Oz media targets Sachin,"Monkey-gate" in focus

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Published: Monday, January 2, 2012, 12:42 [IST]
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Aussie media plays monkey-game again

Sydney, Jan 2: Monkey-gate scandal that made waves a couple of years ago, is back in focus as Aussie media, targets Sachin Tendulkar. Aussie media has started playing mind games with the master blaster ahead of the second Test at Sydney starting on Jan 3, Tuesday. Aussie media has accused Sachin Tendulkar of not coming clean on the Harbhajan-Symonds 'Monkey-gate" scandal, years after it was buried and forgotten.

“The stage may be set at the SCG for Sachin Tendulkar's finest hour but it is also the venue where his deepest shame was born. Some recent Australian players have not forgiven his role in the Andrew Symonds 'Monkeygate" scandal," wrote Herald Sun website.

The famous website also added, “But despite the unparalleled greatness of his achievements, some Australians lost respect for him when he gave completely different accounts of what took place as a key witness in the Harbhajan Singh-Andrew Symonds racism meltdown".

Similarly, Former Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist, in his book "True Colors" had written about Sachin. Announcing his retirement after the 2007-08 series, was furious and termed the appeal as a "joke".

"Tendulkar, who'd said at the first hearing that he hadn't been able to hear what Harbhajan had said - and he was a fair way away, up the other end, so I'm certain he was telling the truth - now supported Harbhajan's version that he hadn't called Symo a 'monkey' but instead a Hindi term of abuse that might sound like 'monkey' to Australian ears," Gilchrist wrote.

Now, with the focus back on Monkey-gate scandal, that disturbed Indians a couple of years ago, Aussie media has targetted Sachin Tendulkar who is currently in great form, on the verge of completing the historic feat of 100 international hundreds at one of his favorite grounds here at Sydney by playing mind games. With a phenomenal record at this ground, his 100th ton is back in focus. Though the master blaster is in great form, it remains to be seen if has shed his nervous 90 syndrome.


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