Australian commentator mocks Indians again, makes fun of Pujara and Jadeja's name

Sudhir Gupta 17:17 29/12/2018
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Ravindra Jadeja (l) and Cheteshwar Pujara.

Former Australia cricket Kerry O’Keeffe made another insensitive remark during commentary during the Melbourne Test, adding more fuel to the fire started by his insults directed at Indian cricket in general.

O’Keeffe was on commentary duty for FOX Cricket with Shane Warne when the latter asked him about the difficulty in pronouncing Indian names like Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja. O’Keeffe responded by saying: “Why would you name your kid Cheteshwar, Jadeja?” which was laughed off by Warne.

It is the second such instance of O’Keeffe making crass statements about Indian cricket and its people. On Boxing Day, O’Keeffe pooh-poohed debutant Mayank Agarwal’s domestic record, stating his triple-century must have come against a “Jalandhar Railways Canteen Staff”. Also, commentator Mark Waugh derided the standard of first-class cricket in India – the No1 Test team in the world – stating averaging 50 in India is like averaging 40 in Australia.

The Indian management has taken note of O’Keefee’s disparaging remarks.

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