New Delhi: Indian captain Virat Kohli on Monday lashed out at the Australian community for its racist remarks. Kohli’s response comes amid racial slurs against Indian pacers Jaspreet Bumrak and Mohammad Siraj.
“Racial abuse is unacceptable. All that was said near the boundary line was pathetic. All this is the peak of wickedness. “It’s sad to see this on the field,” Kohli tweeted.
In another tweet, Kohli called for strong action against the culprits. On Saturday, the third day of the Sydney Test, the cricketing world turned against the Australian spectators who chased down Indian pacers Mohammad Siraj and Jaspreet Bumra as ‘monkeys’, but their inner racism was once again exposed. Dramatic scenes unfolded on the ground just before Australia declared their innings on Sunday. The racism of a crowd erupted when Mohammad Siraj reached the deep square leg for fielding in the 86th over. Siraj complained to Captain Ajinkya Rahane after repeated calls for ‘Brown Dog, Big Monkey’.
Then all the team members ran away. The umpires and match officials who intervened in the matter decided to expel the spectators from the stadium. New South Wales police immediately arrested six people who entered the gallery. In addition to the police case, Cricket Australia has announced an investigation. Authorities said they would take strong action against the culprits.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has also condemned racism. “There is no place for discrimination in sports. The action of the small group of spectators is very sad. Cricket Australia will take action against the culprits on the basis of the investigation report, ”said ICC Chief Executive Manu Swahni.