Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj was repeatedly labelled a ‘grub’ by a group of fans on Day 1 in Brisbane Test
The Cricket Australia officials had a nervous time on day one of the fourth Test.
Updated - Jan 15, 2021 3:21 pm
After the infamous incident of Indian players getting racist remarks from the people in the crowd at the Sydney Test, things became quite ugly. Mohammed Siraj, playing his first Test series, along with Jasprit Bumrah has lodged complaints against a few members of the crowd for making racist comments.
Before the Brisbane Test, Australian skipper Tim Paine, in a public statement, had requested the crowds at the Gabba to keep the abuse out of the park. However, reports coming in from Australia suggests that there were some things said on day one of the fourth and the final Test of the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21.
Siraj and Sundar face some harsh words from the crowds
According to the report from the Sydney Morning Herald, the young Indian pacer was targeted once again by the Australian crowds. A spectator 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’.
The report also said that some supporters in the crowd had shown sympathy towards the young pacer. Washington Sundar, who made his Test debut, replacing Ravichandran Ashwin was also facing the same kind of chatter from that section.
“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.”
A video was also shared by the journalist on Twitter who wrote the report on the entire incident.
Here is the video:
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
CA officials doing their best to ensure nothing abusive is said by the crowds
The Cricket Australia officials had a nervous time on day one of the fourth Test. They have been continuously monitoring the crowds and checking that nothing like Sydney is repeated. Siraj had called out six men who were targeting him with racial abuse at the SCG. The men were escorted away by the authorities after the play was temporarily stopped.