Former India cricketer VVS Laxman has opened up on the infamous-monkey gate scandal that occurred during India’s tour of Australia 2007-08.
“I was the one who suggested we should go back home immediately because it was clear it was one-sided and it was not fair but Anil showed great leadership qualities and managed everything,” said Laxman during a promotional event held at Delhi for his book ‘281 and Beyond’.
The four-match Test series which were held at Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, and Adelaide with the touring Indian lineup registering a 2-1 loss at the hands of the Australian unit.
However, more than the series defeat, it was the scandal that rose up during the second Test at Sydney which turned the matters sour for both units in the ongoing duels. Not to forget the poor umpiring decisions that fueled the tensions between both the cricketing nations. In fact, India was on the verge of abandoning the tour, luckily ICC intervened and solved the matter.
“Perth win mattered for what happened at Syndey. We as a team felt that we were let down by the umpires, there were a lot of atrocious decision given against us, and we lost that matches, so it was important for us to win at Perth,” said Laxman on account of India’s victory in the third Test at Perth following the game at Sydney.
There were a lot of negative emotions and frustrations in me, says VVS Laxman
The veteran of 134 Tests and 8,781 runs underwent a series of mixed emotions after their disastrous tour of Australia in 2011-12, wherein they lost the Test series by a margin of 0-4.
“There was a lot of frustration and negative emotions in me especially after losing 0-4 in Australia because it was my dream to retire high and I was not able to achieve that and I was shattered,” stated the 44-year-old.