Match referees are being biased against Indian players, says Sunil Gavaskar

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“There is a general belief that because the Indian players are rich and spoilt, they deserve to be put in their place”

Legendary India batsman Sunil Gavaskar has announced that he believes International Cricket Council (ICC) match referees are being biased against Indian players nowadays since they are “rich and spoilt”.

Gavaskar’s comments come just three days ahead of the first Test between India and South Africa in Johannesburg.

“There is a general belief that because the Indian players are rich and spoilt, they deserve to be put in their place and fining them won’t make much of a difference to their pockets,” Gavaskar wrote in a newspaper column.

Using an example from the ongoing Ashes series, Gavaskar added: “In Australia, when two players collided, the match referee decided it was not deliberate and let them of. But, having seen the way players from the subcontinent, especially players from India are treated for exactly the same transgression, the different standards are clear.”

Gavaskar also defended pace bowler Ishant Sharma’s comments about South African opening batsman Quinton de Kock being “quite lucky” to become only the fifth batsman in ODI history to score three centuries in a row.

“If the same sort of opinion had been delivered by a South African or an Australian bowler about an Indian batsman, then it would have been called being combative, spirited and what not,” he said.

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