Sanjay Manjrekar, the Indian commentator, didn’t have the greatest of times in the 2019 World Cup. He has been a recipient of criticism, not once, not twice, but plenty of times for showing biases while being on air. It all started when he called MS Dhoni a ‘watchdog behind the stumps’ after which a fan even complained about him to the International Cricket Council (ICC), the apex cricket board.
Things got a bit ugly after Manjrekar called Ravindra Jadeja a ‘bits and pieces player’. He showed his disliking towards Jadeja, whom he believed to be a pure bowler in Tests and not someone for ODI cricket. The stern words didn’t go down well with Jadeja by any stretch of the imagination. The 30-year-old Jadeja put up a message on Twitter, tagging Manjrekar, answering the critics.
Jadeja asked the commentator to respect people with achievements and also reminded him of the number of games both have played at the international level. Manjrekar’s harsh comments also spurred his confidence, which showed in the World Cup. After the Men in Blue qualified for the semis, Jadeja got his chances to show his mettle in the match against Sri Lanka at the Headingley in Leeds.
Jadeja answers Manjrekar with the bat
However, it was in the semi-final against New Zealand where he put forth his A-game. The southpaw scored 77 runs, though India floundered in their run-chase and bowed out of the mega event. Later, Manjrekar admitted that Jadeja ripped him apart into ‘bits and pieces’ from all counts. A few days ago, Manjrekar turned 54 and even on the auspicious occasion, the netizens trolled him.
But it wasn’t the end of criticism. On July 14, the curtains came down on the World Cup with the Final between New Zealand and England at the Lord’s in London. The Three Lions clinched the game in the Super Over and won the championship for the first time. After the conclusion of the mega event, Manjrekar thanked everyone for their love and support in ‘bits and pieces’.
Even then, the people lashed out at him and asked him to quit commentary. Manjrekar put up a message on Twitter, and wrote “And guys, that’s a wrap on what’s been a fantastic World Cup! Thanks so much for your company & also for the love, even if it may have come in bits and pieces.” On the post, the netizens bashed him severely.
Here is Manjrekar’s tweet
And guys, that’s a wrap on what’s been a fantastic World Cup! Thanks so much for your company & also for the love, even if it may have come in bits and pieces.😉
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) July 15, 2019
Here is how Twitterati reacted
Plz commentary se retire ho jao match mute mein dekhna padta hain.🙏🙏🙏
— Dev.S. (@Dev10599367) July 15, 2019
So, sanjay manjrekar loved abuses in bits and pieces.
— Kejriwal Jong Un (@LagbhagSecular) July 15, 2019
Take retirement from commentary plz
— bhai Saheb (@Bhai_saheb) July 15, 2019
Stop milking it. You're supposed to make it a better experience for the viewers, not a bitter experience. Hopefully along with Team India you re-evaluate how you go about things as well.
— Maneesh (@Maneesh1G) July 15, 2019
You are (were) neither a good crickter nor a good commentator. I always mute my tv when you start talking.
— Tintin Biswas 🇮🇳 (@BiswasTintin) July 15, 2019
Showing Manjrekar commentary to others pic.twitter.com/eL9bJ4tqsq
— Ram (@Ram_2605) July 15, 2019
‘Intent’ and ‘Bits and pieces’ are the words to b learnt from this year’s #CWC19.
— cricketncricket (@cricketncricket) July 15, 2019
— Vishal Jain (@debunking_truth) July 15, 2019
Finally some relief for ears ..we're really fed up with ur baseless and intentless commentary ..
— shrikantsonune (@shrikantsonune1) July 15, 2019
India walo se Pakistan k baad sabse zada gaali khaane wala insaan
— Ashish Chandoke (@ashishchandoke) July 15, 2019
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