‘That’s why they pay me big bucks’ – Kerry O’Keeffe trolls himself after wrongly predicting the outcome of a delivery
Kerry O'Keeffe was in the news for his comments during India's last tour Down Under.
Updated - Dec 8, 2020 12:21 pm
The first warm-up game between India A and Australia A concluded on Tuesday with the hosts dominating the proceedings on the final day. Wriddhiman Saha saved the day for the tourists who sensationally collapsed in the second innings. But the wicket-keeper batsman smashed an unbeaten half-century and his 10th wicket partnership with Kartik Tyagi saved the team from an embarrassment.
Rather the situation in the match was tricky at one stage with Australia A needing to score 131 runs to win in jut 15 overs. The commentators on air were excited to see if the openers of the home team would go bonkers from the first ball to chase down the target.
Former Australia cricketer Kerry O’Keeffe who was in the news for his controversial comments during India’s last tour Down Under was behind the mic. And he felt that Joe Burns’ eyes would lit up if Indian bowlers bowl anything wide with the new ball.
Joe Burns leaves his first ball
To chase the target, Will Pucovski and Joe Burns came out and the latter got the strike off the third ball of the over. This is when Kerry O’Keeffe said that anything wide from Umesh Yadav will lead to Burns slashing. However, when the ball was delivered which was indeed wide and outside the off-stump, the batsman shouldered his arms much in contrast to what Kerry had said.
Soon after that, he and his commentator colleague were left in splits as the 71-year-old reckoned the ball should’ve been smashed through the covers for a boundary. Kerry O’Keeffe actually felt that Australia A batsmen would go for the chase but as it turned out, they batted defensively and after Burns got out early, Pucovski concentrated on spending more time in the middle.
Here’s the video:
'That's why they pay me the big bucks.'
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 8, 2020
As far as the match is concerned, Wriddhiman Saha was the hero for India in saving the game. His unbeaten 54 propelled India A to 189/9 in 61 overs. He hung around for more than 13 overs with number 11 Kartik Tyagi which saved the day for India. For Australia A, Mark Steketee shone with the ball picking up five wickets while Michael Neser and Cameron Green plucked a couple each.