Sanjay Manjrekar
Sanjay Manjrekar. Picture Credit: BCCI

Last Update on: September 2nd, 2023 at 05:54 pm

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Former Pakistan captain, Wasim Akram trolled Sanjay Manjrekar after he made a pitch report of the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy on Saturday (September 2nd) before the start of the most anticipated match in the Asia Cup 2023 between India and Pakistan.

While speaking on Star Sports, Wasim Akram said that if the former Pakistani player was a batter then he would be very confused after listening to Sanjay Manjrekar’s pitch report.

Wasim Akram questioned Sanjay Manjrekar’s spinners will get turn and batters will score hundred and the pacers will get pace comment during the pitch report.

“If I was a batter, I’d be very confused after listening to that pitch report. It will swing, the spinners will get a turn, it might be two-paced and the batters will score a hundred?” Akram said.

The captain winning the toss might prefer to bowl first: Sanjay Manjrekar

The former Indian batsman termed the pitch as a unique pitch, where both batsmen and bowlers, including pacers and spinners, will get an advantage on the crease.

Before the start of the match, Manjrekar predicted that the captain who would win the toss would choose to bowl first. However, India opted to bat first after winning the toss and even Babar Azam expressed that he would have chosen to bat first if he won the toss.

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“A high-quality and unique pitch. Fast bowlers can get some seam, the spinners will get some turn, and a good batter can also score a century on this wicket. With DLS in the picture, the captain winning the toss might prefer to bowl first,” Sanjay Manjrekar said during the pitch report.

In the first inning of the match between India and Pakistan, India suffered at first and lost two wickets after Shaheen Afridi displayed a stunning first few overs performance. Afridi dismissed both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.

However, Haris Rauf removed Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer. In the first 20 overs of the match, India lost four wickets and scored 102 runs. Hardik Pandya and Ishan Kishan are on the crease for the Men in Blues and looking forward to making a solid partnership to lead India to a better place.