Former all-rounder of Australia, Andrew Symonds, gave his opinion on the monkey gate incident. He said that after the episode he became addicted to alcohol. In the Sydney Test of 2008 against India, Symonds alleged that Harbhajan Singh called him ‘monkey’.
Harbhajan Singh refuted all the allegations made by Symonds.
The situation got so out of hands of the official that India warned to walk home without completing the series.
Harbhajan was first banned for 3 matches but after persistent pressure from BCCI, the ban was removed. Recently, England’s allrounder Moeen Ali said that he was called Osama by an Aussie in 2015’s Ashes.
Symonds said, “I started consuming alcohol in higher quantities. I was feeling a lot of pressure. I should not have involved other Australian players into the case.”
Symonds played his last international in May 2009. He was sent home during the World T20 after violating several norms.
“Earlier, in India too Harbhajan has called me a monkey. I went into their dressing room and request to talk to him outside. He came outside and I told him to not call me such names, else this thing will go out of hands”, added the Aussie all-rounder.