Harbhajan and Symonds had a fight on the field during the Sydney Test of 2008 in Australia.
Symonds alleged that Bhajji called him a monkey; Bhajji was banned for three tests; Remove later
Dainik Bhaskar Mar 18, 2020, 02:31 PM IST Sports Desk. According to Ricky Ponting, the Monkeygate controversy in the 2008 Sydney Test was the worst experience or phase of his captaincy. Actually, there was a debate between Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds in the Sydney Test 12 years ago. Symonds alleged that Harbhajan called him a monkey, a racial comment. The match referee banned Bhajji for three Tests. Team India threatened to cancel the tour, calling it unfair. Later the ICC intervened. Bhajji's ban removed. This incident is counted among the big controversies of cricket history.
Regrettably, the controversy lasted long after Ponting spoke openly on Monkeygate at an event on 'Sky Sports'. Said, “Monkeygate was the worst phase of my career as a captain. Earlier in 2005, we were the Ashes losers. Despite this, I had control over everything. But, when the Monkeygate episode was going on, I could not handle many things. One reason for this was that the case went on for a long time. After the Adelaide Test match, I used to go straight from the ground to meet Cricket Australia officials. ”
India showed the best game Ponting said, “We were under pressure after the monkeygate. The team wished that losing India in Perth would gain lost confidence. But, the situation worsened when India defeated us in this test. ” Please tell that after the Monkeygate dispute, Harbhajan and Symonds appeared before the ICC. The Indian spinner got a clean chit. However, Symonds' career did not last long. Under Ponting's captaincy, the Australian team lost the Ashes in 2005, 2009 and 2010-11.