Cricketer turned full-time broadcaster Sanjay Manjreker is often criticised for making controversial comments. From criticising Raindra Jadeja to questioning Harsha Bhogle’s credentials – as a cricketer – Manjrekar had few controversial on-air incidents in 2019.
His bits and pieces comment on Ravindra Jadeja turned into a big controversy as the India all-rounder hit back on Twittter and mentioned that he has played more cricket than Manjrekar.
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
To add to it, he came up with a heroic knock of 77 in the semi-final against New Zealand. Reacting to the Jadeja controversy for the first time, Manjekar clarified that he meant what he said on the air and there was no question of clarifying it. In 2017, Manjrekar had met Kieron Pollard during IPL 2017 as he misunderstood the former cricketer.
“No, I don’t think it has happened (Manjrekar on getting a chance to meet Jadeja). With Pollard, it happened because he misunderstood me. there was no misunderstanding here, I have said it exactly what Jadeja heard so there is no question of trying to….,” he told ESPNcricinfo.
“The thing is I gave an interview to a random news channel and that line got picked up. Player was upset. Bits and pieces was something lot of people used. When I say it was a terrible year for me, I gave that comment and very next day Jadeja, in that semi-final, played an absolute blinder of an innings. The kind of innings we have never seen from him,” Manjrekar added.
'It's been the worst year for me as analyst and commentator'
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) December 30, 2019
On any other day, the team management and the players would have questioned Jadeja but since they thought that the all-rounder was right in criticising Manjrekar, the team stood behind the all-rounder and he had the full backing of the members of the backroom staff.
Jadeja, who wasn’t initially a member of the Australia ODIs before World Cup, made it to the WC squad and played two matches. He scored 77 runs in his only innings and scalped two wickets.
He is now a permanent member of Team India across formats but questions have been raised over his T20 performances – he was also dropped from playing XI for the third T20I against West Indies.