Sanjay Manjrekar in the spotlight again: There are only two weeks left for the start of the Indian Premier League. The cricket analysts and the commentators are talking about the expected performances of the various players and teams in the upcoming IPL. Former India international and popular commentator, Sanjay Manjrekar has also joined the discussion. He is also analysing the expected performance of various players and team in the IPL. He is even dissecting the strengths and weaknesses of various batting and bowling lineups of all the teams.
Sanjay Manjrekar heaps praise on the Afghanistan spinner, Zahir Khan.
On Monday, Sanjay Manjrekar praised the Afghanistan spinner, Zahir Khan. He feels that he is a very important prospect for the Afghanistan team. He can even join the league of the world-class spinner from Afghanistan consisting of the likes of Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb ur Rahman. The reason being that he has a unique trait in his armoury, being a chinaman bowler.
Sanjay wrote in his tweet, “Zahir Khan of Afghanistan can be such a tempting replacement player for a few franchises in the IPL.”
However, some Twitter users started to take a dig at the commentator for this. One of them questioned that how can he judge a bowler when he himself has never bowled. He took a sly dig and said as per the 55 years old, a non-cricketer can not analyse cricket.
“How can you judge a bowler when you were never a bowler? (As per you, non-Cricketer can’t analyse Cricket)” the tweet read.
Sanjay Manjrekar was involved in a heated altercation about the visibility of the pink ball during the Pink ball test between India and Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. During the match, Bhogle told Manjrekar that ICC should take the suggestions of players regarding the visibility of the pink ball. Manjrekar, to everyone’s surprise, took a sly dig that he knows better than Bhogle because of his experience of playing international cricket. The Twitterati referred to this incident.
Manjrekar replied to him and said that batsman was the main focus of the team. The selectors even consulted them before choosing the bowlers. He even added that non-cricketers also have a good knowledge of the game, and he cited Barbadian cricket journalist Tony Cozier as an example.
Manjrekar replied, “1) As batsmen, bowlers were our main focus. Selectors often asked us about bowlers they were interested in picking. So we batsmen can be good judges of bowlers no? Smiling face with smiling eyes 2) Non-cricketers do great analysis too, I used to almost touch the feet of Tony Cozier every time I met him.”