Controversies and Umpiring mistakes on the field left 2008 Sydney Test in a ‘poor taste’ ,reveals Laxman

The ongoing Test series between India and Australia has reached at interesting stage after both teams have won 1-1 match out of four match series where two strong teams will lock horns against each other in Sydney on January 7th 2021. However Indian team would love to capitalize the momentum especially after winning last test match and would be eager to change their dismal record in Sydney as they haven’t won a test match at this ground since 1978. However they came close to winning the test match  in 2008.

Former Indian middle order batsman VVS Laxman recalled the incident and highlighted the reasons on why they lost 2008 Sydney Test match in detail.  As he admitted that the visitors lost the match due to bad umpiring and events that happened in the match were in “poor taste.”

However he feels that India has great chance to change this record  especially with the momentum they have gained after winning second Test match in Melbourne.

“I wouldn’t call it the Aussie arrogance. But I just feel after losing the Melbourne Test, we had a great chance of winning the Sydney Test match. Yes, it will be remembered more for the Monkeygate, but I thought we had a great chance of winning that Test match,” said Laxman on Star Sports’ Cricket Connected show.

“The bowlers, especially when we started bowling in the first innings took early wickets. Australia were under pressure, and then Andrew Symonds, I think he was out two or three times, and the umpires made huge blunders. I cannot ever forget the way I think, RP Singh got the nick of Symonds.

“There was a big sound, but the umpire ruled not out. Unfortunately, that led to Andrew Symonds getting a big hundred, and after that, what followed, especially on the last day, the way Sourav and Rahul were out, I think was in very poor taste,” added Laxman

  1. With Rohit Sharma back in side for third test match the visitors have strong chance to retain the ongoing border gavaskar trophy.