Sanjay Manjrekar and controversy go hand-in-hand. The former India batsman is known for making bold comments which eventually played a part in his sacking from BCCI commentary panel earlier this year in March.
Last year, he was slammed by many for calling India allrounder Ravindra Jadeja bits and pieces cricketer. And he is facing a similar situation once again for calling Piyush Chawla and Ambati Rayudu ‘low profile cricketers’ after both impressed in Chennai Super Kings’ thumping win over Mumbai Indians in IPL 2020-opener
Playing his first match for CSK, Chawla conceded just 21 runs in his four overs and took the important wicket of Rohit Sharma in the powerplay to give his side the much-needed first breakthrough. On the other hand, Rayudu played a stunning knock of 71.
He walked out to bat when CSK were reeling at 6 for 2 while chasing 163. The right-handed batsman shared a 115-run stand with Faf du Plessis who remained unbeaten on 58 as CSK chased down the total with four balls remaining. Following the game, Sanjay Manjrekar took to Twitter to praise both the performers.
But in doing so, he invited criticism for himself once again by calling them low-profile cricketers, writing:
“So happy for two pretty low profile cricketers Piyush Chawla and Ambati Rayudu. Chawla was sensational with the ball. Bowled the 5th & 16th over too. Rayudu..well…one of the best IPL innings from him based on quality of shots played! Well done CSK!”
So happy for two pretty low profile cricketers Piyush Chawla and Ambati Rayudu. Chawla was sensational with the ball. Bowled the 5th & 16th over too. Rayudu..well…one of the best IPL innings from him based on quality of shots played! Well done CSK!??? #IPL2020
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) September 19, 2020
Fans slam Sanjay Manjrekar:
Unsurprisingly, the fans were not at all impressed with Sanjay Manjrekar’s choice of words and did not waste any time in slamming him. While some reminded him of Chawla and Rayudu’s contribution for Indian cricket, some even took a dig at his record.
Here are the reactions:
Low Profile??! Chawla has 2 world cup medals?.
Rayudu has played 50+ ODIs for India. What is the high profile for cricketers than ?
— Binoy Dahal (@IamBXD) September 19, 2020
Who said rayudu is low Profile cricketer.. It's you people who made him satisfied with that.. He is the best cricketer than many.. No one encouraged him.. No one has seen the talent in him..
— Gayathri?? (@IBe45MB) September 20, 2020
If you are keeping both of them in "low profile" category ,where would you have placed yourself?
1) very low
2) extreme low
3) deep inside the ground.
— Mayank Agarwal (@mayankagarwal66) September 19, 2020
Low profile???? They way better than your profile! pic.twitter.com/FtuSKTigFe
— Mohammed Sheriff (@mohammedsheriff) September 19, 2020
Sir your assessment of the individuals game today is worth it but then adding a term "low profile" was it necessary?if we say in a cricket match a "low profile" commentator Mr. Sanjay Manjrekar did some great commentary would you like it? How will you feel sir? @RayuduAmbati
— Muthukumar (@Muthucrazy100) September 19, 2020
Sanjay both are more famous than you anyway!! Profile ?? They got more money fame than you , you know what you are jealous nd that's why make these comments @imjadeja slapped you but need from @RayuduAmbati nd #PiyushChawla as well
— AK (@AK34334951) September 19, 2020
Not in good taste. Both have played international cricket. Chawla has been member of worldcup winning team. If anyone is low profile thats you perhaps @sanjaymanjrekar
— Nitesh Bhadoria (@BhadoriaNitesh) September 19, 2020