All eyes were on cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar when the Indian all-rounder, Ravindra Jadeja came out to bowl on Saturday against Sri Lanka at Headingley Cricket Ground. He was included in the playing XI – much to the excitement of fans and critics alike as he has missed the earlier games for Indian in the ongoing ICC World Cup.
Aakash Chopra asked the question about the inclusion of Jadeja in the game. Manjrekar said, “Yes, I already told that Jadeja deserve each and every match in this World Cup due to his both batting and bowling ability.”
Here is the clip of that video:
— Deepak Bhakhar (@deepak_bhakhar) July 6, 2019
It all began when Manjrekar called Jadeja a ‘bits and pieces’ player and said like he doesn’t like the player of his quality. The commentator said that he considered the all-rounder as a pure bowler in Test cricket, but he has not been the same in ODIs. Manjrekar said that he would rather have a batsman and a spinner in 50-overs cricket.
The words made Jadeja furious as he slammed the veteran commentator, highlighting the number of matches both has played over their career. While Jadeja has played 151 ODIs, 41 Tests and 40 T20Is for the Men in Blue at the highest level, Manjrekar had donned the national jersey in 37 Tests and 74 ODIs. Jaddu tweeted, “Still I have played twice the number of matches you have played and I m still playing. Learn to respect ppl who have achieved.i have heard enough of your verbal diarrhoea. @sanjaymanjrekar”.
Here is Jadeja’s tweet:
Still i have played twice the number of matches you have played and i m still playing. Learn to respect ppl who have achieved.i have heard enough of your verbal diarrhoea.@sanjaymanjrekar
— Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) July 3, 2019
Come Saturday, cricket fans in India were more interested in the banter between Jadeja and Manjrekar rather than the team’s final group stage match with the Lankans. Even the broadcasters constantly had the cameras stuck on Jadeja and even attributed “Jadeja’s influence” on the field that helped Jasprit Bumrah scalping Sri Lanka’s first wicket.
" Great fielding by Jadeja. He bats, bowls and fields. Terrific asset to Indian team " ~ Sourav Ganguly
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) July 6, 2019
After saying that he was not a fan of “bits and pieces player”, which in his view Ravindra Jadeja is at this moment in his career, Manjrekar decided to include the all-rounder in his India playing XI for World Cup 2019 semi-finals. Manjrekar tweeted his India XI after after Ravindra Jadeja’s fine bowling performance against Sri Lanka on Saturday.
Trying to predict Indian team for the semis. Let’s see how many I get right. Do send yours too. Will retweet a few.
*If pitch is not a turner.
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) July 6, 2019
When Jadeja came out to bowl his first over, he deceived Kusal Mendis in the 11th over and MSDhoni completed a routine stumping. It was a moment everyone had been unwittingly waiting since Jadeja’s arrival in the team. Manjrekar, who was seated in the commentary box, couldn’t help but heap praises on the all-rounder.
The Jadeja Vs Manjrekar banter deserved a different venue altogether and fans on Twitter would agree.
I see you have picked that bits and pieces cricketer !!! 😜 https://t.co/ChwxTgH76Y
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 6, 2019
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) July 4, 2019
Jadeja picks a wicket in the very 1st over of his World Cup.
Manjrekar in the commentary box having to praise him. Priceless.#INDvSL
— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) July 6, 2019
If you ever thought your existence was painful, just switch on the TV & watch Manjrekar doing commentary while Jadeja is bowling beautifully 🙂#INDvSL
— Shridhar V (@iimcomic) July 6, 2019
Jadeja takes wicket in the first over of his bowling.
Sanjay Manjrekar right now- pic.twitter.com/NEplOJaush
— IRONY MAN (@karanku100) July 6, 2019
— Sam~wise (@Samy_sayz) July 6, 2019
Manjrekar 😂😂😂😂😂 Jadeja 🤯😂😂😂😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣🤣
"The ball turned and it's a good wicket. Pitch is tailoured made for Jadeja": Manjrekar #cwc19
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) July 6, 2019
— Halwa (@ugly_bald_guy) July 6, 2019
Whenever you feel that your job sucks, remember there is Sanjay Manjrekar who is praising Jadeja in commentary box when he takes wicket. 😂#INDvSL
— IRONY MAN (@karanku100) July 6, 2019
— Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) July 6, 2019
Hahah. Manjrekar's face when he came to now Jadeja is playing. #IndvSL
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) July 6, 2019
Am hoping Jadeja will do his Bits today And shred the Sri Lankan middle order to Pieces.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) July 6, 2019
— Babubhaiyaa (@Uthaleredeva92) July 6, 2019