Former Australia cricketer and now a broadcaster, Kerry O’Keeffe, grabbed the headlines on Wednesday (December 26) for belittling the standard of India’s premier domestic cricket tournament – Ranji Trophy.
O'Keeffe took a dig at India's debutant Mayank Agarwal’s top score of 304* in first-class cricket during the opening day of the Boxing Day Test between Australia and India in Melbourne.
While commentating for Fox Sports, O'Keeffe stated that Agarwal's triple century in the Ranji Trophy came against "canteen staff and waiters." It was certainly an insulting remark directed towards the Indian domestic bowlers.
Here’s the video:
Later in the day, O’Keeffe apologised for his comments. As reported in news.com.au, he 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 offence,” he added.
Meanwhile, Mayank Agarwal started his Test career brilliantly, scoring 76 runs off 161 balls to lay the foundation for India’s massive first innings total. The Karnataka lad put on 40 runs for the opening wicket with Hanuma Vihari before sharing a 83-run stand with Cheteshwar Pujara. India finished the opening day on 215/2 with Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli at the crease.