Ravi Shastri reacts after Aussie commentator insults Mayank Agarwal

first_imgRavi Shastri reacts after Aussie commentator insults Mayank AgarwalIndia head coach Ravi Shastri heaped praise on debutant opener Mayank Agarwal and had a cheeky response to Australian commentator Kerry O’Keeffe.advertisement India Today Web Desk MelbourneDecember 27, 2018UPDATED: December 27, 2018 23:07 IST Ravi Shastri also heaped praise on ‘old-fashioned’ Cheteshwar Pujara after the experienced campaigner brought up his second century of the series on Thursday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKerry O’Keeffe made a deplorable comment against India’s debutant opener Mayank AgarwalRavi Shastri hit back at the comments after the second day’s play in MelbourneO’Keeffe had apologised for his comment, saying it was nothing more than a tongue-in-cheek remarkIndia head coach Ravi Shastri has come up with a response to former Australia cricketer-turned commentator Kerry O’Keeffe’s comments that were seemingly insulting debutant opener, Mayank Agarwal.Ravi Shastri, who was known for sharp one-liners during his stint as a commentator over the years, made a cheeky comment after the second day’s play of the Boxing Day Test between India and Australia.Speaking to Fox Cricket, 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’.”Shastri’s timely response comes after O’Keeffe ridiculed Mayank Agarwal’s triple century in the Ranji Trophy, India’s premier domestic tournament.The senior commentator, who had played 24 Tests and two ODIs for Australia, said Agarwal “apparently got his triple hundred against railway canteen staff” and that the bowlers from the said team were “chefs and waiters”.Shastri heaps praise on Agarwal, PujaraMeanwhile, Shastri also heaped praise on Mayank Agarwal, who scored 76 on debut after fending off the new ball threat from Australian pacers on Wednesday.The Karnataka opener, who broke into the playing XI after scoring tons of runs over the last few seasons in Ranji Trophy and other domestic tournaments in India, stitched a 40-run stand with Hanuma Vihari as the two openers played out 18.5 overs after Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat on a docile Melbourne Cricket Ground pitch.advertisementAgarwal joined hands with Cheteshwar Pujara and the duo added 82 runs for the second wicket. While the debutant opener missed out on a century by 24 runs, his senior partner went on to get his second century of the series on Thursday.”He [Pujara] has not had enough. He is going to take that bat and sleep with that bat. That’s Puji for you. He is a good old-fashioned cricketer. He might not be the ideal player that crowds want to see but my word when the conditions become like this, he is the one who digs deep. Puts a price tag on his wicket. He played magnificently especially after the platform he was given yesterday,” Shastri said.”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.”India declared on 443 for 7 towards the end of the second day’s play even as the MCG wicket showed signs of deterioration. Virat Kohli’s bold declaration allowed India bowlers to have a crack at Australian openers in the last 20 minutes of the final session.Nonetheless, Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch survived the tricky period of play as Australia collected eight runs without losing a wicket at stumps on Thursday.Also Read | Mayank Agarwal does not regret missing out on debut hundredAlso Read | Aussie commentator apologises after insulting Mayank Agarwal on airAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Ravi ShastriFollow Kerry O’KeefeFollow Mayank AgarwalFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Boxing Day TestFollow MCG Testlast_img

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