Team took on Australia in the final Test of the Border-Gavaskar trophy at the Gabba in Brisbane. Team India made four changes in the first eleven as Mohammed Siraj came out to be the most experienced Indian pacer in the side. The pacer was right on cue to get David Warner out quickly once again.
Mohammed Siraj Abused By Australian Fans At The Gabba
According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald, both Siraj and Washington Sundar were repeatedly labelled ‘grubs’ by a group of fans.
“The guys behind me have been calling – shouting – both Washington and Siraj grubs,” the paper quotes a spectator known as Kate.
“It started targeted at Siraj and it was a chant similar to the SCG one (“Que Shiraz, Shiraz” to the tune of Que Sera, Sera). “But this time it was Siraj. I suspect it’s not a coincidence that it’s Siraj being targeted post the SCG stuff.”
Watch the video of the incident here:
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Day 1 Of The Brisbane Test Ends On Equal Footing
The first day of the Brisbane Test ended on equal footings for both India and Australia. While the Indian bowlers picked the Australian openers early in the innings and the Australian mavericks Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne fought back to help Australia go to a decent total after the end of Day 1.
Marnus Labuschagne went on to score a ton in the final Test while Indian bowlers made a comeback picking the three wickets in the second and third session. The Australians are now 274/5 at stumps on Day 1 and Australian skipper Tim Paine and all-rounder Cameron Green look well settled to carry the Aussie innings.