After complaining of racial abuse at the SCG, Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj was the target of the Australian fans yet again at The Gabba. As per reports in the Sydney Morning Herald, Siraj along with his Indian teammate Washington Sundar repeatedly labelled a “grub” by a group of fans at the Gabba. The update about the same was given to the newspaper by a fan who asked his name to be kept secret.
The Indian pacer fielded around section 215 and 216 where he was targeted by a group of spectators. However, he moved from that area very soon after his captain asked him to move to a different position.
Mohammed Siraj Targeted At The Gabba
“The guys behind me have been calling – shouting – both Washington and Siraj grubs. It started targeted at Siraj and it was a chant similar to the SCG one (in which fans sung to the tune of Que Sera, Sera but substituted the lyrics with Que Shiraz, Shiraz)” a spectator named Kate said.
“But this time it was Siraj. I suspect it’s not a coincidence that it’s Siraj being targeted post the SCG stuff. At one point, a man in that section was heard yelling, “Siraj, give us a wave, give us a wave, give us a wave. Siraj, you bloody grub” he further added.
Meanwhile, another spectator named Paul O’Sullivan, who was seated at the Stanley Street end – where seats are generally $80 or more – and didn’t hear or see any poor behaviour.
“The people up here are here to watch the cricket. Not carry on like pork chops. The most upset people were all day was when D Warner played that inept shot” O’Sullivan said.
Cricket Australia is already investigating the Sydney case after Team India lodged a complaint of racial abuse against the pacer. The Australian Cricket Board has already apologised about the incident promising full commitment towards the investigation. The ICC is also aware of the situation and is awaiting Cricket Australia’s report of the same.
Meanwhile, Australia ended day 1 at The Gabba on 274 for 5 after Natarajan picked two quick wickets to keep Australia at bay at the end of the day’s play. This happened after Australia won the toss and elected to bat at their fortress where they are unbeaten in Tests since 1988.