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Saturday, 15 December 2018

'I started drinking way too much': Symonds


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Ten years on from the infamous ‘Monkygate’ saga, Andrew Symonds has reflected on the racially charged moment that he believes sent him on a downwards spiral toward an unceremonious end to his Test career.

The Australian all-rounder was allegedly racially abused by Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh during a heated Test match in 2008, in a highly-publicised moment that rocked international cricket.

Symonds identified the moment as the point his career took a turn for the worse as he started drinking “way too much” in the fallout from the scandal.

“I suppose this would be the moment where my whole persona to cricket changed. I didn’t realise the politics, the power, the money until this moment in my career,” Symonds said in Fox Cricket documentary Monkeygate — Ten Years On to be aired.

Andrew Symonds

“I didn’t realise how powerful one player, one incident, how much money was at stake and the ramifications.”

“I started drinking way too much and my cricket, my mindset — I started to go downhill, I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind.”

To this day the Australian team maintain Harbhajan called Symonds a “monkey” in the midst of his 129-run partnership with Sachin Tendulkar at the SCG. The Spinner insists he used the Hindi slur ‘teri maa ki’

He is also accused of using the same slur during and ODI prior to the scandal.

Andrew Symonds

Harbhajan ultimately had his three-Test ban overturned by Justice John Hansesn after the Board of Control for Cricket in India threatened to withdraw from the series, sending Cricket Australia into damage control.

Symonds was jaded by the system and felt responsible for close friends Matthew Hayden, Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke stepping up as witnesses.

“I went downhill pretty fast after this because I felt responsible for four of my mates, close mates, that I dragged into this whole situation and it beared very heavily on me,” he said.

Andrew Symonds

he next year, Symonds was playing his final Test for Australia aged 33.

Symonds claims a tear-filled Harbhajan apologised three-years later behind closed doors.

The pair would unite years later in the Indian Permier League with Symonds labelling it an opportunity to “bury the hatchet”.

Ten years on from the infamous ‘Monkygate’ saga, Andrew Symonds has reflected on the racially charged moment that he believes sent him on a downwards spiral toward an unceremonious end to his Test career.

The Australian all-rounder was allegedly racially abused by Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh during a heated Test match in 2008, in a highly-publicised moment that rocked international cricket.

Symonds identified the moment as the point his career took a turn for the worse as he started drinking “way too much” in the fallout from the scandal.

“I suppose this would be the moment where my whole persona to cricket changed. I didn’t realise the politics, the power, the money until this moment in my career,” Symonds said in Fox Cricket documentary Monkeygate — Ten Years On to be aired.

Andrew Symonds

“I didn’t realise how powerful one player, one incident, how much money was at stake and the ramifications.”

“I started drinking way too much and my cricket, my mindset — I started to go downhill, I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind.”

To this day the Australian team maintain Harbhajan called Symonds a “monkey” in the midst of his 129-run partnership with Sachin Tendulkar at the SCG. The Spinner insists he used the Hindi slur ‘teri maa ki’

He is also accused of using the same slur during and ODI prior to the scandal.

Andrew Symonds

Harbhajan ultimately had his three-Test ban overturned by Justice John Hansesn after the Board of Control for Cricket in India threatened to withdraw from the series, sending Cricket Australia into damage control.

Symonds was jaded by the system and felt responsible for close friends Matthew Hayden, Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke stepping up as witnesses.

“I went downhill pretty fast after this because I felt responsible for four of my mates, close mates, that I dragged into this whole situation and it beared very heavily on me,” he said.

Andrew Symonds

he next year, Symonds was playing his final Test for Australia aged 33.

Symonds claims a tear-filled Harbhajan apologised three-years later behind closed doors.

The pair would unite years later in the Indian Permier League with Symonds labelling it an opportunity to “bury the hatchet”.

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