Former Australian cricketer Kerry O’Keefe found himself in yet another controversy when he ridiculed the names of Indian players Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja on air, while commentating during India vs Australia 2018 Boxing Day Test match, on Saturday. The commentator said, “Why would you name your kid Cheteshwar, Jadeja,” while expressing his difficulty in pronouncing names in the foreign language to his fellow commenters.
The comment didn’t go down well with the people, and they lambasted Kerry O’Keefe on social media. The fans in India blistered the Australian commentator, who has been on air throughout the series for Fox Sports. Cheteshwar Pujara’s ‘Slow’ Century Can Be Make or Break for India in Third Test, Says Former Australia Captain Ricky Ponting.
It is not for the first time the former Australian player has made such remarks. Earlier, O’Keefe had ridiculed Mayank Agarwal as well. He had said, “Apparently he got the triple [century] against the Railways canteen staff,” on Day 1 of the Test match.
We bring you how fans back home reacted to a rubbish comment made by former Australia cricketer, Kerry O’ Keefe, on Saturday, during the ongoing Third Test between India and Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Tim Paine During IND vs AUS 2018 Boxing Day Test: 'I'll Become a Mumbai Indians Fan if Rohit Sharma Hits a Six'
1. Kerry O'Keefe is at it again!
He is at it again! The broadcasters need to have a serious word (if not more) with Kerry O'Keefe.
First the "canteen staff" jibes and questioning the credentials of Mayank Agarwal and the domestic cricket structure in India and now this! #AUSvIND #INDvAUS #TeamIndia #KerryOKeefe https://t.co/4z16bCu0TN
— Ameya Tilak (@ameyatilak) December 29, 2018
2. For starters, 'Kairi' means unripe Mango
How would Kerry O keefe feel if ppl call him kairi 😂 #AUSvIND
— Jason Dsouza (@jdnats) December 29, 2018
3. Oh sure, they are!
— Anuj Bhatnagar (@em_anuj) December 29, 2018
4. India 1. Australia 0.
Aussies from the playing XI can't decipher Ravindra Jadeja's spin.
Aussies from the commentary box can't pronounce his name.
— North Stand Gang - Wankhede (@NorthStandGang) December 29, 2018
5. Kerry must go!?
— Kaushik K Arunagiri (@ka_kaushik) December 29, 2018
The 4-match series is currently level at 1-1. Speaking about the Third Test, India is in the driver’s s seat at the moment. At Stumps on Day 4, Australia needed 141 runs to win, whereas India needed 2 more wickets to win. With rain being forecasted on the final day, it will be interesting to see if the rain saves the home team, or will visitors go one up in the Test series. Stay tuned with for all the latest updates about India vs Australia 2018-19 series!