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”.
Anyone else tired of the childish and predictable mocking of visiting teams by Australian media? It’s become a boorish tradition that reflects poorly on our country.#AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/3bFgFSgaWZ
— Richard Hinds (@rdhinds) December 2, 2018
Well last time in Australia, Kohli made 4 hundreds and averaged 86.50, Vijay averaged 60.25, Rahane averaged 57 and Rahul in just his second Test made 110 at the SCG, so umm yeah I think they'll be fine.
— Brydon Coverdale (@brydoncoverdale) December 3, 2018
Childish it is… I’d like to think we’re better then this.
— The Richies (@The_Richies) December 3, 2018
Thanks for saying it Richard. The element of Australia's sports press that carries on like dildos should be called out for the knobs they are. Australians, on the whole, are not as mindless as this. That's why so many care about sorting out the culture of national cricket team
— tim edwards (@Sportsocratic) December 3, 2018
Perhaps, but why not aim higher and challenge yourself to produce quality content instead of mimicking the puerile lowest common denominator.
— Richard Hinds (@rdhinds) December 3, 2018
Particularly embarrassing when some erroneously believe it reflects the views of Australians. Respect the opposition is the first thing taught in Australian junior sport
— Matt Mitchell (@brismattm) December 2, 2018
Only thing Indian bats will fear is not performing well against a lowly ranked test opponent
— David Graham (@DGofSuburbia) December 3, 2018
Pitiful shit. No respect at all at a time when people are switching off in droves. This doesn't get them back..just pisses ppl off further.
— Chris Michaels (@chrismwriter) December 2, 2018
I don’t even bother with 95% of media coverage anymore. Got my favorite journos i’ll follow and don’t even give the others any attention. I simply don’t have time for the aggrovation.
— Daniel Gaylor (@DannyBonavena) December 2, 2018
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.>