Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has often been in the news in the past few years for wrong reasons; all of them created by himself though.
The 55-year-old is an experienced commentator and analyst who has a good eye for the game. However, sometimes he makes such controversial, out-of-the-blue comments and remarks on the players which don’t go down well with them and on social media as well.
Sanjay Manjrekar, who played in 37 Tests and 74 ODIs and registered 5 international hundreds, has been a constant presence on the TV screens as a commentator, but, in the wake of the controversies he attracted, was sacked by the BCCI for the IPL last year.
5 Controversial Statements Made By Sanjay Manjrekar On Cricketers:
Ashwin not an all-time great, doesn’t have a single five-wicket haul in SENA countries
Sanjay Manjrekar’s latest escapade on social media was when he opined that off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin shouldn’t be considered an all-time great because he hasn’t picked a single five-wicket haul in the SENA countries – which are South Africa, England, New Zealand, and Australia.
“When people start talking about him as being one of the all-time greats of the game then I have a few problems. One basic problem I have with Ashwin is that when you look at SENA countries, Ashwin doesn’t have a single five-wicket haul there,” Sanjay Manjrekar said on ESPNcricinfo.
Ashwin’s average of 21.89 at home is miles better than 40.11 in SENA countries; out of his 30 five-wicket hauls 24 came in India, 3 in Sri Lanka, 2 in West Indies, and 1 in Bangladesh – none in the SENA countries, a fact which Sanjay Manjrekar emphasizes on.
He received heavy flak on social media for his views; Manjrekar, though, made it clear that he was entitled to his opinions.
‘All- time great’ is the highest praise & acknowledgement given to a cricketer. Cricketers like Don Bradman, Sobers, Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Virat etc are all time greats in my book. With due respect, Ashwin not quite there as an all-time great yet. 🙏#AllTimeGreatExplained😉
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) June 6, 2021