The cricket commentators Kerry O'Keeffe and Mark Waugh, who also represented Australia once, took a bitter jibe at the standard of Indian first-class cricket during the first day of the 3rd Test between Australia and India at the MCG.
A controversy erupted over on-air comments by Kerry and Waugh. Indian fans were clearly miffed by the 'canteen staff/.waiters' remark made by O'Keeffe when Mayank Agarwal's triple century in Ranji Trophy was being discussed.
The debutant Agarwal had scored 304* in the domestic cricket and commenting on it, O'Keeffe, also known as Skull, said: “Apparently he got the triple against the Railways canteen staff."
Mark Waugh also said that Mayank's average of 50 in FC is equal to 40 in Australia.
Mayank replied with a 76 off 161 deliveries innings before getting out to Pat Cummins.
Later after the stumps, Waugh and Kerry both tried to calm things down as they spoke from their side. Both the commentators made an effort to apologize and tried to explain their words.
O’Keeffe 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 offense.”
Former Aussie batsman Mark replied to a tweet of Indian fan and wrote, "All I said was averaging 50 in first-class cricket in India is equivalent to averaging 40 in Aust mainly because of the number of players who achieve that. For the record, Agarwal played very well in his 1st test innings."