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Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds also clashed in the 2008 Sydney Test. Symonds accused Harbhajan of calling him a monkey.
Team India’s relationship with the Sydney Cricket Ground has been very deep. This year where there was a dispute over 5 players breaking the Corona protocol before the Sydney Test. At the same time, even before, many such small disputes have been associated. Who can forget the Australian tour of 2008 done by the Indian team.
The Monkeygate scandal caught a lot of light on this tour. Former cricketer VVS Laxman said that Team India lost in the Sydney Test in 2008 due to poor umpiring. At the same time, for the Monkeygate controversy, spinner Harbhajan Singh was also banned for 1 match.
Sydney Test and Monkeygate Scandal
Speaking to Star Sports, Laxman said that India had a chance to win the Sydney Test. He said, ‘I would not call it the arrogance of Australian players. After winning the Melbourne Test in 2008 we had a good chance of winning in Sydney as well. I know the Sydney Test will be known for the Monkeygate scandal, but we could have won that test.
The umpire did not give out 2-3 times to Symonds
Laxman said, ‘In the first innings, we easily dropped Australia’s early wickets. The Australian team was under pressure. Andrew Symonds was then dismissed 2–3 times, but the umpire did not dismiss him. I can never forget the way RP Singh caught Symonds out.
Bad umpiring of Steve Buckner and Mark Benson
Laxman said, “There was a sound of ball in Symonds’ bat, which was rejected by umpires Steve Buckner and Mark Benson.” The result was that Symonds scored a century. The way Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid were dismissed on the last day of the Test was sad.
The matter was out of control
On the Monkeygate dispute, Laxman said that the matter had gone out of control. He said, ‘At one time we had decided to skip the Test series. Anil Kumble was behaving like a diplomat. I think the BCCI took the right decision and the series continued.
Australia defeated India by 122 runs
Australia defeated India by 122 runs in this match played in 2008. Australia scored 463 runs in the first innings thanks to Symonds’ 162 runs. In response, the Indian team scored 532 runs in the first innings thanks to the centuries of Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar and took a 69-run lead over Australia.
In the second innings, Australia declared the innings by scoring 401 runs for 7 wickets. The Indian team was all out for 210 to chase a target of 332 runs.
Harbhajan-Symonds controversy caught fire
Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds also clashed in this test. Symonds had alleged that Harbhajan called him a monkey. The matter grew so much that the team started thinking about boycotting the India tour. Sachin Tendulkar has also mentioned this controversy in his autobiography ‘Playing it my way’.