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IPL 2019: Sanjay Manjrekar Faces Heat For Joseph vs Malinga Tweet
By CricShots - Apr 16, 2019 6:29 pm
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Alzarri Joseph proved his worth immediately in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) by recording the best bowling figures in the history of IPL in his debut match against SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH). In his debut match, Joseph claimed 6 wickets for 12 runs in 3.4 overs to better Sohail Tanvir’s record of 6/14 for Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the IPL’s inaugural edition in 2008. He annihilated SRH batsmen as he became the second man to take a five-wicket haul on IPL debut.

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Suddenly, Mumbai Indians (MI) had a selection headache with the returning Lasith Malinga having to sit out because of Joseph’s mind-boggling spell. Joseph’s joy was short-lived though as the young Windies pacer bowled just two overs against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), conceding 22 runs.

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After the match, the veteran commentator Sanjay Manjrekar questioned the selection of Joseph ahead of Malinga. The commentator opined that Mumbai’s decision to pick the West Indian was based on “emotions” and not “cricket logic”.

Fans came in their numbers to remind Manjrekar that selecting Lasith Malinga over Joseph, a bowler who in his previous match grabbed the IPL’s best bowling figures 6-12, was the emotional decision and not the other way around.

However, Manjrekar was not done just yet. Following Mumbai Indians’ win over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Monday night, where Malinga took four wickets for 31 runs, Majrekar took to Twitter again.  He pointed to Twitter fans that his earlier stand on Malinga stood warranted thanks to the Sri Lankan’s performance against RCB at the Wankhede.

However, fans were having none of it and continued to troll the cricket-turned-commentator.

Mumbai Indians’ selection headaches eased as Joseph had to be ruled out of IPL 2019 with a shoulder injury, who took a bad tumble while trying to prevent the ball from reaching the boundary in an IPL game between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) on April 13.