The former cricketer-turned-commentator, Sanjay Manjrekar is well known for his bold and quirky comments on air. However, his words have often led him in trouble.
During the 2019 World Cup in England, Manjrekar’s “bits and pieces” remark on Indian all-rounder, Ravindra Jadeja had sparked a big controversy.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) even dropped him from the commentary panel before the three-match ODI series against South Africa in March.
However, the 55-year-old is now back in the commentary box for the ongoing India-Australia series Down Under. In his recent interview with The Hindu, when Manjrekar was once again asked about Jadeja, he clarified that he doesn’t have any problem with the 31-year-old cricketer but when it comes to white-ball cricket, he does not prefer Jadeja’s “kind of players”.
“My selection and thoughts are based on a principle that I have learned over the years. If you have specialists who can walk-in based on one discipline, you fill your team with those players. I do not have a problem with Jadeja; I have a problem with his kind of players in white-ball cricket.”
“Even Hardik Pandya will not be in my team. They add illusory value to the team.” Manjrekar added.
Meanwhile, Jadeja played a knock of 24 runs off 11 deliveries in the second ODI against Australia on Sunday. He struck two sixes and a boundary before losing his wicket to the world-class pacer, Pat Cummins