After calling Ravindra Jadeja a bit-and-pieces cricketer, commentator Sanjay Manjrekar said he was a street-smart cricketer after the all-rounder claimed a wicket in his first over of India’s final group match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup against Sri Lanka at Leeds on Saturday.
Before India’s game against Bangladesh, Manjrekar had said “I am not a big fan of bits and pieces players which Jadeja is at this point of his career in 50-over cricket. In Test matches, he is a pure bowler. But in 50-over cricket, I would rather have a batsman and a spinner.”
Ravindra Jadeja, who played his first game in the World Cup against Sri Lanka on Saturday, responded with a sharp message on Twitter.
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
When Jadeja came to bowl in the 11th over on Saturday, he struck on his fourth ball claiming Kusal Mendis as MS Dhoni completed the stumping, Manjrekar on-air said “Jadeja is a quick bowler and this is a pitch that’s going to turn. Of the 3 spinning options India have – Kuldeep Yadav and Chahal have been the game-changers for India in the middle for India in the last 18 months.”
“Come the semi-finals and finals, although he has been one with the higher average, Kuldeep and Chahal get more wickets, and have their average as a result under 30. India are assuming they are going to play England at Edgbaston, a small ground where the ball will turn for the spinners.
“They won’t have the heart to play both wrist-spinners especially the England played those two wrist-spinners in the last game so I see Jadeja as a good compromise, a good option. He can keep the runs down when the pitch is turning.”
“He will be a force.. just have to contend with people like Morgan and Stokes. So Virat Kohli will have to bowl him at the right time as well.”
Social media found Sanjay’s sudden u-turn hilarious :-
— Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) 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
— Madhav (@madh_v) July 6, 2019
Source : Various