On Thursday, Mohammed Siraj reveals that, after some players were on the receiving end of racial abuse. It was from the crowd during the Sydney Test in Australia. That the on-field umpires had given India the option to leave the game. Stand-in Captain Ajinkya Rahane, however, declined to do so. Siraj, who landed in Hyderabad today, spoke after visiting his father’s grave with reporters. “The umpires had said we can leave the game and go if we are upset with the racist comments, but (Ajinkya) Rahane said ‘why should we leave the game, we respect the game and we are here to play’,” Mohammed Siraj said.

Mohammed Siraj

The fast bowler, who finished as India’s highest wicket taker in the Test series, added, ‘The incident made me mentally stronger, and I am glad that I didn’t let it affect my game.’

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On Day Four of the Third Test, Siraj called for ethnic violence at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Quick bowler Jasprit Bumrah was also the target with racial slurs alongside Siraj. 

After Mohammed Siraj protested to the on-field umpires, a part of the crowd was ejected from the SCG.

The incident drew strong criticism from the players and cricket boards, praising the measures taken by ground authorities by the International Cricket Council.

In our sport, there is no place for discrimination. We are extremely disappointed that a small minority of fans can believe that this abhorrent behaviour is acceptable. We have a comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Policy in place that members must comply with. Also ensure that fans comply with it. We welcome the action taken today by ground authorities and Cricket Australia.

Mohammed Siraj completed the series in the fourth Test in Brisbane with 13 wickets, including a maiden five-wicket-haul, as India won a thrilling contest at The Gabba to take the 2-1 Border-Gavaskar series.