Time and again, former Indian cricketer turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar has come under the scanner for his comments on star Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. It was during the 2019 ODI World Cup when Manjrekar stirred an ugly controversy by citing that the Indian all-rounder is still a ‘bits and pieces’ cricketer.
Manjrekar has once again caught all the attention with his comments stating that he is still not convinced with Jadeja’s batting. Manjrekar’s comment came only a few days after Jadeja’s match-winning knock against KKR recently. During the match, Jadeja smashed 22 runs off just nine balls, hitting 2 fours and as many sixes.
While Jadeja has been receiving praises from all corners, former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar still has doubts if Ravindra Jadeja will be able to dominate the same way against real fast bowlers. He 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,”
Furthermore, Sanjay Manjrekar also acknowledged the fact that Ravindra Jadeja becomes an asset for his team when he bowls his four overs in T20 format. Jadeja has bowled decently well in the ongoing season, having picked seven wickets to his name in the 33 overs he has bowled so far. Talking about the same, Manjrekar 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,”