Manchester: Former Indian batsman Sanjay Manjrekar joined the praise for all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who smashed 77 against New Zealand in the semi-final as the team lost by 18 runs, putting aside his tiff with the cricketer over social media.
“Well played Jadeja,” said Manjrekar with a wink at the end of his tweet.
India lost to New Zealand by 18 runs after restricting them to 239/8 in the rain-hit semi-final played over two days.
Indian batters were undone by Matt Henry’s brilliant opening spell as he returned figures of 3/37. Ravindra Jadeja (77) and MS Dhoni (50) shared a 116-run stand for the seventh wicket, but in the end that proved to be not enough, especially after Dhoni was caught short of crease by a brilliant direct hit by Martin Guptill.
The cricketer-turned-commentator, who had called Jadeja a “bits and pieces player”, also excluded the Saurashtra all-rounder from his playing XI against the Kiwis.
Earlier, reacting to Manjrekar’s comment, Jadeja had tweeted back: “Still I have played twice the number of matches you have played and I’m still playing. Learn to respect people who have achieved. I have heard enough of your verbal diarrhea Sanjay Manjrekar.”
Manjrekar did change his opinion on July 6 during the India-Sri Lanka game in which Jadeja featured, calling him a ‘street-smart’ cricketer.
Here are some of the tweets by Jadeja fans who vented their anger against Manjrekar. Do check out.
How low sanjay manjrekar you will fall?
Look likes your celebrating India’s defeat as credit would have gone to Jadeja if India had won the match. Sanjay yours new in list of Anti-Natinals.
— Kejriwal Jong Un (@LagbhagSecular) July 10, 2019
How fcking low mate. That wink was absolutely unnecessary and uncalled for. Kis baat ka attitude hai tere me?
— Shivanshi Dixit (@ShivanshiDixit) July 10, 2019
Our man got a sadistic pleasure at India’s loss to prove a point. Really despicable
— Lali (@LaliGanguli) July 10, 2019
He chopped u into #BitsNPieces didnt he? 😉😃 (hope u witnessed his celebration upon reaching 50)
— Sameer (@BesuraTaansane) July 10, 2019
और कितना गिरेगा भाई? यहाँ भी ताना मार रहा है। टीम हारी है तुम्हारी। दुख नहीं हो रहा? या इसमें भी मज़ा आ रहा है?
— THE SKIN DOCTOR (@theskindoctor13) July 10, 2019
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Published on: July 10, 2019 at 21:50 IST