‘Once an Aussie, always an Aussie!’ seems to be the motto of the Australian cricketers whenever they start writing their autobiographies.
‘Once an Aussie, always an Aussie!’ seems to be the motto of the Australian cricketers whenever they start writing their autobiographies. First it was Adam Gilchrist and the then the Australian skipper ,Ricky Ponting who has launched a scathing attack on his once rival and Mumbai Indian team mate, Sachin Tendulkar.
‘Punter’ in his memoirs titled ‘The Close of Play’ opened up on the famous ‘Monkeygate’ scandal that took place during the 2008 Australia tour. In the book, Ricky says that he didn’t understand why Tendulkar vouched for Harbhajan during the appeal hearing but did not say anything when match referee Mike Procter initially suspended the spinner for passing allegedly racial comments at the all-rounder Andrew Symonds.
Harbhajan Singh was accused of calling Andrew Symonds a ‘monkey’ during the 2008 Sydney Test and was suspended for three Tests. But he was cleared in an appeal hearing, conducted by Justice John Hansen from New Zealand in which Tendulkar appeared as a witness and gave a statement in favour of the Indian.
The Aussie batsman has now retired from all forms of cricket, but his ‘verbal attack’ on one of India’s finest batsman in his book, will surely not go down well with the Indian fans and especially Sachin himself!