Mumbai: Andrew Symonds, who retired from all forms of the game on Thursday, may have been one of the finest talents to emerge from Australia in recent years. But his assumption sparked off a huge row in 2008, which cricket lovers and media call Sydneygate or Monkeygate.
History has recorded that Harbhajan Singh allegedly racially abused Symonds during the Sydney Test of 2007-08. Symonds' teammate during that Test, Brett Lee, in his book My Life has indicated that the Queenslander may have assumed that Harbhajan had an argument with him (Lee) which led to Symonds giving the Indian, who was batting at the time, some lip service.
Here's what Lee writes in his autobiography published by Ebury Press: "I was in the second over of a new spell and wanted to try to unsettle Harbhajan. I'd already sniffed him a couple of times, and was being urged on by Symo (Symonds' nickname) saying, 'Come on, Binga, (Lee's nickname) let's have a wicket here.'