Irfan Pathan, the former Indian all-rounder, has revived the Monkeygate scandal during India’s tour of Australia 2007-08 when Harbhajan Singh was spotted abusing Australian player, Andrew Symonds.
He discussed that the Australia media is ruthless and they speak negative things about the guests. He said that they don’t show any kind gestures on the visiting teams. Reviving India’s 2007-08 tour of Australia, Irfan Pathan has termed the tour as they were playing with fire.
‘Australian media is ruthless’, Irfan Pathan reviving when Harbhajan abused Andrew Symonds
“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.
He discussed how Harbhajan was banned after abusing on the field and they hired at least a cameraman to follow Harbhajan Singh. Terming that as the hardest times, the Indian player told their manager even did not let them out of their hotel in order to stay away from the media.
“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.
Irfan maintained team decided to stay there to play and win the test again Australia in order to defeat them although the team’s morale was down.
“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.