Ravindra Jadeja vs Sanjay Manjrekar: The verbal fight between Ravindra Jadeja and Sanjay Manjrekar erupted during ICC 2019 World Cup and instantly became a piece of front-page news in India. Manjrekar, totally untoward, said during commentating a game that he sees Jadejas “as a bits and pieces player”.
No need to mention that those disparaging comments didn’t go down well with Jadeja, with the all-rounder was later quoted as saying “he has had enough of his verbal diarrhoea.” Two years later, Jadeja has brought that infamous incident back into the limelight.
Jadeja sent a perfect reminder of his unique all-around skills when he played a super-clutch inning against New Zealand under the unimaginably pressure-cooking situation. Coming to bat at no-8, Jadeja played a whirlwind 77-run inning off just 59 balls to bring India within touching distance of winning the semi-final match.
Now, during an interview given to the Indian Express, Jadeja revealed that after hitting 50 against New Zealand, he was in fact looking to direct his sword celebration towards Sanjay Manjrekar in the commentary box.
“Tab toh Bhatta garam tha, na! (The Iron was hot back then!) I was searching for the commentary box. Then I thought, it must be somewhere there, only. And those who understand would know who I was targeting the celebration at!” Jadeja To The Indian Express.
Those comments by Sanjay Manjrekar on Ravindra Jadeja were totally unjustified. Jadeja has never been a bit and a part player. He has more than earned his place in the Indian team, across all formats.
Jadeja has taken a combined 347 wickets in just 267 games in all forms of international cricket and has racked up 4582 runs in the same number of games.
Jadeja burst onto the scene during IPL’s inaugural campaign in 2008 when he starred with both bat and ball to help Shane Warne’led Rajasthan Royals to the title glory. Jadeja hasn’t looked back since then as he became an indispensable part of both the Indian cricket team and Chennai Super Kings in the IPL.
Ravindra Jadeja In IPL: (As a batsman)
Ravindra Jadeja In IPL: (As a bowler)