The 2007-08 India’s tour of Australia was an especially controversial one. The Indian and Australian had been at loggerheads repeatedly all through the collection with a number of contentious umpiring selections including gas to the hearth.Then the notorious Sydney Take a look at of January 2008 occurred which even gave the opportunity of derailment of the entire collection. It had the Monkeygate scandal the place off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was handed a three-match ban by the ICC for allegedly racially abusing Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds.
The speak of Indian workforce pulling out of the 2007-08 Australia Tour began dominating the headlines. However India captain Anil Kumble determined towards the choice. India ultimately appealed towards the choice and Harbhajan was ultimately let off with a wonderful of 50 per cent of his match charges by New Zealand Excessive Court docket choose John Hansen.
Kumble revealed in a dialog with R Ashwin that pulling out of the 2007-08 Australia Tour following the controversial Sydney Take a look at might have been an “acceptable” choice however his facet continued the collection to set an instance by profitable the remaining matches in making an attempt circumstances.
“You realize as a captain you’re usually tuned to take selections on the sector. Right here I used to be confronted with one thing, which was off the sector, to take a choice within the bigger curiosity of the sport,” the legendary spinner instructed R Ashwin in his Youtube present ‘DRS with Ash’.
The 49-year-old Kumble, the nation’s highest Take a look at wicket-taker with 619 scalps from 132 matches, additionally made it clear that he felt Harbhajan was “wronged” by the choice of the ICC.
“We needed to clearly be collectively as a workforce however the problem was that there was quite a lot of speak concerning the workforce wanting to return again at that time limit, and depart the tour and are available again. Sure, you realize, most likely (individuals) would have accepted that the Indian workforce was wronged and that’s why they got here again.”
There have been additionally fairly just a few poor umpiring selections, specifically within the Sydney Take a look at which went towards India. Umpire Steve Bucknor, who was officiating the Take a look at, lately accepted the errors.
India had misplaced the primary Take a look at by 337 runs and second Take a look at by 122 runs however went on to win the third Take a look at by 72 runs in Perth and the fourth and ultimate Take a look at in Adelaide led to a draw.
Kumble mentioned: “I feel as a captain, or as a workforce, we had gone there to win the collection. Sadly, with the primary two outcomes not going our means, one of the best consequence might have been a drawn collection as a result of two extra Take a look at matches remained and I simply needed to rally across the workforce.
“We obtained round as a unit after which we type of took a choice to proceed and guarantee that we go on and win the following couple of matches as a result of that may be one of the best message that we may give again our followers.”
Kumble had led India in 14 Checks, profitable three, shedding six and drawing 5 instances after taking on the reigns from Rahul Dravid in 2007. He’s the world’s all time third highest Take a look at wicket-taker in an illustrious profession between 1990 and 2008.
(with PTI inputs)