Cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar chastised Indian pacer Jasprit Bunrah for his feud with South Africa’s Marco Jansen during the third day of the second Test in Johannesburg.
During India’s second innings, Bumrah and Jansen were seen involved in an exchange of words. It all happened in the 54th over, when Jansen pitched a shortish delivery which struck Bumrah on his shoulder.
A couple of balls later once again the left-arm seamer bowled another short and once again hit Bumrah on the shoulder but the Indian pace bowler responded by dusting it off and showed no signs of pain.
It’s a side of Bumrah I don’t want to see too much: Sanjay Manjrekar
Jansen glared at Bumrah, the Indian bowling spearhead stared back at the South Africa bowler. Both exchanged a few words before they walked in the middle of the pitch but were interrupted by on-field umpire Marais Erasmus.
“This anger thing is interesting. It happened in England as well. I don’t like this side of Bumrah. It’s a side of Bumrah I don’t want to see too much of. I like it when things get really hot, he has a smile on his face, like he usually does,” Manjrekar said on ESPNCricinfo.
Jasprit Bumrah is trying too hard: Sanjay Manjrekar
Bumrah did not have a great time with the ball as he conceded 42 runs in his 10-over spell and went wicketless. Bumrah was hammered for a total of six fours by Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar and Keegan Petersen.
Manjrekar expressed his concerns over Bumrah’s bowling and said that maybe he isn’t releasing the balls properly.
“There’s never a problem with Bumrah not having any control. He will always pitch the ball where he wants to. I am a little concerned that nothing much is happening after the ball is pitching where he wants to. I’d like to see the ball rear in, jagging back off the seam or leaving the right-hander,” Manjrekar asserted.
“One would have expected him to cause the batters a lot more trouble. Perhaps he’s trying too hard or maybe it’s not leaving the hand properly. He bowled two or three good balls and then he tried something straight or went too short or offered something,” he added.
South Africa were 118/2 at the end of the gameplay of Day 3 Elgar remaining undefeated on 46 despite taking some nasty blows on his body in the final few overs. The Proteas need 122 runs more to win while India need eight wickets to clinch their first Test series win in South Africa.