Former Indian cricketer turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar, who never shies away from giving his bold opinions regarding cricketers and the game, said that he doesn’t like Jasprit Bumrah when he gets angry on-field.
Well, Sanjay Manjrekar’s comments came after Jasprit Bumrah was involved in a heated exchange of words on-field with Marco Jansen on Day 3 of the ongoing second Test match against South Africa.
The incident took place during the 54th over of India’s second innings in the second Test in Johannesburg. Bumrah was also hit on the arms and shoulder when he failed to make connect. It was after that, Bumrah exchanged a few heated words with Jansen.
Speaking on ESPNcricinfo, Sanjay Manjrekar talked about the incident and said that he doesn’t like the angry version of Jasprit Bumrah, who doesn’t lose his cool in situations like these. He said:
“This anger thing is interesting. It happened in England as well. I don’t like this side of Bumrah. It’s a side of Bumrah I don’t want to see too much. I like it when things get really hot, he has a smile on his face, like he usually does,”
Jasprit Bumrah, who was very impressed with the ball during the first Test match in Centurion, couldn’t do much with the ball in the second game. The sensational bowler only picked just one wicket in the first innings, while he is yet to open his account in the second innings of the ongoing game (till the end of Day 3).
Sanjay Manjrekar also spoke about Bumrah’s bowling in the second innings of Proteas. Talking about it, he said that he isn’t worried about Bumrah’s control but also accepted that he was surprised to see. He said:
“There’s never a problem with Bumrah not having any control. He will always pitch the ball where he wants to. I am a little concerned that nothing much is happening after the ball is pitching where he wants to. I’d like to see the ball rear in, jagging back off the seam or leaving the right-hander, I’d like him to use a little more crease.”
He added: “The amount of times Shardul Thakur beat the bat tells you that Bumrah is just not getting enough reaction from the pitch for some reason,”