The off-spinner also said that the Australian crowd has made comments about his colour and religion in the past.
Harbhajan’s remarks came as the Indian team on Saturday lodged an official complaint after the crowd at the SCG racially abused Bumrah and Siraj over the second and third day of the ongoing Pink Test.
I personally have heard many things on the field while playing in Australia about Me My religion My colour and much… https://t.co/gYgtoZ05Ha
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) 1610255763000
The crowd did not stop on day four of the ongoing Pink Test as Siraj along with India skipper Ajinkya Rahane had a word with umpire Paul Reiffel regarding the unruly behaviour of the crowd. Visuals on television indicated that there were some words spoken for Siraj who was fielding near the boundary rope. Both the umpires then had a word with each other and the police then asked a group of men to leave the stand.
Other current and former cricketers also condemned the unruly incident that took place on Day 4.
Tum karo toh Sarcasm , aur koi Kare toh Racism .Very unfortunate with what some of the Australian crowd has been d… https://t.co/sRoqoF5KGY
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) 1610252390000
Very unfortunate to see what’s happening at SCG. There is no place for this rubbish. Never understood the need to y… https://t.co/Tnhf1NvhFu
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) 1610251537000
Unacceptable behaviour there is no place for racism, I hope this is dealt in the most severe way. #AUSvIND
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) 1610251693000
Com’on spectators, we can all do better. The game of cricket is about celebrating EVERYONE and not abusing.… https://t.co/dj2PiF0A5S
— Shikha Pandey (@shikhashauny) 1610252021000
Just saying. 🙂 #AUSvIND https://t.co/uKwqUyMY7D
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) 1610252173000
I hope the spectators evicted from the SCG today aren’t allowed in to a ground at anytime. They tarnish our sport a… https://t.co/J1VUil72AU
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 1610252967000
“It’s so bad to see this, we have always greeted them nicely in India and IPL It should not happen,” Raina told ANI.
Sean Carroll, Cricket Australia‘s Head of Integrity and Security later on Sunday said that strict action will be taken against the section of fans who hurled racial slurs at Indian pacers Mohammad Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah.
“Cricket Australia condemns in the strongest terms possible all discriminatory behaviour. If you engage in racist abuse, you are not welcome in Australian cricket,” said Carroll, Cricket Australia’s Head of Integrity and Security in an official release.
“CA is awaiting the outcome of the International Cricket Council‘s investigation into the matter reported at the SCG on Saturday. Once those responsible are identified, CA will take the strongest measures possible under our Anti-Harassment Code, including lengthy bans, further sanctions and referral to NSW Police. As series hosts, we unreservedly apologise to our friends in the Indian cricket team and assure them we will prosecute the matter to its fullest extent,” he added.
India has been set a target of 407 to win the third Test at the SCG.