Ravi Shastri reacts to Kerry O’Keefe’s comment’s: ‘Mayank Agarwal wants to smell the coffee in your canteen’
India head coach Ravi Shastri on Thursday gave a tongue-in-cheek reply to former Australia cricketer Kerry O’Keefe’s statement at Mayank Agarwal and the standard of Ranji Trophy cricket. Before Agarwal made a solid 76 on debut on day one of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, O’Keeffe had suggested the batsman had scored a triple century in the Ranji Trophy against “canteen staff”. Apparently, Mayank scored a triple century against the Railways canteen staff.
After getting fired for his comment while he was in the studio, O’Keeffe issued an apology, saying he had only said that “tongue in cheek”.
Shastri was then called by Fox Cricket to give his views on the cricketing action after day two of the Test, with India holding upper hand.
Shastri praised Agarwal’s innings and then, with O’Keeffe sitting next to him, provided a fitting reply to his remarks. Here’s what Shastri said, very much tongue in cheek:
“Let’s not take it from [Mayank]. [India] could have easily been three down for 80 and it would have been a different ball game. He dug deep and he’s got a message for Kerry – when you do open your canteen, he wants to come and smell the coffee. And he wants to compare it to the ones back home in India. Is the coffee better here in your canteen, or the one back home?”
Ravi Shastri responds to Kerry O’Keefe’s “joke” pic.twitter.com/WWtXnO7oK3
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