Tabloid called Indian cricketers The Scaredy Bats

A popular Australian tabloid has called Virat Kohli's Team India "scaredy bats" but cricket fans, including the Australian public, aren't happy with the reportage.

Australian media, are at it again! Known for their aggressive and sometimes loathsome coverage of visiting cricketers, especially when it involves an away batsman at his peak, several newspapers Down Under have been successful in riling up opposition teams.

As it turns out, a leading news tabloid has called the Indian cricketers “The Scaredy Bats” upon their arrival in Adelaide for the first Test, starting December 6.

Australian journalist, Richard Hinds shared the photograph of the photo story that claims India have issues with the venues that are slated to host the much-anticipated four-Test series.

According to the report, India are “scared of the bounce” in Brisbane, “scared of the unknown” in Perth and “scared of the dark” in Adelaide, which comes as a sly dig at the visiting team’s reluctance to play day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval.

Even as the photograph of the tabloid clipping is going viral on social media, several cricket fans, including Australians, have lashed out at the reportage, calling it “childish” and “boorish tradition”.

The wordplay from the Australian tabloid comes at a time when ex-Australian cricketers have warned Tim Paine’s men against riling up Virat Kohli, who scored aplenty during India’s tour of Australia in 2014-15.

Kohli has been on the receiving end of Australian media’s distasteful reportage for quite some time now.

The India skipper was even called the “Donald Trump of Cricket” during Australia’s tour to India in 2017 after he rubbished Steve Smith’s brain fade claims during the DRS row in Bengaluru and pointed out that the visitors may have looked at the dressing room to seek unfair assistance with referrals.

All eyes are once again on Kohli as the India captain is heading into the series on the back of two successful overseas tours in the ongoing year. Kohli put behind the memories of a disastrous tour to England in 2014 to top the batting charts in the Old Blighty earlier this year. He scored 593 runs from five matches at an average of 59.30.

India have arrived in Adelaide after a drawn warm-up match in Sydney against Cricket Australia XI. The visitors have been dealt a big blow as they will be without in-form teenage opener Prithvi Shaw who suffered an ankle injury during the Test warm-up.

In the absence of Smith and David Warner who are serving ball-tampering bans, Kohli’s Team India are being touted as the favourites to clinch an unprecedented series win Down Under.

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