Sanjay Manjrekar has made headlines yet again, that too for his fresh dig at India & CSK allrounder Ravindra Jadeja. According to the former Indian cricketer, Jadeja is just a “medium pace bully” & ‘can’t hit quality pacers’. Manjrekar made these comments in reference to Jadeja’s match-winning knock for CSK vs KKR as he scored quickfire 22.
Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, Sanjay Manjrekar expressed his doubts about whether Ravindra Jadeja can continue his good form against quality pace bowling. The former Indian cricketer turned commentator said, “I am still not convinced about Jadeja’s batting, especially the role CSK has given him. If he gets the same role in every match, will he be able to continue with his performances against the quality pace bowlers or not? Because so far, he has pounced on bowlers like Prasidh Krishna and Harshal Patel. It remains to be seen whether he will be as attacking as well against the quick pacers who try to attack him.”
Jadeja slammed Prasidh Krishna for 22 in the 19th over of CSK’s innings to reduce the equation from 26 off 12 to just four off the final over. The left-hander had previously hit Hashal Patel for 37 runs during the game against RCB in Phase 1. The all-rounder has dictated proceedings with the bat whenever the opportunity has been presented to him, scoring runs at an average of 59.66 and has accumulated 179 runs at a strike rate of 146.72.
But according to Manjrekar all these runs have come against Medium Pacers and that is the reason he called Jadeja ‘Medium Pace Bully’
Despite his consistent returns across all formats, Manjrekar’s criticism of Jadeja remains a feud that dates back to the 2019 World Cup in England.
- Sanjay Manjrekar had kicked off his feud with Jadeja by calling him a “bits and pieces” player during the 2019 World Cup.
- The comment did not go down well with the player and his fans.
- The left-hander had replied to the criticism on Twitter saying that the former cricketer has “verbal diarrhoea”.
- When Jadeja scored a crucial half-century against New Zealand in the semi-final, Indian cricketer later revealed that he searched for the commentator’s box while celebrating his half-century.
The former Indian cricketer however did reserve praise for the Chennai Super Kings star, suggesting that the left-hander was an asset with the ball in hand. He said, “The crucial thing Jadeja has done in his last two matches is he’s completed his full quota of overs. CSK skipper MS Dhoni breathes a sigh of relief when Jadeja bowls his four overs in the match. If Jadeja continues to bowl his full quota of overs, he becomes a valuable asset for his side.”