Ravi Shastri gives one back to 12th man Mike Whitney
Mike Whitney and Ravi Shastri © Getty Images

During India’s tour of Australia, fast bowler Mike Whitney was on the field as a substitute. A thoroughbred Aussie, it was not surprising when he gave some lip service to Indian all-rounder Ravi Shastri.

When Shastri hit a ball toward Whitney and contemplated a single, Whitney intercepted the ball and warned the batsman: “Stay in your crease or I’ll break your fuc**ng head”.

Shastri, never one to take things lying down, came up with a brilliant riposte: “If you could bowl as well as you talk, you wouldn’t be the fuck**ng 12th man!”.

All one can say to that is to quote the title of the Australian TV show Whitney co-hosted after his playing days: Who Dares Wins!