Cricketer Ravindra Jadeja has lashed out at commentator Sanjay Manjrekar after the former Test player called the all-rounder a “bits and pieces player.” Jadeja, who is part of India’s World Cup squad, has not featured in the playing XI so far, but has done well as a substitute fielder, most notably taking a brilliant catch to dismiss England’s Jason Roy. “Still I have played twice the number of matches you have played and I’m still playing. Learn to respect ppl who have achieved.i have heard enough of your verbal diarrhoea,” Jadeja tweeted tagging Manjrekar.
Still i have played twice the number of matches you have played and i m still playing. Learn to respect ppl who have achieved.i have heard enough of your verbal diarrhoea.@sanjaymanjrekar
— Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) July 3, 2019
After India’s defeat to England, batting coach Sanjay Bangar had hinted that Jadeja might be played against Bangladesh. In response to this, Manjrekar had said that he was not too keen to see a “bits and pieces” player in the playing XI.
“I am not a big fan of bits and pieces players which Jadeja is at this point of his career in 50-over cricket. In Test matches, he is a pure bowler. But in 50-over cricket, I would rather have a batsman and a spinner,” he had said.
In 151 ODIs, Jadeja has scored 2035 runs and taken 174 wickets, while Manjrekar played 74 matches scoring 1994 runs.
Manjrekar has been at the receiving end of fans’ criticism for his “biased” commentary before as well.
Manjrekar had called MS Dhoni’s approach in the match against England “baffling” and also questioned Rahul’s performance as an opener.
Manjrekar had tweeted after the England game, “Here’s something interesting about Dhoni – 41 off 87 balls v spin this WC. But in the warm-up games 69 off 56 balls v spin. That tells me it’s mental too. He does not put his wicket on the line as much in the big games.”
The former batsman also had his take after India’s win against Bangladesh on Tuesday. “Even after today’s win a few issues that need to be addressed for India to become a fool proof team. Rahul still not convincing as opener, Shami as death bowler is a concern now & the Dhoni conundrum,” Manjrekar said.