Sunil Gavaskar gives a shut-up call to Kerry O'Keeffe during SCG Test

Australia vs India 2018/19: Sunil Gavaskar Gives a Shut-up Call to Kerry O’Keeffe

Sunil Gavaskar, Hardik Pandya, India vs New Zealand 2019
Sunil Gavaskar lends stability to the Indian team. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Kerry O’Keeffe entered spotlight when he made statements about Mayank Agarwal in the MCG Test. During his debut game, Kerry said Mayank’s record in India’s domestic circuit came against canteen waiters. Meanwhile, this comment didn’t sit well with many players, and former commentators as well. One of them was ex-India captain, Sunil Gavaskar. After day’s one play in Sydney, Gavaskar said only O’Keeffe could pronounce a name like Labuschagne.

Gavaskar silences former Australia player

Even in the third Test match at the ‘G’, Kerry made some questionable remarks regarding Pujara and Jadeja’s name. He had said, ‘why would anyone’s parents keep their child’s name as Cheteshwar or Jadeja’. Knowing it would be difficult for the Aussie commentators to pronounce Pujara’s complete name, a few of them had called Cheteshwar as ‘Che’; however, the offensive words from Kerry got highlighted, and wasn’t taken well by many.

Sunil Gavaskar, Kerry O'Keeffe
Gavaskar gave a shut up call to Kerry O’Keeffe. Image Courtesy: Getty

Meanwhile, during the fourth Test in Sydney, Gavaskar wrongly pronounced Labuschagne’s name, but later covered it up by saying only Kerry could spell it right. Seemingly, he took a dig at him for his offensive remarks during the Test series.

India walks over Australia in Sydney

Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant
Pujara, Pant scored hundred in the first innings at the SCG. Image Courtesy: Getty

Day two of the SCG Test had India written all over it. Not only they scored 622 for seven dec., but also they made sure the Aussies are completely tired out. The India National Cricket Team began the proceedings on day two with Pujara and Vihari at the crease. Though Vihari got out to Nathan Lyon in a controversial manner, Cheteshwar Pujara hit his highest score in Australia (193). Later, Rishabh Pant scored his second Test ton, hitting an unbeaten 159; alongside him, Ravindra Jadeja hit a fighting 81 as well. Courtesy to those daddy scores, India managed to go past the 600-run total for the first time in a decade in SENA countries.

However, at stumps on day two, Australia’s scorecard read 24/0, as they trail India behind 598 runs.

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