Australian former cricketer and captain,Ricky Ponting, has dug out the unforgettable ‘monkeygate scandal’ In his memoirs — titled ‘The Close of Play’ –where he said he didn’t understand why Sachin Tendulkar vouched for Harbhajan Singh during the appeal hearing but did not say anything when match referee Mike Procter initially suspended the spinner for passing allegedly racial comments at the Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds.Harbhajan was accused of calling Symonds a monkey during the 2008 Sydney Test and was suspended for three Tests.Interestingly,Bhajji aka Harbhajan was cleared in an appeal hearing, conducted by Justice John Hansen from New Zealand, in which Tendulkar appeared as a witness and gave a statement in favour of Harbhajan.
Just a thought- Is it a norm that after finishing cricketing career, a cricketer has to write about his experiences? And to add on,he has to talk specifically about some controversial on-field incidents of the past?
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Australian Cricketer,Ricky Ponting,the only batsman who could compete with Sachin Tendulkar,in terms of records,has declared his retirement from International Cricket,leaving behind a debate if its high time even Sachin should retire due to his age and continued failure to deliver !