Indian National Cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri came me up with a response to former Australia cricketer-turned commentator Kerry O’Keeffe’s comments that were seemingly insulting debutant opener, Mayank Agarwal.
Meanwhile, Australia ended at 8 for no loss after Virat Kohli decided to declare the innings at 443 for seven. Cheteshwar Pujara and Kohli shared a 170-run stand for the third wicket as the visitor’s posted a huge total. Moreover, Ravi Shastri, known for his one-liners during his stint in the commentary box, replied with a cheeky comment at the end of the second day.
“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 said to Fox Cricket.
However, Ravi Shastri’s timely response comes after O’Keeffe ridiculed Mayank Agarwal’s triple century in the Ranji Trophy, India’s premier domestic tournament. The veteran commentator said “apparently got his triple hundred against railway canteen staff” and that the bowlers from the said team were “chefs and waiters.”
Shastri lauds Mayank Agarwal, Pujara
In addition to, Ravi Shastri shared high praise on debutant Agarwal and one drop batsman Cheteshwar Pujara. The duo shared an 82-run stand with Agarwal adding 76 runs while Pujara scored his second century of the series.
“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,” he concluded.