The Indian tour of Australia, 2020/21, was a memorable affair for the visitors. As India lost the ODIs, 2-1, they won the T20Is, by the same margin, before action moved to the four-game Test series Down Under. After a disastrous performance in the first test, in Adelaide India were without regular skipper Virat Kohli – who missed the rest of the series – due to paternity leave, however, India skippered by Ajinkya Rahane is came from behind to win the series 2-1 in historic fashion.
India battled various odds to win the series 2-1. While many regulars were injured, India also faced racial discrimination when Md Siraj was on the pitch near the boundary lines during the third and penultimate Test at the SCG, Sydney. Recently, Ajinkya Rahane recalled the conversation he had with the referees when things got out of hand with Siraj being racially abused on multiple occasions.
“When Siraj came back to see me (on the fourth day), I told the referees (Paul Reiffel and Paul Wilson) that they (they) had to act and we won’t play until then,” Rahane said according to a report. ESPNCricinfo. on the sidelines of an event in Mumbai, Wednesday, June 2.
“The referees said you couldn’t block play and you could get out if you wanted to. We said we were here to play not to sit in the dressing room and insisted on getting the aggressors off the floor “It was important to support our colleague given the situation he went through. What happened in Sydney was completely wrong,” he said.
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Rahane then opened up on the big issue of racism and said: “I don’t think it has anything to do with any particular section of the population in any particular country. People everywhere believe that they belong to some kind of majority and they will get what they want. And I think racism is a tip of that, where people believe that’s a way of differentiating with someone. The only solution is better parenting and better awareness.
“Yes, it happened on this ground (SCG) and in this place (Australia) a lot more. But it was brave of him (Siraj) to talk about it so that at least more people know and the people sitting next to such people on the ground do better next time. This is something to be condemned. But I want to point out that people everywhere are differentiating between people on different grounds, which does not is not fair, ”concluded the test specialist.
Despite the drama on the pitch, Siraj was one of India’s best performers at the 2020/21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Australia. He returned with most wickets for the visiting team, finishing with 13 scalps.
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