Sensing backlash from Twitterati over their comments which mocked Mayank Agarwal, who made his debut in the third Test between Australia and India in Melbourne, Mark Waugh and Kerry O'Keefe have played down the incident, stating they didn't mean to demean the youngster or India's domestic cricket.
O'Keefe apologised for his comments, mentioning that he was trying to have a bit of fun, and in no way was mocking the player.
“I was mentioning the runs Agarwal got in first class cricket in India and there’s been a reaction. There was no way I was demeaning the standard, it was tongue in cheek. There are lots of runs scored so apologies if anyone out there took offence," he said.
Waugh did not apologise for his comments, but tried to play down the incident by praising Agarwal for his knock. His Twitter message read, "All I said was averaging 50 in first class cricket in India is equivalent to averaging 40 in Aust mainly because of the number of players who achieve that. For the record Agarwal played very well in his 1st test innings," his social media post read.
The two commentators were in line of fire on social media following their comments on the debutant Mayank Agarwal during the Day One of the ongoing third Test in Melbourne.
Waugh reportedly ridiculed the Indian opener by stating that his First Class average in excess of 50 is equal to 40 in Australia's domestic cricket. O'Keefe's statements were worse, as he reportedly stated that the 304 scored by Agarwal was apparently against a Railways canteen staff.
In response, a number of users on Twitter, both from India and Australia, lamented their irresponsible statements.