India vs Australia 3rd Test Melbourne: India head coach Ravi Shastri has come down hard at Australian cricketer-turned commentator Kerry O’Keefe for his demeaning comments on debutant Mayank Agarwal. O’Keefe made some nasty comments about Mayank during the ongoing Boxing Day Test, the Aussie commentator had raised questions over the debutants First-Class triple hundred in India’s domestic circuit. During the post-day show discussing Pujara’s hundred, Shastri said, “He [Mayank] has got a message for Kerry… ‘when you do open your canteen, he wants to come and smell the coffee. He wants to compare it to the ones back in India…coffee here’s better or the ones back home’.”
“Mayank Agarwal…let’s not take it from him. We could have easily been three down for 80 and then it would have been a different ball game. He dug deep,” he added. The response made former Australian cricketer Shane Warne burst into a laughter.
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Earlier the Australian commentator said, “Apparently he got the triple against the Railways canteen staff.” He also added that the bowlers from the said team were “chefs and waiters”.
After this issue came to the forefront, O’Keefe issuing an apology said, “I was mentioning the runs Agarwal got in first-class cricket in India and there’s been a reaction. There was no way I was demeaning the standard, it was tongue in cheek. There are lots of runs scored so apologies if anyone out there took offence ”.
Meanwhile, Australia is reeling at 146/7 in the third day of the 3rd Test and are on the verge of facing a follow-on.