This tour of India under the captaincy of Anil Kumble was the most controversial, Harbhajan Singh had to pay a fine.
New Delhi. Former captain of the Indian cricket team Anil Kumble said withdrawing from Australia tour of 2007-08 after the controversial Sydney Test could have been an 'acceptable' option, but his team tried to set an example by winning the remaining matches under adverse conditions. Of. The controversial 'Monkeygate' episode took place in the Sydney Test played in January 2008 , in which off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was banned for three matches by the ICC (International Cricket Council) on charges of racial misconduct with Andrew Symonds. India appealed against this decision and there was a discussion about exiting the tour. Harbhajan was eventually released after New Zealand High Court Judge John Hansen fined 50 percent of the match fee.
Kumble told Indian off-spinner R Ashwin on his YouTube channel 'DRS with Ash', "As a captain you are usually ready to take decisions on the field." Here I had to face some things that were off the field and had to be decided in the interest of the game. "Kumble, who took 619 Test wickets in 132 matches for the country, said that he felt that the ICC had The 'wrong' decision was taken against Harbhajan. The 49-year-old former captain said, "We obviously had to be together as a team." At that time there was talk of leaving the tour in the middle and returning the team. But after doing this, people feel that the Indian team must have done something wrong, so they came back and came back. ”The level of umpiring was also poor in this tour. Recently umpire Steve Buckner also admitted he had made a mistake in the series.
India won the third Test played in Perth by 72 runs after losing the first Test by 337 while the second Test by 122 runs. It was the fourth Test draw played in Adelaide. Kumble said, "As a captain or a team you go to win the series. Unfortunately the results of the first two Tests were not in our favor but we had the chance to equalize the series by winning the remaining two matches. " I suffered defeat and drew five matches.