A week ago no one could’ve predicted that one silly comment is going to haunt former Indian cricketer, Sanjay Manjrekar this much. The Indian commentator took a dig at the veteran all-rounder, Ravindra Jadeja earlier during the 2019 ICC World Cup, calling him a ‘bits and pieces’ player and saying that he doesn’t like such players. The Indian all-rounder has now seemingly replied to him in some fashion.
The whole of India would’ve paid an immense amount of thanks to Jadeja if the men in blue had gone on to win the semi-final tie against New Zealand in the ongoing ICC World Cup. The men in blue were reeling after losing almost their entire top order early. Nonetheless, in came Jadeja and hit a mind-boggling fifty with his bat. He then celebrated the same in style before gesturing wildly towards the commentary box, where Manjrekar seems to have been sitting.
Here is the video of the same:
Jaddu's 50…!! pic.twitter.com/6J7niqS28b
— Vidshots (@Vidshots1) July 10, 2019
While India’s batting left many fans disappointed after their top four — Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul — departed cheaply, Jadeja did the rescue act with MS Dhoni (50), scoring 77 off 59 balls. Many hailed the cricketer for helping India reach close to its target. However, some also went on to take a dig at Manjrekar for his earlier comment on the all-rounder. “Bits and pieces firing in bits and pieces,” read one of the many comments mocking Manjrekar.
Nonetheless, fans were quick to spot Jadeja’s particularly emphatic celebration and went on social media to say the same.
Here are some of the best social reactions:
I believe this is what that little gesture to the commentary box from Jadeja was all about…… https://t.co/aN5nw6DdfD
— Simon Evans (@sgevans) July 10, 2019
That Jadeja celebration addressing the commentary box – inject that into my veins. 💉💉💉 #CWC19
— Manya (@CSKian716) July 10, 2019
— Shashank Rayal 🇮🇳 (@shashankrayal) July 10, 2019
Someone in the commentary box is being shredded to…bits and pieces.
— Nishant Kaushik (@nofreecopies) July 10, 2019
Somebody give @sanjaymanjrekar a helmet in the commentary box.
— Elroy J (@TheElroy) July 10, 2019
— Sravan Nowgari (@SravanNowgari) July 10, 2019
Bits and pieces performs ! Looking at the commentary box ! @sanjaymanjrekar
Swearing his sword 🗡
JADDU ! 🌟🔥💙
— Sanjay Karthik (@_sanzee_) July 10, 2019
— Saif Sheikh 👁️ (@saiffcasm) July 10, 2019
Eventually, Team India lost the game by 18 runs as both Dhoni and Jadeja were dismissed in the 49th and 48th over respectively. Dhoni’ run-out also proved to be crucial. New Zealand victory means they have made it through to their second consecutive Cricket World Cup final, having done the same four years earlier.