The third Test match between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground witnessed a series of racial slurs from some individuals in the crowd at the Indian fast bowler, Mohammed Siraj. On Day 4, six people from the crowd were evicted from the SCG after they called Siraj a ‘brown dog’.
A cricket fan, Krishna Kumar, who had witnessed some of the similar incidents at the stadium on Day 2, 3, and 5 of the Sydney Test detailed what happened on Day 3 when the Indian team had filed an official complaint of racial slurs hurled at some of its players.
The Indian fan said, “Was really shocked to see the ugly side of racism on Day 3, and I have seen a lot of reports that some of the spectators were drunk and that could be the reason. With any form of racism, there should be no excuse attached to it, and it all began not at 4-5 pm (as some media reports have said), but at 10:30 am. So, this was not just under the influence of alcohol. At 10:30 am I don’t expect people to be drunk.”
During a recent chat on Sports Today as per the quotes in India Today, Krishna Kumar said, “On Saturday, starting from 10:30, there were chants of ‘s*****s, s*****s, s*****s going around’. Rahane was batting at the time, and their chants such as ‘Rahane is a s****r, all Indians are s*****s’. This is the first time I was really seeing something like this. I have never faced something like this and to me it was appalling.”
He further added, “I turned around and it was a group of 5-6 guys, aged 19-23, young guys who were having a good time and thought that this was really funny. I tried to have some eye contact to let them know that it was not cool, but you know, they just continued. ‘All Indians are s*****s’ they continued to say.”