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‘It was something that was uncalled for’- Harbhajan Singh vows to reveal truth behind Monkeygate controversy

By BetBarter Staff

December 25, 2021

Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has promised to reveal the truth behind the infamous monkeygate scandal that took place in the 2008 series in Australia. The incident occurred during the third Test match in Sydney and at the forefront of it was Harbhajan and Andrew Symonds. The Australian all-rounder alleged the Indian off-spinner for racially abusing him. Skipper Ricky Ponting took the matters to the umpires about Harbhajan’s alleged misbehaviour towards Symonds.

India, who were already dejected after losing the Test to Australia by 112 runs, were forced to go through judicial trials. The match referee handed Harbhajan a three-match ban after which India threatened to pull out of the series. The ban was revoked but Harbhajan was fined 50% of the match fees.

Harbhajan, who maintained a grim silence on the issue for a long time has promised to reveal the truth soon.

“It was something that was uncalled for. Whatever happened during that day in Sydney shouldn’t have happened and also what it led to. It was really unnecessary. But forget about who said what. You and I both know the truth has two sides,” Harbhajan told, according to Cricket Next.

“No one cared about my side of the truth in the whole episode. No one cared what I went through in those few weeks and how I was mentally sinking. I have never extensively given my side of the story but people will know about it in my upcoming autobiography. What I went through shouldn’t have happened to anyone,” he added.

The veteran off-spinner recently decided to retire from all forms of cricket on Friday (December 24). Harbhajan has accomplished a lot on and off the field. His contribution was instrumental in India winning a lot of matches at home and abroad.