Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has revealed his best XI of the recently-concluded World Cup 2019. The ex-cricketer-turned-commentator recently made it to the news for all the wrong reasons after calling Ravindra Jadeja a “bits and pieces” cricketer. The India allrounder had not only slammed Manjrekar on Twitter but had also gave him a befitting reply with a stunning display against New Zealand in the semifinal.
Manjrekar had faced the heat from the fans as well as former England skipper Michael Vaughan. In fact, Vaughan had taunted Manjrekar so much that the latter ended up blocking the English star. The storm has calmed down now and Manjrekar used it as an opportunity to reveal his World Cup XI. Speaking on ESPNcricinfo, Manjrekar picked three from India, two each from England, Australia and New Zealand and one each from Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Manjrekar picked Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli although the latter failed to find a place in the ICC World Cup XI. The former India batter picked Kane Williamson as the captain of his side. He picked Jason Roy and Rohit as the openers. Both Roy and Rohit were in sublime form at the World Cup.
At number three, Manjrekar went for Bangladesh allrounder Shakib Al Hasan who scored more than 600 runs and picked up 11 wickets. Manjrekar preferred Kohli at number four. The India skipper finished the competition with 443 runs including five fifties. Williamson was Manjrekar’s pick at number five.
Manjrekar then picked Alex Carey as the wicketkeeper-batsman of the side. In the bowling department, Manjrekar went for Mitchell Santner, Mitchell Starc, Jasprit Bumrah, Jofra Archer, Shaheen Afridi.
Sanjay Manjrekar’s World Cup XI:
Rohit Sharma, Jason Roy, Shakib Al Hasan, Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, Alex Carey, Mitchell Santner, Mitchell Starc, Jasprit Bumrah, Jofra Archer, Shaheen Afridi.