Harbhajan Singh promises to reveal his side of story of the Monkeygate scandal
Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has said that he will soon reveal his side of the story of the infamous monkeygate controversy. The Monkeygate saga took place during the 2008 series in Australia. The veteran off-spinner was involved in an ugly argument with former Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds. Tension began to oscillate between the two teams when the captain Ricky Ponting took the matter to the on-field umpires and accused Harbhajan of racially abusing Symonds.
Indian players had to underdo judicial trials for the same. Harbhajan was found guilty of racially abusing Symonds and was handed a three-match ban by the match referee. The Indian team didn’t accept the charges and threatened to pull out of the tour after which the ban was revoked.
However, the 41-year-old was charged with a level 2.8 offence, and was fined 50% of the match fees. Harbhajan has now spoken about the unwanted controversy and said he will reveal his story in his autobiography. He said people should know the truth and what he underwent during the phase.
“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,” Harbhajan was quoted as saying on NDTV.
Harbhajan announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Friday (December 24). The 41-year-old ended his career as one of the country’s best spin bowlers. He picked up 417 wickets in 103 Test matches and ended up with 269 ODI wickets in 236 matches.