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Gilchrist apologises to India bowlers Saini and Siraj after commentary slip-up

by Wisden Staff 2-minute read

Adam Gilchrist, the former Australia wicketkeeper, has apologised to Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini after mixing them up on air while addressing the former’s recent bereavement.

Siraj, the India pacer, decided to remain with the team in Australia despite his father passing away back in India last week. While on air during the match, Gilchrist was referencing that, but mistakenly suggested it was Saini who was bereaved.

The faux pas was immediately picked up on social media, with Indian fans particularly shocked. Many of them lamented the perceived lack of “homework” done by the commentators.

In fact, it wasn’t just the fans. Even Mitchell McClenaghan, the New Zealand pacer, took to Twitter to point out the mistake, tagging Australia broadcasters Fox Cricket.

Gilchrist, for his part, quickly apologised to both Saini and Siraj as soon as he was alerted on Twitter, acknowledging he made a mistake.

He was commended for his quick acknowledgement.

India suffered a huge 66-run loss in the first ODI against Australia, with the home side posting a mammoth 375-run target that India fell well short of despite half-centuries from Hardik Pandya and Shikhar Dhawan.

The second ODI will be played in Sydney on Sunday.

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