Indian’s former batsman Sanjay Majrekar was a bit afraid of his late father Vijay, also a cricketer who played for nearly a decade for India reveals Sanjay Manjrekar at the launch of his autobiography “Imperfect” on Wednesday.
Talking about teh relation with his father, Sanjay said, “I had no plan of including him in my book at first. But then I decided to include all those who had made an impact on me. The strongest emotion I felt when near him was fear which was common (between father and son) in those days. The way he (late Vijay Manjrekar) handled me had a lot to do with my success as a cricketer. I’m happy that both my children have nothing to do with cricket and I had allowed them to chart their own careers.”
Sanjay featured in 37 Tests after making his debut in 1987, scored 2,043 runs with a career-best 218 against Imran Khan’s Pakistan at Lahore in 1989. He ended his career with an average of just over 37 with four centuries to his credit in 1996 at Ahmedabad when in his early thirties.
The outspoken Manjrekar was also open about his current chilly relationship with legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar who was his roommate as a 14-year-old at a tournament in Chennai. He said, “We bump into each other at grounds. He looks at me. I look at him. We are fine.”
Asked about the captain he was most impressed with, Manjrekar promptly said, “It’s a no-brainer. I am a fan of Imran Khan. I would have loved to play under him. Among the Indians, like Mahendra Singh Dhoni. I also would have liked to play under (current captain) Virat Kohli. He’s an in-your-face leader who hates losing games and gets very upset then.”
He also explained the book’s title, “Imperfect”, he said, “I realised quite late that trying to be perfect is impossible to achieve. I realised I was chasing a ghost or a mirage and that’s the reason I have named it `Imperfect’.”