Indian bowler Mohammed Siraj reveals teammates turned down offer to walk off SCG amid racism row in Third Test

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VideoMohammed Siraj has been racially abused at the SCG with play stopped so NSW Police could investigate.

Indian paceman Mohammed Siraj has revealed his side turned down walking off the SCG when he and teammate Jasprit Bumrah say they were racially abused by members of the crowd.

Mohammed Siraj stops play to make a formal complaint to Umpire Paul Reiffel at the SCG.
Camera IconMohammed Siraj stops play to make a formal complaint to Umpire Paul Reiffel at the SCG. Credit: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

The Third Test was stopped for almost 10 minutes in stunning scenes as a distressed Siraj made a complaint to umpires Paul Reiffel and Paul Wilson.

Now Siraj has revealed the umpires offered to take both teams from the field.

“I faced abuses in Australia. The case is going on, let’s see whether I get justice or not. My job was to report the incident to the captain,” the 26-year-old said.

“The umpires offered us to leave the game but (stand-in skipper Ajinkya) Rahane said we won’t leave the game.

“We did no mistake, so we will play.”

Six men were ejected from the SCG with an investigation still underway into what was said.

There are reports Siraj was called a “brown dog” and a “big monkey”, but these are yet to be proven.

Siraj was instrumental for his side’s remarkable Border-Gavaskar Trophy victory, which ended in remarkable scenes at the Gabba.

Mohammed Siraj returned to India and went directly to his father’s grave.
Camera IconMohammed Siraj returned to India and went directly to his father’s grave. Credit: Mohammed Shafi

He took 13 wickets for the three Tests after his side’s bowling attack was decimated by injury.

Siraj was speaking from India, where he and his teammates have returned.

Photos have emerged of Siraj heading straight to his father’s grave in Hyderabad, after the paceman elected to remain in Australia with his teammates when his father passed on November 20.

While his teammates lapped up the acclaim for winning the series in Australia, Siraj drove straight from Hyderabad Airport to a burial ground to pay his respects.

“It was the most difficult time for me to be there at his burial place,” he said.

“I was just circling unknowingly, never thought would have go to through such a phase.”

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