Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has again reopened the ‘monkeygate’ wounds as in a recent interaction he made a revelation about the incident being the lowest of his captaincy career.
The Tasmanian who had other low points in his career like being the first Australian captain to lose an Ashes series after in 19 years (2005 Ashes series) and also the Australian captain to lose an Ashes at home in 25 years (2010-11 Ashes series) still put the scandal in Sydney as the lowest point as a skipper.
Ponting said that while in those Ashes series that they lost, he was in full control and the results in a game can go either way, he just felt that things weren’t in his control when the Harbhajan-Symonds incident happened.
The scandal which blew up and almost became a diplomatic issue between the two cricket crazy nations effectively was the beginning of the end of Symonds’ career as a cricketer and he never quite recovered from that.
Harbhajan was eventually cleared from all charges and that resulted in the Australian team losing a bit of faith in their board. They were clearly not in the right frame of mind and the after effects were clearly visible in their on field performance in the next test that took place in Perth. The Perth test match against any sub continent team is usually a cakewalk for any Australian team but they happened to lose that game. Of course it also had to do with an amazing performance by India, but keen followers of the game felt that the Kangaroos were mentally a bit off in that Test match.