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“De-list Manjrekar!” Fans errupt in Harsha Bhogle’s support after on-air spat

Sanjay Manjrekar attracted heavy criticism after having a bitter spat with Harsha Bhogle on-air during India’s capitulation of Bangladesh in the Pink Day-night Test in Kolkata.

It was a rare occurrence that the two Indian commentators express differences on air. However, it turned ugly when Manjrekar tried to remind Bhogle who the more established cricket expert was. The former Indian cricketer has played 37 Tests and 74 ODIs for India.

It all started when Harsha Bhogle suggested that a post-mortem, as well as the players’ consent, was needed about the visibility of the pink ball in the evening. However, Sanjay Manjrekar argued that there were indeed no issues with the visibility of the ball and that “you need to ask those who have played cricket.”

“Well, there a post-mortem should be done on this game. Visibility of that ball will be a big factor against the big white sight-screen,” Harsha said.

“Don’t think so. Because when you see the slip catchers, the way they have taken catches, I don’t think visibility is an issue at all. The texture of the ball is the issue,” Manjrekar replied.

And it all went haywire from this point onwards. While Bhogle kept on stressing upon his point, Manjrekar pointed out there was no need to seek the players’ advice about everything since certain aspects are visible to the naked eye.

“We just need to ask the players what they think,” replied Bhogle.

And then Manjrekar replied with an unmissable hint of arrogance,  “You need to ask; for those who have played cricket, it’s evident it (the ball) can be seen well.” – clearly pointing out to Bhogale’s lack of playing experience. And that was enough to set Twitter ablaze with many criticizing Sanjay’s remarks as ‘rude’. Many asked for an apology while others even demanded that the BCCI put a ban on the ex-cricketer.

It is interesting to note here that Bhogle was a star commentator when Manjrekar had started his broadcasting career. He was also the first-ever Indian commentator to be invited by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on the eve of an overseas tour in 1992.

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