Mark Waugh, a former captain of Australia, got into a fight on Sunday with Dinesh Karthik, an unpopular Indian player. Both of the former international players disagreed with each other’s viewpoints when participating in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy commentary panel for the official broadcaster. During the fourth innings of the second Test match between India and Australia in New Delhi, Waugh expressed his displeasure with the field setup by Australia captain Pat Cummins. The Aussie star was irritated by Karthik’s back-to-back counter-questions to Waugh before he lost his cool and Sanjay Manjrekar had to step in to defuse the situation.
Waugh believed that Cummins should have packed the off side instead of giving Pujara a deep point by moving the fielder closer to the batter.
Karthik asked this in response: “You’re not happy with the field, then. You’re fine with the fact that Rohit Sharma has no support. As a captain, would you act the same way?”
“I am not talking about Rohit Sharma, DK. He is a very different player,” Mark Waugh retorted.
We clearly have different viewpoints, but Waugh declared, “I want to pack that off side for Pujara, think there is a huge chance of getting, squeezing one there.”
He continued, “I want to pack that offside, have my point up, and have the catching cover stay there. Reasonable field.”
Karthik remained steadfast and stated: “Since when do you really believe he would have discovered the trap in that one? He had the time.”
Karthik’s counter-questions infuriated Waugh, who remarked: “This was not disclosed to me as a press conference. Per session, you will receive one question, correct?”
Sanjay Manjrekar then stepped in to help Waugh. The former India cricketer remarked, “Alright, I’m going to step in here,” and read out the score.
Speaking of the encounter, India trounced Australia in the Delhi Test by a margin of six wickets to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the four-match series. Cheteshwar Pujara’s unbeaten 31 helped the Rohit Sharma-led team easily cross the finish line while chasing a goal of 115 in the fourth innings.
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