Darren Sammy is making the current headlines in the Indian cricket scene, after he claimed that he had faced racial abuse during his days with the Indian Premier league franchise ‘Sunrisers Hyderabad.’ The veteran West Indies cricketer said that he and Thisara Perera were called ‘kalu’ by his SRH teammates, without taking any names. While his former IPL teammates Irfan Pathan, Parthiv Patel and Venugopal Rao all said that they were unaware of such incident, Sammy’s allegation has gained pace after the netizens dug up into Ishant Sharma’s social media history, which has the word ‘kalu’ referring to Sammy!
Both Sammy and Ishant Sharma shared the Sunrisers dressing room in the 2013 and 2014 IPL seasons, and an old Instagram post from 2014 is a proof that Sammy’s claim is indeed true.
Ishant uploaded a group selfie along with Sammy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and South African pacer Dale Steyn. with the caption: “Me, bhuvi, kaluu and gun sunrisers”
In addition to that, a tweet made by Sammy from 2014, which was a birthday wish to former Indian batsman VVS Laxman, also had the word ‘kalu’ in it.
“Happy birthday @VVSLaxman281 May God continue to bless you. #bestdresser oh remember dark kalu. 😂😂😂” Sammy had tweeted.
— Daren Sammy (@darensammy88) November 1, 2014
On Monday, Sammy had revealed that a number of SRH teammates used to call him by that name during his spell with the franchise. While he was unaware of what the word ‘kalu’ meant, Sammy said that he thought it to be “like a strong stallion or whatever.”
Earlier today, the 36 year old shared a clip on Instagram, where he spoke about the matter, and while not taking any names, the Saint Lucian bowling all rounder said that he will be contacting those teammates.
“…so after I found out a meaning of a certain word, I had said I was angry on finding out the meaning and it was degrading, instantly I remembered when I played for SunRisers Hyderabad, I was being called exactly the same word which is degrading to us black people,” Sammy said in the video.
“I will be messaging those people, you guys know who you are, I must admit at that time when I was being called as that word I thought the word meant strong stallion or whatever it is, I did not know what it meant, every time I was called with that word, there was laughter at that moment, I thought teammates are laughing so it must be something funny,” he added.