Irfan Pathan, the former Indian all-rounder, has revived the moment from India’s tour of Australia 2007-08 when Indian bowler, Harbhajan Singh, abused Andrew Symonds.
He thinks that the Australian media is ruthless as they do not treat the guests with kind gestures. Irfan has praised Indian media that knows how to treat their guests and welcoming them nicely.
‘Australian media is ruthless’, Irfan Pathan reviving when Harbhajan abused Andrew Symonds
Reviving the MonkeyGate scandal, he maintains how Harbhajan was banned later and even the cameraman was hired to follow him. The team was restricted by their manager to stay in the hotel, however, later, India decided to play the game against Australia although, their morale was down, and lifted the winner’s trophy.
“Our media behaves well with our guests, but the Australian media is ruthless, they just talk about negatives things on the touring team, they make it feel like we are playing in fire. They got ‘Monkeygate scandal’ to cover at that time,” Irfan told to Sports Tak on Instagram Live.
“At least one cameraman will always be designated behind Harbhajan. But Kumble handled the situation very well, it was one of the hardest times for us, even our manager didn’t let us step outside our hotel just to stay away from media,” he stated.
“We played a practice game at Canberra and we did team meeting, that was the time, we decided not to go back to India. We also decided to give our best to defeat Australia in Perth. Many thought our morale was down but we did very well. That Test will be remembered forever because of the way we won after the fiasco. Winning MOM award will always stay close to my heart,” he added.