Twitter hits back at Kerry O’Keefe for taking a sly dig at Mayank Agarwal
Agarwal's 76-run knock on debut was enough for Kerry to realise that his statement was wrong.
Published - Dec 26, 2018 4:28 pm | Updated - Dec 26, 2018 4:28 pm
Mayank Agarwal became the 295th cricketer for India in the whites today as he was handed over his international debut for the Boxing Day Test match. He stepped up to the task of facing the fiery Australian pacers in Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins and slammed a half-century in his maiden outing for the country. Agarwal went on to score 76 runs off 161 deliveries before Cummins strangled him down the leg-side.
But his knock kept India ahead in the game even as the middle-order capitalised and to end the day on a high at 215/2. However, while he was batting, the former Australian cricket Kerry O’Keefe who was commentating on-air insulted the debutant and also took an indirect dig over India’s first-class competition.
Questions Agarwals form in domestic cricket
Mayank Agarwal has done a lot of hard work to get into the national side. After consistent performances in the domestic circuit for a couple of years, the selectors had to finally pick him for the home series against Windies. His first-class average of close to 50 was the testament to his abilities and his highest score of 304* came against the Railways which is also a staggering achievement.
But while commentating, Kerry questioned Agarwal’s abilities calling the Railways’ bowlers as waiters. “Mayank Agarwal scored his triple century against Railways kitchen staff team,” O’Keefe said during the first day of the MCG Test which has created a lot of stir among the Indian fans now.
Having said that, the Indian opener let the bat do the talking and proved to the former Aussie player that he belongs to this level. He kept the famous Australian bowling attack at bay and thumped Nathan Lyon who is now tipped as the best spinner in the world. While Agarwal’s knock was enough for Kerry to know that his statement was wrong, the fans also let him know about the same by lashing out at him.
Here are some of the heated reactions:
It might just be me, but it's pretty uncool to ridicule the FC comp of another country while using dubious stereotypes for a cheap laugh…
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) December 26, 2018
Am shocked that @juniorwaugh349 & @kokeeffe49 would talk like that ! Shameless, Racist & disparaging , I hope that @mayankcricket makes them eat their words by Stumps today. #INDvAUS #BoxingDayTest #markwaugh #kerryokeefe #morons @bhogleharsha @MClarke23 @ProfDeano @cricketcomau
— Sanjay (@sanjaylazar) December 26, 2018
55 International Wicket
1418 International Runs
Idiot stats look like Canteen All rounder
— Rishabh Singh (@Rishabh_Smarty8) December 26, 2018
Fox cricket commentators Mark Waugh mentioning that 50 average in India is like 40. Kerry O' Keefe saying that Mayank Aggarwal scored 300 against some canteen people & waiters ,that is just disrespectful @mhussey393 @gilly381 @bhogleharsha @FoxCricket @isaguha @melindafarrell
— Ash (@Ayadav1808) December 26, 2018
Kerry O Keefe who ??? #AUSvIND
— Shantanu Anil Shinde (@shan_gooner) December 26, 2018
Mayank Agarwal has given a fitting reply to him and Kerry O Keefe who were ridiculing Indian domestic circuit as consisting of "Canteen XIs". They tried to undermine Agarwal's credentials too. More than Waugh, it was O Keefe who was offensive & borderline racist #AUSvsIND https://t.co/dVywAAA9eG
— Navneet Mundhra (@navneet_mundhra) December 26, 2018
— Shubham Gupta (@shubhs_7) December 26, 2018
— sandeep dahiya (@sandeepdahiya_) December 26, 2018
Such stupid comments from kerry o keefe on mayank scoring runs vs railways canteen staff.. during live commentary..
— Anurag Sinha (@anuragsinha1992) December 26, 2018
Mayank Agarwal showed his class.
Hope Kerry O’ Keefe has got a pacifier in his mouth.
Deriding a player specially one who has scored a triple Century is foolish and only shows how shallow Kerry is.
— Shahab Jafri (@ShahabJafri55) December 26, 2018
#kerryokeefe , did this joker ever play cricket?
— ravindra vydyula (@VydyulaRavindra) December 26, 2018
@juniorwaugh349 Mayank proved his skills in action by scoring 76. Well he indeed served the kangaroo curry to the Australian bowlers ( Canteen staff) as Kerry o keefe mentioned. https://t.co/A82kWWC7Wg
— vijaybaskar (@vijayschumy) December 26, 2018
#kerryokeefe jokes about #MayankAgarwal's 300 runs whereas he himself is yet another big mouth who played his first ODI on 2nd june and his last ODI on 6th june of the same year 1977. Why do they even get such retards on air at first place 🎃 #AUSvIND
— Adi ツ (@Aditya_Kat0ch) December 26, 2018
— divakar (@g_divakar22777) December 26, 2018
His full name is Kerry O Keefe He is a old man who is a commentator he absuses the oppositions I guess he is a part of Fox sports commentary I guess he was a ex Aussie cricketer
— Hemanth Raj (@hemanthrj) December 26, 2018
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