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“Manjrekar is Aakash Chopra of English Commentary!” Fans react over Jadeja vs Sanjay Controversy

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.

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Here is what the fans had to say about the whole incident:

 

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