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India furious over O'Keeffe's remarks on Mayank


 

India head coach Ravi Shastri had delivered his riposte to O'Keeffe on day two, after Agarwal had scored a half-century on Test debut. "Mayank's got a message for Kerry," Shastri said. "When you do open your canteen, he wants to come and smell the coffee. And he wants to compare it to the ones back home in India. Is the coffee better here in your canteen, or the one back home?"

O'Keeffe apologised for those comments but stumbled again getting some backlash from his fellow commentators and fans for struggling to pronounce some of the India players' names, when he said this: "Why would you call your kid Cheteshwar Jadeja?" mixing the two names he had been struggling with from the beginning. It was accompanied by loud chuckles from the rest of the commentary box. O'Keeffe conceded that some of the fans may not be able to "relate to my sense of humour" and that what he meant is "vastly different" from what is being represented in the media. "I have been devastated by the reaction to my on-air comments on Fox Cricket during the recently completed Third Test between Australia and India. I am coming to terms with how negatively those words have been interpreted." O'Keeffe added that he had no intention to ridicule Indian players or the premier domestic tournament of the country. "I pride myself on doing extensive research before a match and when I stumbled over the names of Pujara and Jadeja on Day Four, I took a swipe at myself for getting them wrong," O'Keeffe added.

Notably, Captain Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah, who won the Man of the Match award for his nine-wicket match haul, talked up India's first-class cricket after the visitors crushed Australia by 137 runs. Virat Kohli attributed emergence of Jasprit Bumrah as a lethal pacer to India's "amazing domestic structure" in a subtle yet classy response to the uncharitable on-air comments made by former Australian cricketers Kerry O'Keefe and Mark Waugh. "Our first-class cricket is amazing, which is why we won. Credit must go to first-class set-up in India, which challenges our fast bowlers in India, and that helps them abroad," the Indian skipper said without taking names. Jasprit Bumrah said his experience of getting reverse swing. "When we play on similar wickets back home, the ball reverses. So you try to make the most of it. We were trying to use our experience in First-Class cricket where we have bowled with reverse-swinging balls. That was the plan,” he said. The mere fact that majority of the supporters at MCG was for India angered the locals triggering off racist chants against the Indian supporters. Whilethe Test has featured plenty of banter between the players, the comments and shouting in the stands was in bad taste showing you can give it but can’t take it. Some of the spectators in the infamous Bay 13 had to be evicted after they were heard making racist chants of "show us your visa".


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