Mohammed Siraj Got Labelled “A Bloody Grub” By Australian Supporters
Just a couple of days after the shameful racism incident in Sydney, Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj got attacked by abuses again by some Aussie supporters on Day 1 at the ultimate Test at Brisbane. Australia was batting first at the Gabba Test. They were in a comfortable position at the top of the primary day’s play.
Reports are coming from Australia that at the time Siraj was fielding on the boundary, one or two people from the gang called Siraj “A Bloody Grub”. However, the Indian fast bowler didn’t catch what was being said at him.
Tim Paine requested the gang to respect the Indian players:
Despite the Aussie captain, Tim Paine’s public request for the gang to stay respectful for all the players at the stadium, a number of them couldn’t keep their abuses to themselves. They were reactive as ever.
Paine claimed before the beginning of the fourth and final Test that it’s always a difficult thing to play at Brisbane. that’s not only for the opposition but even for his or her players. The Border-Gavaskar Trophy is well balanced because the final Test is going to be the decider.
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“Yeah, it [the Gabba] is true up there, little question that. it’s a tough place to return and play cricket. Even for Tasmanians and Victorians to return here, it is often challenging to regulate the various bounce and speed of the wicket. it’s something that has been to the advantage of Australian teams for an extended time.”
Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj faced racist abuse within the third test:
Mohammed Siraj, who is playing his first International Test series for India, faced racist comments. That was within the third Test at Sydney alongside Jasprit Bumrah, though things were calmed down. The play was suspended a few times before the culprits were shown the entrance. a lover at Brisbane told Sydney Morning Herald that Washington Sundar and Siraj were being targeted by some Australian supporters. That was employing a chant quite almost like what was said at the SCG.
A fan named Kate was quoted by the Sydney Morning Herald-
“THE GUYS BEHIND ME are CALLING AND SHOUTING, BOTH WASHINGTON SUNDAR AND MOHAMMED SIRAJ GRUBS. IT STARTED AFTER THEY TARGETTED SIRAJ. it had been A CHANT almost like THE SCG ONE (IN WHICH FANS SANG TO THE TUNE OF QUE SERA, SERA BUT SUBSTITUTED THE LYRICS WITH QUE SHIRAZ, SHIRAZ). At this point, it had been SIRAJ. I think it’s NOT A COINCIDENCE THAT it’s SIRAJ BEING TARGETED POST THE SCG STUFF. AT ONE POINT, a person therein SECTION WAS HEARD YELLING, ‘SIRAJ, GIVE US A WAVE, GIVE US A WAVE, GIVE US A WAVE. SIRAJ, YOU BLOODY GRUB’.”