Remember what happened when Indian fans booed former Australian captain Steve Smith during ICC World Cup 2019 match? Indian captain Virat Kohli intervened in the scene and told the crowd not to boo Smith and instead he told them to applaud Smudge.
The Indian crowd quickly changed their minds and started applauding the former Australia skipper. The incident was pure gold that it cannot be forgotten by any cricket fan. It was a classy gesture from Indian captain Virat Kohli so much so that even Smith came up to him and thanked him.
Steve Smith will forever be thankful to the Indian skipper for this special gesture. While we praise the Indian skipper for this act, we also expect the same from the Australian players when Indian players get harshly treated by the fans.
A certain section of the Australian supporters was caught hurling abuses at Indian players during the ongoing third Test match between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Meanwhile, some of the fans crossed their limits and irked the two Indian pacers.
Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj were treated harshly by the Aussie supporters during the SCG Test. Both of them were racially abused by the fans, which is deemed contrary to the spirit of the game. The fans are supposed to be cheering for their favorite team and players.
Instead, fans set a bad example by doing a shameless act. Shockingly, not even one Australian player came forward and warned their fans to not do these cheap antics.
Indian team management lodge a complaint
The infamous racist attack happened during the second and the third day of the ongoing Test match in Sydney. Following the disgraceful incident which rocked the Indian cricket fraternity, the Indian cricket team filed an official complaint with the International Cricket Council over racial abuse against Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj.
India’s stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin approached the two umpires – Paul Reiffel and Paul Wilson. It was only after they spoke to the two on-field umpires, the incident came to light.
The group spoke about the issue for some time after the end of Day 3 on Saturday. The Indian cricket team then stayed back in the dressing room while the issue was further discussed between security officials of the team, the ground security staff, and the ICC security official.
ICC hasn’t taken any decision regarding the matter. The issue and the following complaint will be under ICC’s thought until further notice. The Indian players are superstars and they deserve respect for what they have achieved so far.
Fans who racially abused the two Indian bowlers must be banned from entering the cricket stadiums for life. The ICC must chip in with strict punishment for the fans who cross their limits.
Australia in complete command
Australia are leading by 197 runs in the second innings. Marnus Labuschagne and Steven Smith are batting on 47 and 29 respectively as the hosts ended Day 3 with 103/2. Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohammed Siraj got rid of David Warner (13) and Will Pukovski (10).