Virat Kohl Reacts After Kerry O’Keefe’s Humiliating Remark Over Ranji Trophy
India’s captain, Virat Kohli, and Man of the Match Jasprit Bumrah both credited the first-class structure in India following their win over Australia in the third Test.
Recently, former Australia cricketer Kerry O’Keefe had kicked up a storm with his unpleasant remark over Mayank Agarwal and the Ranji Trophy. Just before Agarwal’s debut in the ongoing Test at the MCG, O’Keefe had ridiculed his triple century in India’s premier domestic tournament.
The cricketer-turned-commentator reportedly said that the 27-year-old “apparently got his triple hundred against railway canteen staff”. He also added the bowlers from the said team were “chefs and waiters”. He had made the comments on air while sharing the commentary box with former Australia cricketers, Shane Warne, and Mark Waugh. Reports also suggest that Waugh took a jibe at Agarwal too, saying his first-class average of 50 (49.98) can be equated to 40 in Australia.
The unpleasant remark invited widespread criticism from the cricket fraternity as pundits and fans slammed the former cricketer for his comment. Later, Kerry O’Keefe issued an apology, saying that he did not intend to belittle the first-class competition of India.
But he has been facing the heat despite issuing the apology. Ravi Shastri had already spoken on the matter while bowling coachBharat Arun had remarked that they should “channelise all the hurt and that should answer the questions,” when asked about the comments made on air.
And now Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah have spoken on the importance of Ranji Trophy.
“Our first-class cricket is amazing,” said Virat Kohli in the post-match presentation. “The tough conditions with the second new ball makes bowlers hard and bowling with the old ball proved to be a difference in this match,” he added.
On the other hand, Bumrah said: “We train very hard and we are used to bowling a lot of overs in Ranji Cricket, so the body is doing well.”
India, meanwhile, thrashed Australia by 137 runs in the third Test to go 2-1 up in the four-match series.
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