His flowing voice are ever present in the commentary box or the presentation ceremonies. He has been one of the first Indians to grace the English commentary successfully. Yes, you guessed it right, we are talking about Sanjay Manjrekar. Of all the commentators around the world that provide their analysis in different languages, Sanjay Manjrekar is easily one of the most popular Indian commentators. Today let us get to know more about Sanjay Manjrekar Biography and his incredible life.
Most Indian cricket lovers find him to be overly prejudiced by his personal statements. He, for most part of his career, lived under the shadows of his father, Vijay Manjrekar. Sanjay Manjrekar was hailed as the next big hit in Indian cricket when he was given the national cap. He was also called as the successor of legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar. He was technical as sound as anybody in the game could be. However, Manjrekar finished his career living up to those expectations.
Memory is short, yet not so short as to remember that in 1991, in Sharjah, he was adjudged man of the series. We know Sanjay Manjrekar as an opinionated critic, analyst and wonder what happened to his career? Today, we will take a look at the Sanjay Manjrekar Biography…
Sanjay Vijay Manjrekar
Date of Birth
July 12, 1965
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Sanjay Manjrekar Biography
Early Life: Like father like son
Sanjay was born in Mangalore in what was then Mysore State in India, on July 12, 1965. As a schoolboy, he contested in the Cooch Behar Trophy between 1978 and 1982. Sanjay Manjrekar is son of batting great Vijay Manjrekar. Very few people must have heard about Vijay Manjrekar. With an average of 39.12 he scored 3,208 runs during his career straddling almost a decade and a half.
Talking about First-class cricket, Vijay Manjrekar scored 12,832 runs at an average just below 50. Manjrekar and his son Sanjay jointly scored 5251 runs for India from 92 Tests. Manjrekar breathed his last in October 1983, in Chennai. “Never make cricket your life, play it as a game”, these were the words said by his father.
He made his debut in first-class cricket in March 1985, where he scored 57 in his only innings for Bombay (now Mumbai) during their Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Haryana. In 1985-86, Sanjay struck his first century in first-class cricket against Baroda. He also hit double century for West Zone in 1987. The golden period for Manjrekar was the 1990–91 season where he scored four centuries and one half-century in eight matches. His innings of 224 in the final of the 1994–95 Ranji Trophy is still fresh in minds of many. He won the Ranji title for Bombay. In the season 1996-97, he was appointed as a captain of Mumbai (renamed) for Ranji Trophy and under his legacy Mumbai lifted the Ranji title in 1996-97.
Manjrekar made his international debut, against the West Indies in 1987. He scored meager five and ten in first and second innings respectively, before he retired hurt. He scored his first Test cricket century, against the West Indies in 1988. Manjrekar recorded his final tong against Zimbabwe in 1992. He continued to don Indian jersey until November 1996. With 2,043 Test runs, including four tons and 1,994 ODI runs in kitty, Sanjay retired from international cricket in 1998.
Sanjay Manjrekar, after being in and out of the Indian cricket team for the two years (1996-1998), gave up hopes of wearing the Indian jersey again and announced his retirement from first class cricket in the year 1998. His announcement came in the middle of the super league Ranji match against Railways, in which he made 30 runs off 32 balls in 1998.
World of commentary & Sanjay Manjrekar
As a player, Sanjay Manjrekar had an opinion about everything. He was not afraid of sharing opinion in team meetings as well. By nature, he is still a judgmental man. It seems all these turned out to be the very qualities he needed in his life post departure: As a commentator.-- Advertisement --
It was a unified transition for Sanjay Manjrekar. Right from his first game as a commentator, he felt at home. Once he started doing this job regularly, Sanjay realised it could be a long-term professional option for him. He is now seen on many broadcasting networks around the world. Apart from the commentary he works as an analyst for leading media network. Manjrekar is also often seen in IPL.
Sanjay was born to batting legend Vijay Manjrekar and Rekha Manjrekar. In an emotional recollection, Sanjay said, “My father and mother were very opposites. He was street smart, spoke the language of the street and was known for lewd humour. My mother was a simple South-Indian lady who wore sari to work. She was always well-groomed, not to look pretty but to look well-ordered and clean. Not once did she utter a cuss word. Perhaps that’s what my father liked about her: she was different.”
Sanjay Manjrekar is married to Madhavi. The couple is seen on social media platforms posting their vacation pics. The couple has two children – Devika and Siddharth.
Lesser known facts about Sanjay Manjrekar
- Sanjay Manjrekar is a die-hard fan of legendary singer Kishore Kumar.
- This is an interesting one: Sanjay Manjrekar released an Indipop album titled ‘Rest Day’.
- He once revealed that his mother used to collect his press clippings.
- The 54-year-old was retired hurt during his debut Test match.
- He has the merit of scoring one of the slowest Test tons, which came in 500 minutes at Harare, Zimbabwe.
Net worth of Sanjay Manjrekar
Sanjay Manjrekar is one of the renowned and experienced commentators in cricketing world. The natural source of his income is through commentary. He works for number of leading broadcasting companies. According to some reports, $2,500 is the match day fees of Sanjay Manjrekar. The total fees goes upto $55,810 per series. Reports indicate the yearly salary of Sanjay goes upto $1 million. Sanjay was appointed as a commentator by ICC for ongoing World Cup in England and Wales. Three Indian commentators, including former captain Sourav Ganguly, Harsha Bhogle and Sanjay Manjrekar are part of the 24-member commentator’s list for the ICC TV.
Autobiography of Sanjay Manjrekar
In 2018, Sanjay Manjrekar, released his autobiography named ‘Imperfect’. The book explains the impact of his father, Vijay Manjrekar, a former Test cricketer, on his life. He has also revealed a lot of inside tales about cricket in Mumbai, international cricket and his time in the commentary box. To sum up quickly, it covers much more than just the way in which Sanjay’s career plummeted. Dilip Vengsarkar, his first international skipper and the man who backed his presence in the face of strong opposition from other selectors, launched the book published by Harper Collins.
Social Media: Sanjay Manjrekar
"By bits 'n' pieces of sheer brilliance, he's ripped me apart on all fronts."@sanjaymanjrekar has something to say to @imjadeja after the all-rounder's fantastic performance against New Zealand.#INDvNZ | #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/i96h5bJWpE
— ICC (@ICC) July 10, 2019
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) June 13, 2019
Vizag ritual- With the lovely ladies who keep the ground in immaculate condition. pic.twitter.com/DZYNHNCM3J
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) May 11, 2019
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) March 6, 2019
Paperback edition of IMPERFECT is out now. ? pic.twitter.com/TxtshHmdlD
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) February 8, 2019