There are some people who have the luxury of having cricketers at home and Sanjay Manjrekar is one of them. His father, Vijay Manjrekar was a famous cricketer before Sanjay Manjrekar himself marked a name for himself after having played for India for about 9 years.
The elegant batsman was seen as the next best thing in the Indian cricket history when he made his debut in 1987 and went on to complete 1000 ODI runs before playing 30 ODI games but just couldn’t hold on to the form that he showed during the initial stage of his career and faded away slowly.
After getting done with his cricketing career, Sanjay went on to become one of the popular and successful cricket broadcasters for India. His insights on the game are widely appreciated and have been a commentator for about 20 years now.
Name: Sanjay Manjrekar
Role: Right-hand top-order batsman
Height: 5’10 (1.78 m)
Weight: 72 Kg
Eye color: Black
Hair color: Black
Date of Birth: 12th July 1965
Sanjay Manjrekar Age (as of June 2020): 54 years
Birth place: Mangalore, India
Zodiac sign: Cancer
Sanjay Manjrekar Father: Vijay Manjrekar
Mother: Rekha Manjrekar
Sister: Not Known
Brother: Not known
Coach: Subhash Bandiwadekar
Test: 25th November 1987 vs West Indies
ODI: 5th January 1988 vs West Indies
Sanjay Manjrekar used to play cricket right from his childhood, after all, born in a cricketing family, it was the expected thing from him. He represented his school and college and went on to debut for Mumbai in Ranji trophy in 1985. His maiden first-class century came a year later against Baroda.
He soon found himself in the Indian team in 1987 in a test match against West Indies and he saw a slow rise in his career until his slowest ton against Zimbabwe in 1992 in a test match that saw the decline of him. He finally retired in 1996.
Likes to play against: South Africa
Major teams: India, Mumbai, West Zone.
Sanjay Manjrekar stats and records
• In 37 tests, the right-hand batsman managed to score 2043 runs at an average of 36.48 including 9 half-centuries and 4 centuries.
• In 74 ODIs that he played for India, his tally includes 1994 runs at an average of 33.23 with a solitary century and 15 half-centuries.
• He had a brilliant year in 1989 where he scored a century against West Indies in Bridgetown against the bowling attack that comprised of Courtney Walsh, Curtley Ambrose, Malcolm Marshall and Ian Bishop. In the same year, he took on the other fearsome attack in Pakistan who had the likes of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, and Imran Khan where he scored a century and a double century.
Favourite Batsman: Sunil Gavaskar
Favourite commentators: Harsha Bhogle, Ravi Shastri
Favourite singers: Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar
Marital status: Married
Sanjay Manjrekar Wife: Madhavi
Children: Siddharth (son)
Wedding anniversary picture captioned:
‘My longest partnership. #weddinganniversary’
Sanjay Manjrekar Jadeja Bits and Pieces Controversy
• The incident of calling Indian all-rounder in Ravindra Jadeja as a ‘bits and pieces’ didn’t go well with fans and Jadeja as he faced backlash
Sanjay Manjrekar Brainless Pollard comment
The West Indian Kieron Pollard during IPL 2017 accused Manjrekar of calling him ‘brainless’ on commentary. Pollard exploded on Sanjay Manjrekar in a series of tweets.
In October 2016 Sania Mirza tweeted after completing 80 consecutive weeks as world’s no.1 tennis player, Manjrekar trying to correct her, said ‘she is the no.1 doubles player’. Sania Mirza took it as an insult to her achievements and replied by asking if he had any common sense left.
The latest one is him being disrespectful to Harsha Bhogle during the day-night test match against Bangladesh in Eden Gardens for which he received severe criticism from all the experts and fans around the world is another controversy.
Earlier in IPL 2016, Harsha Bhogle retweeted a tweet ‘commentary without Harsha is like Pizza without toppings’. Sanjay Manjrekar did not like it and expressed his views but ended up being trolled by Harsha Bhogle’s followers
Sanjay Manjrekar Autobiography: Imperfect
Sanjay Manjrekar holds the most unwanted record of the slowest century by an Indian in test match history. He scored a 397 ball 100 against Zimbabwe in 1992 which is still a record for the slowest century by an Indian, 5th slowest overall.