Australian fans criticize local media for insulting Indian cricketers
December 5, 2018
The India vs Australia Test series currently on in Australia is attracting strong reactions from the local press ahead of the first Test at Adelaide this week. One publication decided to insult them by calling Team India The Scaredy Bats.
The report said that the Indian stars were "scared of the bounce" in Brisbane, "scared of the unknown" in Perth and "scared of the dark" in Adelaide. This was a comment at the Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI)'s refusal to play a day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval.
The Australian public and mediapersons called the tabloid "boorish".
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. - Richard Hinds, Sportswriter
In response, someone tweeted, "It's not like those "Scaredy Bats" aren't going to spend the rest of the summer grinding Australia into the ground".
Another tweet reminded the tabloid how India had done the last time it played Australia - "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".
India will look to overcome their poor record in Tests in Australia hen they face the hosts in the four-Test series that begins on Thursday.
Since 1947 Indian sides touring Australia have performed well but so far India has not won any Test series. Out of the 12 series played, Australia have won 9 while the sides have drawn 3.
The forthcoming series is being seen as India's best chance to break this record, especially with Steve Smith and David Warner not playing.