A decade on from the ugly incident in the 2008 Sydney Test, where Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh was accused of calling Australian all-rounder Symonds a ‘monkey’ the Australian said they emotionally called a truce three years later. Harbhajan Singh ‘broke down crying’ when he finally made up with Andrew Symonds after the infamous ‘monkeygate’ scandal had sent the Australian all-rounder into a downward spiral, he revealed on Sunday.
“We go to a very wealthy man’s place for a barbecue, drinks and dinner one night and the whole team’s there and he had guests there, and Harbhajan said ‘mate, can I speak to you for a minute out in the garden out the front’,” Symonds told Fox Sports. “He goes, ‘look, I’ve got to say sorry to you for what I did to you in Sydney. I apologise, I hope I didn’t cause you, your family, your friends too much harm and I really apologise for what I said, I shouldn’t have said it’. “And he actually broke down crying, and I could just see that was a huge weight off his shoulders, he had to get rid of it. We shook hands and I gave him a hug and said: ‘Mate, it’s all good. It’s dealt with’.”
“I suppose this would be the moment where my whole persona to cricket changed,” Symonds, who is commentating on India’s current tour of Australia, said of ‘monkeygate’ incident. “I didn’t realise how powerful one player, one incident, how much money was at stake and the ramifications.”
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17 November, 2019