The battle between Sanjay Manjrekar and Ravindra Jadeja doesn’t seem to end anytime soon. Both the stalwarts clashed with each other on social media especially after Manjrekar’s opinion on Jadeja turned from bad to worse.
Nobody will have predicted Sanjay to have a go at Jadeja. It all started when the cricketer-turned-commentator called Jadeja as a ‘bits and pieces’ cricketer during ICC World Cup 2019.
The tweet soon went viral on social media and drew so much negativity. Sanjay was on the receiving end of trolls and abuses for his infamous remark on Jadeja. Even Jadeja couldn’t resist the tweet as he came up with an epic reply to Manjrekar on Twitter.
The star all-rounder wrote “enough of your verbal diarrhoea”. Though Jadeja proved the commentator wrong by putting on a good show in the last year’s marquee event, Manjrekar still didn’t take back his words.
Players like Jadeja add illusory value: Manjrekar
After several months, Sanjay Manjrekar opened up the same topic by clarifying that he has no personal issue with Jadeja. But at the same time, he echoed that he was against players like him in limited-overs cricket.
Manjrekar backed his claim by saying that players like Jadeja and Hardik Pandya will add illusory value. However, the duo proved Sanjay wrong by putting on a match-winning 150-run stand in the dead-rubber ODI.
Hardik Pandya scored an unbeaten 92 whereas Ravindra Jadeja scored 66. Pandya was the Player of the Match. India steered clear of humiliation by winning the final ODI by 13 runs against Australia.
Sanjay blames Jadeja for Ashwin’s failures
Meanwhile, the cricketer-turned-commentator has now blamed Jadeja for Ashwin’s failures. Ashwin’s batting woes continued again as he struggled to score runs against Australia. He managed to score just 15 in the first innings and followed by a duck in the second.
India was skittled out for 36 in the second innings, which was their lowest ever score in Tests. Although Ashwin failed with the bat, he was the pick of the bowlers for the visitors. He picked up 4 wickets in the first innings followed by a wicket in the next innings.
“Batsmen have an average of 35 and that was Ashwin’s average till 2016. So, he was almost playing the role of an all-rounder. He had four centuries, all against West Indies, and 10 fifties for a match-winning bowler,” Sanjay was quoted as saying on the Sony Sports network.
“But I have a theory that after 2017, Jadeja as a batsman has started to come ahead of him and has developed as a batsman. That means Ashwin’s number went a little down and after that, I feel his motivation for batting went down.
“He is also thinking somewhere or the other that he should concentrate on bowling. There is extra pressure on his bowling now. Earlier if one spinner was to be picked, Ravichandran Ashwin was an automatic choice but now Jadeja is fighting with him in Tests,” Sanjay concluded.