Ishant Sharma is still ‘like a brother’ to former West Indies captain Darren Sammy and he has no resentment or anger against this Indian fast bowler who used to call him racially objectionable during the Indian Premier League.
Sammy had alleged that he was often called ‘Kalu’ (black) during Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2014 and 2015 and that the word ‘racial’ was recently discovered.
The caption of a photo posted on Ishant Sharma’s official Instagram page used the term for the West Indies player and is also evidence of his allegation. Annoyed Sammy initially demanded an apology for this but later asked to have a soft talk.
In an interview conducted by his Caribbean Premier League franchise Saint Lucia Joux, Sammy said, “I have no resentment.” I spoke to Ishant Sharma. I still consider him brother like I used to believe playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2014-2015.
The former captain, a two-time T20 World Cup winner, made it clear that he has moved on in Ishant’s case but if anyone uses the term, he will not stop questioning it. He said, “But if I came to know that this racial word is being used for me again, whenever I know I will ask questions about it and I did so.” He said, ‘I talked and voiced it and I moved on from it.
These issues led to a conversation in the cricket world. I have no regrets talking about it. ‘
Sammy, who has played 232 international matches in the West Indies, has been very vocal against racism against black people.
He said, ‘I think my mother grew me up with this education. You should stand against the things you trust, whether it is being done unfairly against you or against your colleagues. This is not just a campaign because the lives of black people also matter. ‘
Sammy said, “Over the years, we are being racially discriminated against based on our colour. We have suffered a lot. ‘