Year 2019 was yet another year of controversy for Sanjay Manjrekar. The former India batsman has a knack of landing into troubled water due to his outspoken nature and the soon-to-end year was no different. Two of the biggest controversies related to Sanjay Manjrekar that took place this year were his spats with India star Ravindra Jadeja and fellow commentator Harsha Bhogle.
During this year’s World Cup, Sanjay Manjrekar faced criticism from all around for his disrespecting remarks for Ravindra Jadeja. Sanjay Manjrekar had called Jadeja a ‘bits and pieces cricketer’ after the latter failed to break into India’s playing eleven during the tournament in the UK.
Jadeja had then slammed Sanjay Manjrekar on Twitter, asking the latter to stop his verbal diarrhoea. The allrounder did not specify the context of his tweet but the reason was very clear. Jadeja then came up with a heroic knock of 77 in the semi-final against New Zealand and also hit back at Manjrekar with his gesture after reaching his fifty.
Still i have played twice the number of matches you have played and i m still playing. Learn to respect ppl who have achieved.i have heard enough of your verbal diarrhoea.@sanjaymanjrekar
— Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) July 3, 2019
Sanjay Manjrekar on Ravindra Jadeja controversy:
In a recent interview, Sanjay Manjrekar opened up on the Jadeja controversy. Manjekar clarified that he meant what he said on the air and there was no question of clarifying it by meeting Jadeja. He also talked about a previous incident when he met Kieron Pollard during the 2017 IPL after his comment was taken in a wrong way by the Mumbai Indians allrounder.
“No, I don’t think it has happened (Manjrekar on getting a chance to meet Jadeja). With Pollard, it happened because he misunderstood me. there was no misunderstanding here, I have said it exactly what Jadeja heard so there is no question of trying to….,” Sanjay Manjrekar told ESPNcricinfo.
“The thing is I gave an interview to a random news channel and that line got picked up. Player was upset. Bits and pieces was something lot of people used. When I say it was a terrible year for me, I gave that comment and very next day Jadeja, in that semi-final, played an absolute blinder of an innings. The kind of innings we have never seen from him,” Manjrekar added.
'It's been the worst year for me as analyst and commentator'
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) December 30, 2019