The ongoing Test series between India and Australia has seen quite a few controversies arising. But the news of a section of spectators in Sydney racially abusing the Indian players during the third Test marred the spirit of the game. However, ace Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has revealed that they have faced racial abuse at the SCG earlier as well and the issue needs to be dealt with an iron fist.
On Sunday, play was halted for a few minutes after Indian bowler Mohammed Siraj complained of abuse from a section of the crowd. It led to the expulsion of some spectators from the SCG. Cricket Australia issued an unreserved apology. Australia head coach Justin Langer also condemned the unpleasant incident.
“We have faced racism in Sydney earlier too. It needs to be dealt with iron fist,” Ravichandran Ashwin said during a post-match press conference.
“I didn’t know what racism is”
Local media reported that six people were expelled form the ground by the security. The on-ground proceedings were halted for nearly 10 minutes.
Experienced Indian cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin recalled that back in 2011 he didn’t know what racism is and how one is made to feel small. “In 2011, I didn’t know what racism is and how you are made to feel small. And people also join the laugh,” he said.
News of Indian players facing racial abuse first surfaced after the end of the third day’s play. The third Test is crucial in the four-match series as the the two sides are currently tied 1-1.