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Fans Slam Australian Commentator for Racist Remarks on Debutant Mayank Agarwal

Fans were quick to slam O'Keefe for his remarks, with Indian AND Australian cricket-lovers teaming up to defend Agarwal.

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Updated:December 26, 2018, 2:26 PM IST
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Fans Slam Australian Commentator for Racist Remarks on Debutant Mayank Agarwal
Mayank Agarwal ducks a bouncer. (AFP)

Mayank Agarwal who became only the second debut Indian batsman to open the innings at the ongoing Test in Australia, joining Amir Elahi at Sydney in 1947, played really well and went onto to become the second Indian opener to score 50 runs on his debut away from home after the great Sunil Gavaskar.

While fans from both sides appreciated Agarwal's knock, Australian commentator and former cricketer Kerry O'Keefe came under fire for his 'racist' remarks.

Doing commentary for Fox Sports, along side Mark Waugh and Shane Warne, during the third Test match between India and Australia, O'Keefe remarked that the triple century that Agarwal had scored earlier in the Ranji Trophy, came against some team like ‘Canteen XI’, where the bowlers were some chefs and waiters. He was also critical of India's domestic cricket scene, and even Waugh was heard saying that 50 runs for India is 40 runs for Australia.

Fans were quick to slam O'Keefe for his remarks, with Indian AND Australian cricket-lovers teaming up to defend Agarwal.

Agarwal has had an enviable first-class career since the beginning. After making his first-class debut against Jharkhand in 2013, he played 46 first-class as well as 75 List A matches for Karnataka, averaging around 50 runs in both cricket categories. In November 2017, Agarwal scored his maiden triple century in first-class cricket in the Ranji Trophy, which is what O'Keefe was referring to.

Since the uproar, O'Keefe has apologized for his remarks.

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| Edited by: Shantanu David
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