Edited By Tarun Vats | IANS | Updated: 01 Aug 2020, 06:46:00 PM IST
- In 2008, the 'Monkeygate scandal' soured the relations of the two superpowers of cricket.
- Harbhajan and Andrew Symonds involved in 'Monkeygate' case during Indo-Australia series
- Anil Kumble said – as a captain you have to take decisions on the field
- Kumble said that Harbhajan's mistake was also in the case, many people were believing this in the dressing room
India's great spinner Anil Kumble has recalled the 'Monkeygate scandal' on the 2008 tour of Australia that soured the two superpowers of cricket. On that Australia tour of India, the Sydney Test match was in the news due to incorrect news. While the match is also known for the umpiring mistakes, the big news came from the 'Monkeygate' case involving Harbhajan and Andrew Symonds.
There was also a hearing on the dispute between Symonds and Harbhajan after which Harbhajan was banned. Kumble, the captain of the Indian team at that time, now recalling the entire matter said that it was also Harbhajan's mistake and many in the dressing room were believing this.
Kumble said on the YouTube show of the Test team off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, “As a captain you have to take decisions on the field. I had faced something that was outside the field, I had to take a decision in the interest of the game. '
He said, “One of our players was banned for three matches for racist remarks. The same decision was given and then we appealed. I thought he was wrong. We definitely had to be together as a team, but the challenge was that there was a discussion that the team wanted to go back, the team wanted to leave the tour in the middle. '
The former captain said, 'You know then people would say that the Indian team was wrong so it came back.' And it helped achieve positive results in the last two matches of the series.
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The former coach of Team India said, “As a captain, as a team we went there to win the series. Unfortunately the results of the first two matches were not in our favor so the best result of the series could have been a draw for us. I was lucky to have two senior players with me in the senior team. 'India lost the third match played in Perth after losing the opening two matches, but Australia lost the series 2–2 as the fourth match was drawn. Won 1.
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