‘I walked up to Mohammed Siraj and he had tears rolling down his cheeks’: Paine | Cricket

India’s historic Test series win in Australia in 2021 will always hold a special place in the hearts of Indian cricket fans and those who are a part of it. India won the series 2-1 in the Adelaide Test in a hostile fight. But when the series turns out to be a cracker, it does have its fair share of ups and downs. During the New Year’s Test in Sydney, a big controversy erupted in the tour when India’s pacer Mohammed Siraj received racist comments from the group. Australia’s former Test captain Tim Paine took the opportunity to voice his thoughts on what he considers ‘uncalled for’ under the spirit of the game.

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Siraj was fielding at the boundary rope when he received racial abuse and derision from some members of the Sydney Cricket Ground, prompting captain Ajinkya Rahane and Test umpires Paul Reiffel and Paul Wilson to report the incident. . He said Jaspreet Bumrah was also involved in similar behavior. The match was temporarily hampered as the umpires gave Rahane the option to take his team out of the field and return after the matter was over, but the SCG security removed the culprits from the stand.

Paine Siraj condemned the behavior of Australian supporters and supported the India team. “Traditionally in Australia, we’ve been good at how we treat our visiting cricket teams, so it’s disappointing to see that happen again,” Pine said in the ‘Bandon May Tha Dum’ documentary streaming on VOOT.

By showing solidarity with Siraj and India, Paine made it clear that the Australian team was drawn to the lineup despite fierce competition. Siraj was on his first overseas trip and reached a breaking point with the insulting minorities within the crowd throwing insults at them, rightly saddened and emotionally overwhelmed by the prospect. In addition, he suffered the loss of his father during the tour and shed tears while singing the national anthem.

“I still remember what happened near Siraj. There were tears in his eyes and tears in his cheeks. So it really affected him and cut him really deep. It was a child who had gone through his father’s death. Mentioned.

Pine and the Australian leadership group fully backed Siraj’s claim and took the opportunity to remove those elements from the group and reaffirm their support, reminding viewers that there are some important issues beyond sports competition. Siraj claims he used that fire to promote his performances for the rest of the tour and he now stars as India’s senior bowler in the famous injury-affected Gabba Test. He returned victorious from the tour and paid tribute to his father upon his arrival in Hyderabad.

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