During the World Cup, Sanjay Manjrekar told Ravindra Jadeja, 'Bits and Pieces' player
During the day-night test, Harsha Bhogle was taunted by the pink ball conversation
Dainik BhaskarDec 31, 2019, 01:34 PM IST Sports Desk. Former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar says that 2019 was the worst year for him as an analyst and commentator. He said this about the controversy with Ravindra Jadeja during the World Cup played this year and the debate with commentator Harsha Bhogle during the day-night Test match in Kolkata. Regarding the controversy with Bhogle, he considered himself to be at fault and called his comments unprofessional and indecent. After both incidents, Manjrekar was heavily lynched and was also trolled on social media.
Manjrekar told a cricket website, "I started this profession (commentary) during the year 1997-98, so it has been around 20-21 years here. This has been my worst year as an analyst and commentator. "He said," There is no misunderstanding between Jadeja and me, I said exactly what he heard. I do not regret the words (bits and pieces) I used for them. It is a term commonly used in cricket. "
Sorry about the comment made on Bhogle
Recalling the conversation with Bhogle, Manjrekar said, "After that comment I felt that I was losing control over myself." My behavior was not good at all, it was indecent and I was wrong. That is something I deeply regret. After that incident, I first went to the producer and apologized.
Jadeja was called 'Bits and Pieces' player
The first of the two incidents that Manjrekar referred to was after India's defeat at the hands of England in the Cricket World Cup. Manjrekar then objected to taking Jadeja into the team, describing him as a player performing in 'pieces'. However, later Jadeja gave a strong reply to him in a tweet. Jadeja wrote in the tweet, "I have played twice as many matches with you and am still playing. Learn to respect what other people have achieved. I've listened to your bullshit too much. "
Did sarcasm on Bhogle
Manjrekar's dispute with Bhogle surfaced on the third day of the Pink Ball Test match between India and Bangladesh in November. During the commentary, Harsha said that after the end of the match there should be a discussion about whether there is any problem in the visibility of the pink ball in front of the white side screen. Then Manjrekar had said that I do not think the visibility of the ball is an issue, although the texture of the ball can definitely be discussed. After this Harsha said, "We have to ask the players about what they think." Then Manjrekar taunted him and said, "Harsha will only ask you … not me, because I have played a little bit of cricket."
Manjrekar's cricket career
Manjrekar, 54, has played 37 Tests and 74 ODIs for India. He was the first Indian commentator, who was called by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for commentary in 1992.