The crowd in Australia have been infamous in the past and the story continues in the ongoing test series against India. Mohammad Siraj, playing his debut test series for India lodged a complain alongside Jasprit Bumrah against the vocal Aussie fans for making racist comments in the third test of the series at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
Before the start of final test at the bouncy track of Gabba in Brisbane, Australian captain Tim Paine had pleaded the crowd for keeping their abuses out of the stadium but it seems that the local crowd didn’t got influenced by the words of their captain.
Reports suggests that there were some things said on first day of the fourth and the final Test of the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21. Sydney Morning Herald reported that Siraj faced racist remarks from the fans again. An onlooker from section 215 and 216 at the Gabba has revealed that a section of the crowd from that area was continuously referring to Siraj as ‘grub’. However, a part of the crowd showed their solace towards the pacer from Hyderabad.
Washington Sundar, who made his test debut replacing R Ashwin in the Brisbane test and picked the all important wicket of Steve Smith was also targeted by the spectators by foul comments.
“The guys behind me have been calling – shouting – both Washington and Siraj grubs,” a fan named Kate was quoted by the Sydney Morning Herald.
“It started targeted at Siraj and it was a chant similar to the SCG one (in which fans sang to the tune of Que Sera, Sera but substituted the lyrics with Que Shiraz, Shiraz). 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,” the fan added.
Mohammed Siraj was labelled a “bloody grub” by members of the Gabba crowd less than a week after the abuse allegations which marred the Sydney Test
— Sam Phillips (@samphillips06) January 15, 2021