Former Indian National Cricket Team player Sanjay Manjrekar was recently at the receiving end of trolls following his question regarding the one-day format of the game. Time and again the Twitterattis have found themselves in disagreement with Manjrekar and they have lashed out at him.
Manjrekar, who has 74 ODIs for India, is currently busy with his commentary assignment in the ongoing series between India and Australia. Soon after India’s victory in the first of the five-match series, Sanjay Manjrekar questioned the fifty-over format of the game. The former batsman wrote on Twitter that he feels the last ten overs as an extra burden on this format.
“Have always found 50 overs cricket 10 overs too long,” Manjrekar tweeted.
Have always found 50 overs cricket 10 overs too long.
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) March 2, 2019
Soon after his comments, Sanjay Manjrekar received a lot of flak on social media sites. In a time when people are more inclined in the shorter formats, people took a different stand and supported the original form of the game.
Here are the Twitter reactions:
This is what I say to my friend when you are commentating
— AKki (@CrickPotato) March 2, 2019
As a player you would have found 90 overs in an ODI too short for chasing a target.
Aur abhi dialogue 😂😂😂
— Alekhya Chakrabarty (@1984zkid) March 2, 2019
Cricket is the only sport I know of which is always being put down by the people within it…
— Rumel Rahman (@rshrahman) March 2, 2019
Sir 7 overs feel like 7 lives when you are in the commentary box
— Rookie (@rookie_tweet) March 2, 2019
Have always found you are an extra junk in my newsfeed
— maarthandan (@maarthandan) March 2, 2019
Yes, because you couldn’t even survive 10 overs
— Gautam (@gautam27march) March 2, 2019
Even when u were playing? Sabko batting ka chance chahiye bhai 🙂
— Jasoos Kutty (@JasoosKutty) March 2, 2019
In the initial years of his career, ODIs were 60 overs a side. And Sanjay Manjarekar's SR in the shorter format is legendary 🙂
— Anand Kochukudy (@AnandKochukudy) March 2, 2019
Even if ICC reads your tweet, they are not going to take your suggestion
— Ravindra dubey (@Ravindr27052542) March 2, 2019
I’ve often found your tweets 140 characters too long.
— Kris Johnson (@kjohno10) March 2, 2019
You can leave when it hits 40 overs. No probs. Will save people from trauma
— Hriday299 (@hriday1983) March 2, 2019
Batting first, Australia could manage to post only 236 runs on the board after a good show by the Indian bowlers. Mohammed Shami was the pick of the bowlers for the home side returning with two for 44 in his full quota. The Bengal pacer was spectacular with the new ball posing all sorts of questions to the Aussie openers. It will be a massive boost for the Indian team ahead of the World Cup. The Bengal pacer has come up the ranks to be the third seamer of the side.
Despite Usman Khawaja (50) and Glenn Maxwell (40) tried to bail Australia out, Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav put things to check with timely wickets. During the chase, India lost a few wickets early on, but Dhoni’s love affair with Australia in the 50-over format continues. He’s notched up four fifties in four matches this year, and the Aussies don’t seem to find a way to dismiss the 37-year-old. The biggest positive though for India has to be the way their middle order performed under pressure. Yes, Rayudu at No. 4 didn’t fire, but Kohli & Co. is likely to give him more chances in the upcoming matches. Kedar Jadhav also played a significant hand scoring 81 off 87 balls to bag the man of the match award.
Indian National Cricket team will look to build on this confidence and take a 2-0 lead when they meet for the second time at Nagpur on March 5 (Tuesday).