Sanjay Manjrekar’s tweet on Ravindra Jadeja didn’t go well down with netizens as they slammed the Indian veteran for having a go at the Indian all-rounder.
India and Australia are currently battling it out in the first of the three-match ODI series at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney. This is the first international assignment for Team India since the COVID-19 induced hiatus in March. On the other hand, Australia last played an ODI series in September against England which they clinched by a 2-1 margin. As far as the recent meetings between these two sides are concerned, the two cricketing giants competed in a three-match ODI series in January which India won 2-1.
Twitterati roast Sanjay Manjrekar for undermining Ravindra Jadeja
Ahead of the series, there were uncertainties about India’s team combination due to Rohit Sharma’s absence. Fans, as well as, cricketing pundits came up with their probable XIs for the first ODI. Former cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar also came up with his probable XI for the India vs Australia 1st ODI.
Manjrekar picked his playing XI where he took a subtle jibe at Ravindra Jadeja by mentioning that he is picking his probable XI based on the principle of playing specialists. His predicted XI included Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah and Navdeep Saini/Shardul Thakur. Moreover, besides Kuldeep’s name in the tweet, Manjrekar mentioned that Kohli will go with Jadeja.
In fact, when one of the Twitter users pointed out how Jadeja can cover all bases and be vital in Aussie conditions, Manjrekar said that India can use him as a substitute fielder.
Sanjay Manjrekar’s tweet didn’t go well down with the Twitterati. Several reactions poured in as fans slammed the veteran commentator for having a go at Jadeja. Let’s take a look at a few reactions.
This is not the first time that Manjrekar has expressed his apparent dislike for Jadeja. During the 2019 World Cup, Manjrekar had called the Indian all-rounder a bits-and-pieces player which has caused a huge controversy. Moreover, in November 2019, he questioned Harsha Bhogle’s credentials on-air while commentating in the historic India-Bangladesh pink-ball Test.
Manjrekar was subsequently sacked by the BCCI ahead of the India-South Africa series in March, which was called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the former cricketer is back in the commentary box for the India-Australia series.