Mayank Agarwal made his debut at the Boxing Day Test at the MCG and scored a record 76 as an Indian opener. Meanwhile, Kerry O’Keeffe, a former Australia cricketer was on record ridiculing Mayank’s first-class numbers. While doing the commentary on Fox Sports, Mark Waugh mentioned Agarwal’s first-class average is about 50; to which, Kerry O’Keeffe said the figures don’t depict the real story, as it had come against the commons and not players.
Kerry O’Keeffe plays down Mayank’s record
Though the clip or the audio of the same isn’t available, those who have heard it posted it on Twitter. Meanwhile, on day one of the Boxing Day Test, Mayank had impressed one and all with his patient 76. Dominating Nathan Lyon early on, Mayank helped India lay foundation for batsmen to come. In his knock of 76 off 161 deliveries, the right-hander hit eight fours and one six. However, his dream of completing a hundred on debut didn’t come true, as Pat Cummins got him out.
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Moreover, the comments on Mayank’s first-class numbers seemed to have landed Kerry O’Keeffe in hot waters. Here are a few tweets –
Fox cricket commentators Mark Waugh mentioning that 50 average in India is like 40. Kerry O' Keefe saying that Mayank Aggarwal scored 300 against some canteen people & waiters ,that is just disrespectful @mhussey393 @gilly381 @bhogleharsha @FoxCricket @isaguha @melindafarrell
— Ash (@Ayadav1808) December 26, 2018
Give me a minute I’ll try and find it on rewind.
— Adelaide Barmies (@AdelaideBarmies) December 26, 2018
India on top on day one at the ‘G.’
Earlier, India had won the toss, and Virat Kohli decided to bat first. As many as three changes were made to the playing XI that played the Perth Test; as Mayank, Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja return to the side. Heading in with the new opening pair of Mayank Agarwal and Hanuma Vihari, India didn’t get off to the best of starts, again.
Pat Cummins, who has the wrecker-in-chief for Australia on the day one, first got out Vihari on eight. Later, he got the debutant on a well-made 76 to put some brakes on India’s momentum. Meanwhile, at tea on day one, India was 123 for two with Pujara and captain Virat Kohli at the crease.
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