Racist remarks often hurled at players, it must stop: Gambhir

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 1/13/2021 12:17:32 PM

New Delhi, Jan 12 Incidents of racist taunts being hurled at cricketers happen a lot in countries like Australia and South Africa, and it must stop, former India opener Gautam Gambhir said on Tuesday. The Sydney Test, apart from being an enthralling battle between the ball and the bat, drew attention for Indian players facing racists remarks. The jibes were directed at pacers Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah on the third and fourth days of the match and six fans were thrown out of the stadium after the Indian team complained to the umpires. "Very unfortunate and that is something which is absolutely not acceptable in any sport. Not only cricket, but in any sport and that's where I think there need to be stricter laws," Gambir said on Star Sports show 'cricket connected'. "When it happens to a certain player, it is only that individual who feels about it. You do get abused, in places like South Africa, Australia, when you are playing in a Boxing Day Test match and those kind of stuff as well." The Australian players had supported their Indian counterparts after the incidents with skipper Tim Paine even joining the Indian team huddle after Siraj's complaints on the fourth day of the drawn match. "...you got to accept that, but it depends what kind of an abuse that is and what all has been said to you, that is something which is not acceptable, especially on your colour of skin and the abuse as well," Gambhir said. "It does happen a lot, especially in places like Australia and South Africa. So, these things need to be stopped." The Indian team shrugged off the controversy to eke out a draw when a defeat seemed certain. Gambhir picked Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara for their remarkable 148-run stand that proved key in the final outcome of the match. .While the Indian team management is heaving a sigh of relief that Bumrah hasn't sustained a tear but wants to be on the side of caution as playing in Brisbane.


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