Former Indian cricketer, Sanjay Manjrekar went on record to acknowledge that he has had a terrible year as an analyst and as a commentator in 2019. During India’s first-ever Day-Night Test in Kolkata, Manjrekar got engaged in an on-air argument with fellow commentator Harsha Bhogle over reviewing pink-ball cricket after India’s first outing under lights in the longest format of the game.
The former India batsman, while reviewing India’s performance on ESPNcricinfo’s podcast, apologized for his what he said to Harsha Bhogle during the Day-Night Test in Kolkata. Speaking on the podcast, Manjrekar termed his behavior as “unprofessional” and “indecent” and said that he regrets questioning Harsha Bhogle’s knowledge of cricket.
During the podcast, Manjrekar said, “This has been the worst year for me as an analyst and as a commentator. One thing I pride myself on is professionalism and with that particular comment, it was me losing control and I was unprofessional, I was wrong and it is something that I regret. It was wrong of me and it is what really bothers me I let my emotions get the better of me. Mostly being unprofessional and to an extent indecent as well.”
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Manjrekar said that after realizing his mistake, he immediately apologized to the producer.
The veteran commentator added, “The first thing I did was to apologize to the producer that I was working with because it was wrong.”
On India’s performance this year, Manjrekar said that he was impressed with the setup that the team management has formed in the T20Is. He also backed KL Rahul to continue as an opener along with Rohit Sharma in the shortest format of the game.