Mitchell Johnson pokes fun at Ashish Nehra, gets trolled by Indian cricket fans
Mitchell Johnson, the former Australia pace bowler, apparently poked fun at Ashish Nehra and that attracted massive criticism from the Indian cricket team fans on Twitter.Updated: Oct 13, 2017 13:37 IST
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Mitchell Johnson has intimidated plenty of batsmen in the modern era with his aggressive bowling. His bouncer barrage during the 2013/14 Ashes, in which he picked up 37 wickets, was crucial in Australia whitewashing England 5-0. However, the former Australia fast bowler recently has been on the receiving end of some fearful barrages
Johnson, who retired from international cricket in 2015, was mercilessly trolled by Indian cricket fans on Twitter after he questioned Indian seamer Ashish Nehra’s bowling speed and his statistics without mentioning any specific format while indulging in banter.
Johnson, 35, is gearing up for the upcoming edition of the Big Bash League (BBL). He recently got involved into some light-hearted banter with the 31-year-old New Zealand pacer Mitchell McClenaghan, and soon the topic turned towards the best fast bowlers over the age of 30.
Dean Jones, former Australia batsman who is on commentary duties in the ongoing T20I series between India and Australia, soon chipped in by saying that it has to be Ashish Nehra.
His run up is definitely faster 🤣— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) October 9, 2017
Johnson’s subsequent reply to Jones was, “His run up is definitely faster.” This sparked anger among the Indian cricket fans.
Nehra, who has recently purchased a smart phone for the first time according to reports, might not have been aware of such a banter in which he was mentioned. But on his behalf, the Indian fans launched an attack on Johnson.
No offence Mitch but he bowled way above 90mph arnd 2002-03 when u were probably a little occupied with body piercings n tattoos 😂😂😂— Karan Aggarwal (@kay_297) October 9, 2017
Hey, whether Nehra is faster or not, he is still around and mitch is retired and out...— Chirayu R. Mankad (@cmankad) October 9, 2017
Realising that his banter might have made him a target of the Indian cricket fans, Johnson was quick to clarify that he was indulging in banter. But like always, Indian fans have been unsparing on such instances.
Hahaha really with an Ave over 40 & Strike rate close to 80 👍🏼 Just so you know, we are just having some banter 🤙🏼— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) October 9, 2017
Johnson did not specify from which format he had acquired Nehra’s numbers from, but the Indian fan did the work for him.
Here we are talking about t20 stat.he is part of Indian t20 team not test team..Look at his avg in t20. Its 21.44... pic.twitter.com/wLJLgcMbHn— Rakesh Rajpurohit (@RakeshPurohit55) October 9, 2017
Johnson was reminded of the fact that he has retired and on the other hand, Nehra is still making impressive comebacks despite a string of injuries trying to keep him away. Not surprisingly, the term ‘brain fade’ was also used.
U australians always have brain fade... Ave is 21 .. Get your fact right #OldJohnson & thank to IPL for your last comeback in aussies side😆— Ishan Mishra (@ishan31396) October 9, 2017
This is just a Australian Brain fade... Which occurs on every month on anyone player of Australia...— Tushal Gupta (@imTushal) October 9, 2017
he is still playing at the age of 38 not like you retiring at 35.If you have guts do a come and prove ur fitness on the international field— Raghavan JanakiRaman (@imraghavanjr) October 9, 2017
Meanwhile, India and Australia will face off in the second T20I of their ongoing three-match series on Tuesday evening, at Guwahati. The contest will be a must-win clash for Australia, who face yet another series defeat against India across formats.
First Published: Oct 10, 2017 17:00 IST