Former Australian Test captain Ian Chappell has come under fire for a comment that has offended South African viewers watching the first Test at the WACA.
Chappell was commenting on play for Channel 9 when South African rising star Kagiso Rabada skittled the Australian middle order and snared a five-wicket haul.
Chappell was full of praise for the talented 21-year-old and joined fellow commentator Ian Healy in labelling the quick a future superstar of the game.
He said he was stunned by Rabada's raw talent and pace at such a young age.
Unfortunately, Chappell didn't leave it at that.
When Healy asked him how Rabada could have developed such speed in his bowling, Chappell replied: "You'd have to ask all the batsmen in his village".
Rabada grew up in Johannesburg where he attended the prestigious St Stithians Boys College. His father is a neurosurgeon.
The comment did not go unnoticed on social media.
So Jo'burg doesn't qualify as a village? Staggering, isn't it? Surprised they didn't ask who was looking after his herd while he's here... https://t.co/eKPUTLdYot— Neil Manthorp (@NeilManthorp) November 7, 2016
Chuffed Kagiso Rabada and I come from the same village... It's a pretty big one, called Johannesburg. #SAvsAUS— Carly Adno (@CarlyW226) November 7, 2016
Chappell has done it now. Go ask the 'people in his village' he says about when Rabada knew he could bowl fast.— Jason Humphries (@JasonH1973) November 7, 2016
According to Ian Chappell, Nathan Lyon credits his pace between wickets to years of evading spear and boomerang attacks. #AUSvSA— Mindy Pawsey (@MKPS001) November 7, 2016