IMAGE: Ravindra Jadeja celebrates after reaching his half century. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images
Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar, who was subjected to criticism for calling Ravindra Jadeja a ‘bits and pieces cricketer’, finally praised the player, saying that Jadeja ripped him apart by bits and pieces on Wednesday during India-New Zealand semi-final match in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup.
International Cricket Council posted a video in which Manjrekar can be seen having a conversational With Niall O’Brien and Ian Smith. “By bits ‘n’ pieces of sheer brilliance, he’s ripped me apart on all fronts. @sanjaymanjrekar has something to say to @imjadeja after the all-rounder’s fantastic performance against New Zealand. #INDvNZ ‘ #CWC19,” ICC posted as the caption alongside the video.
“This is the Jadeja we haven’t seen before. Today he was brilliant,” Manjrekar said in the video.
Jadeja went on to play a knock of 77 runs, and once he reached the score of fifty, he celebrated in his trademark style and directed his celebration towards the media box.
“I have to apologise to him (Ravindra Jadeja), he was looking for me but I wasn’t there. I was in the lounge taking my lunch, I’m sorry,” Manjrekar said.
Jadeja displayed an all-round performance against the Kiwi side as he played a knock of 77 runs and went on to take one wicket.
Jadeja came out to bat when India was in a spot of bother at 92/6. He steadied the innings along with wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni as the duo stitched together a partnership of 116-runs.
The left-hander was finally dismissed by Trent Boult in the 48th over. Jadeja hit four fours and four sixes in his innings.
But his exploits were not enough as the Men in Blue lost by 18 runs.
Earlier, Jadeja had said ‘learn to respect people’ while replying to former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar’s remarks.
Manjrekar had told media that he is not a big fan of bits and pieces players like Jadeja.
The statement did not go well with the all-rounder and Jadeja in a tweet said he has played twice the number of matches than Manjrekar.
“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,” Jadeja had tweeted.
In pursuit of 240, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and KL Rahul all scored just one run and this is the first time in the history of cricket that the first three batsmen of any team were dismissed for one run.
Sharma and Rahul were dismissed by Mark Henry whereas Kohli was sent back to the pavilion by Trent Boult. Their dismissals restricted to India to 5/3. Dinesh Karthik (6) also failed to leave a mark and his dismissal pegged India back at 24/4.
Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya stitched together a partnership of 47-runs but their resistance ended as Pant (32) was sent back to the pavilion by Mitchell Santner.
Pandya also departed after playing a knock of 32 runs as he was dismissed by Santner.
Earlier, the tail-enders dragged New Zealand to post 239 for the loss of eight against India in the first semi-final of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
Picking up from where they left a day after rain halted the match, New Zealand added 28 runs to the scoreboard to finish their 50-over quota.
For India, Bhuvneshwar was the pick of bowlers as he returned with three wickets in his 10 overs quota and gave away just 43 runs.