Just a few months after Sanjay Manjrekar received severe flak for calling Ravindra Jadeja “a bits and pieces player”, the former cricketer has landed himself in another controversy for his on-air comments against Harsha Bhogle.
During the third day of the day/night Test between India and Bangladesh, Bhogle suggested that the players need to be asked about the visibility of the pink ball, according to NDTV. He also asked for a proper analysis of the pink ball Test during the commentary.
“Don’t think so. Because when you see the slip catchers the way they have taken catches, I don’t think visibility is an issue at all. The texture of the ball is the issue,” responded Manjrekar, according to News18.
Bhogle, however, said that he would ask the players from both sides.
Manjrekar, according to the NDTV report, replied, “only you need to ask Harsha, not us, who have played a fair bit of the game.”
Manjrekar further added that he could perhaps say that with some authority after having played 10-15 years of first-class cricket. Bhogle, according to News18, responded by saying, “having played cricket should never be a limitation or a ceiling to learning.”
Manjrekar’s comments did not go down well with Twitter users who asked him to apologise to Bhogle.
Others said that they were switching channels to avoid Manjrekar’s commentary.
Some could not help but take a dig at his “bits and pieces” remark.
In July, Jadeja had also hit out at Manjrekar over his “bits and pieces” statement and said he had “heard enough of your verbal diarrhoea”.
“Still I have played twice the number of matches you have played and I am still playing. Learn to respect people who have achieved. I have heard enough of your verbal diarrhoea,” Jadeja had tweeted.
After Jadeja’s brilliant performance in the World Cup semifinal, Manjrekar admitted that he has been “ripped apart on all fronts”.
“By bits ‘n’ pieces of sheer brilliance, he’s ripped me apart on all fronts. This is the Jadeja we haven’t seen before. Today (Wednesday) he was brilliant,” Manjrekar said, according to PTI.
(With PTI inputs)