Domestic cricket legend Amol Muzumdar, who was on commentary duty during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 match between Delhi and Haryana on Sunday, took a jibe at Sanjay Manjrekar’s disrespectful words for Harsha Bhogle earlier in the day. When asked a question about Rishabh Pant’s India career, Muzumdar said with a laugh: “How will I know? I have never played at that level.”
Muzumdar was implicitly referring to the disagreement between commentators Sanjay Manjrekar and Harsha Bhogle during India’s Test against Bangladesh over the pink ball. Bhogle had said that players need to be asked about the visibility of the pink ball. Manjrekar had replied to this by saying that Bhogle might have reason to ask, but those who had played international cricket would know that there was no problem of visibility.
Rishabh Pant, opening the innings for Delhi on Sunday, struggled to find runs, eventually getting out for 28 off 32 balls, in a chase of 182. Delhi lost the match by 31 runs.
Muzumdar was asked by his colleague on air: “Pant is used to facing the express pace of India bowlers in the nets & international bowlers. How should he adjust to the lack of pace here?”
Muzumdar replied: “How will I know? I have never played at that level.” He then said with a laugh he would come up with a more reasoned answer after coverage resumed after the break between overs.
Muzumdar is considered to be one of the best Indian batsmen never to have played for India. Once part of a trio that also included Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli in Mumbai’s cricket circles, Muzumdar has also served as batting coach for several teams like South Africa and Rajasthan Royals.