Sanjay Manjrekar has picked three of the top moments from India’s tour of Australia overall in the three formats with India’s win at Melbourne being his best moment. His first pick was the famous comeback from Ajinkya Rahane’s led side at MCG after getting all out on 36 in the Adelaide Test. He mentioned about the 42 all out in 1974 where India failed to make a comeback but in this instance, it was a different scenario as India came back really strong to win the Boxing day test.
“My first one is to get all out on 36 and then to make a comeback in Melbourne. In 1974 when India was all out for 42, we lost the next Test match by an innings and 74 runs. But here we went on to win the next match in Melbourne. This was a historic moment because before that there was a historic loss,” said Sanjay Manjrekar on Sony Sport.
Sanjay Manjrekar’s Second Pick On Steve Smith Run Out
Sanjay Manjrekar picked the run out of Steve Smith after a bullet throw from Ravindra Jadeja as one of the best moments in the tour of Australia. Steve Smith was taking the match away from India with a brilliant hundred in the Sydney Test and Ravindra Jadeja pulled out a direct throw at an improbable angle from the Backward Square leg to dismiss Steve Smith who was short of the crease.
“My second moment is Steve Smith run out by Ravindra Jadeja, which I will remember for a long time. It was almost an impossible run-out that Jadeja did. I had got very excited when I was doing commentary, so it has stayed in my mind. Direct hit and the fastest throw,” Sanjay Manjrekar pointed out.
Hardik Pandya’s Outstanding Heroics In The Limited Overs Series
Sanjay Manjrekar’s third pick was the way Hardik Pandya batted in the limited-overs leg of the tour to Australia. Sanjay praised Hardik Pandya for showing maturity while playing as a pure batsman in the side in both the T20 as well as ODI formats. Hardik Pandya remained India’s highest run-getter in the ODI series with 210 runs in three matches.
“My third moment is Hardik Pandya’s success in the limited-overs series as a pure batsman. We had seen in the IPL that he can play as a pure batsman in T20s but there was a question if he can play as a pure batsman in 50-over cricket. But on this tour, we surely came to know that Hardik Pandya can play as a pure batsman in 50-over cricket as well,” concluded Manjrekar