It seems that there is a lot of turbulence in the Indian cricket team at the ICC World Cup 2019 – Injuries, replacements, retirements and now a bitter exchange of words between two fellow countrymen in England. And the two persons in question – Ravindra Jadeja and Sanjay Manjrekar. The former gave a scathing reply to the former India cricketer and commentator on Wednesday after Manjrekar had labelled Jadeja a ‘bits-and-pieces’ player.
“I am not a big fan of bits and pieces players which Jadeja is at this point of his career in 50-over cricket. In Test matches, he is a pure bowler. But in 50-over cricket, I would rather have a batsman and a spinner,” he had said.
In reply, Ravindra Jadeja asked for more respect citing he had played the twice number of matches than Manjrekar. He also asked to stop the commentator to stop his ‘verbal diarrhea’.
In 151 ODIs, Jadeja has scored 2035 runs and taken 174 wickets. Sanjay Manjrekar played 74 ODIs, scored 1994 runs and took 1 wicket.
This season, Ravindra Jadeja has yet to start a single game in the 2019 World Cup, although he has taken to the field as a substitute fielder. And as expected, Sanjay Manjrekar was trolled intensely by his fans.
This is not the first time that Manjrekar has gotten into the wrong books of the Indian fans. He was heavily criticised over his comments on MS Dhoni’s strike rate and poor strike rotation.
“Here’s something interesting about Dhoni -. 41 off 87 balls v spin this WC. But in the warm up games 69 off 56 balls v spin. That tells me it’s mental too. He does not put his wicket on the line as much in the big games,” Manjrekar had tweeted.
Here is what the fans had to say about the whole incident:
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— Chris Cardoz (@ChrisCardoz) July 4, 2019
Whenever I listen to Sanjay Manjrekar's commentary, me to myself:
— Karthik?? (@KG_Suvarna) July 4, 2019
Players usually don’t react on social media to their criticism. But this Sanjay Manjrekar drama surely has deeper rooted issues in the Indian team for Jadeja to tweet that and then domestic cricketers adding to it
— Nishant Sabnis (@nishant_cricket) July 4, 2019
— Alok Raj Dhoni (@AlokRajDhoni) July 4, 2019
Sanjay Manjrekar Akash chopra are perfect example of empty vessel make more noise.
Big talks now but never performed wen they had d opportunity
— Anthony D'silva (@AnthonyDsilva88) July 4, 2019
Sanjay majrekar is the 'Akash chopra' in English commentry
Sir jadeja you are a true champion and great allrounder in every format✌ https://t.co/yQmOmix215
— Samarpan..sam (@Samarpansam1) July 4, 2019
Of all the cricketers around, Sanjay Manjrekar with a mere thousand odd ODI runs at an average of 33.23 should be the last one to pass jibes or sweeping remarks. Its surprising as to how he has been able to pass off his gibberish as commentary for such a long time!
— Shakesbeard (@_Shakesbeard) July 4, 2019
— Varaprasad (@smvaraprasad) July 4, 2019
The best comment I saw today.
Changes I would like to see in the Indian team:
Rishabh Pant to replace MS Dhoni at no5
MS Dhoni to replace Ravi Shastri as the Indian Coach
Shastri to replace Sanjay Manjrekar and Harsha Bhogle in the commentary box…
— Pradeep Kumar (@byFranchescadgx) July 4, 2019
Facts may not change the real fact that the Great Sanjay Manjrekar is a perpetual asshole with verbal diarrhea https://t.co/y0xITMU2WW
— RS (@RSachsIN) July 4, 2019
Sanjay Manjrekar doesn't have any work to do. So the old theory of controversy creates cash is being used by him. He just wants to stay in the lime light
— karthik (@karthik0080001) July 4, 2019
— #MODIfiedMe. (@ganchen2) July 2, 2019
Sanjay manjrekar had no right to call him such words, A cricketer can perform only when he is allowed to play, and advised and supported properly. If all eleven players performed well always then the team would have been invincible.
— JAYESH CHAWDA (@JAYESHCHAWDA2) July 4, 2019