Australia A skipper Usman Khawaja has claimed that India A wicket-keeper Sanju Samson has allegedly spit on the face of one of the Aussie player during the finals of triangular series between both the teams and South Africa at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The problem started when Samson claimed a catch during the Australian innings which the batsman believed that it was not-out. A heated exchanged ensued between the players, which carried on till Samson came on to bat in a tricky chase. Khawaja, who-top scored for his side with 76, was not happy with Samson’s way of retaliation.
Obviously, the guys in our team were disappointed that he claimed he had taken the catch. Today he spit in front of our players foot three times. If you do that the boys are going to get worked up and the umpires were not understanding it. We did try to calm the boys, but they were just went on and on. I am happy if the batsmen happen to talk back but spitting is not on. He spit on one of our players when he came on to the field, one of the players had said something to him. I understand that. If one of our player said something to him, he can say something back but not spitting. It happened during his batting innings, a dejected Khawaja said in the post-match conference.
Khawaja though is not keen on taking the matter further and praised India for their showing. Gurkeerat Singh, who was awarded the Player of the match for his 2-42 and 87 not out wanted to ignore the matter and said that sledging is Australia’s style of play.
Actually I didn’t even know. They were just talking and I did not hear. I have no idea about that. I think it their style of play and we have a different style of play and we should not get distracted on somebody saying something, he said.