Sanjay Manjrekar finally realized his mistake and agreed to the fact that Hardik Pandya is the perfect player for the Number 6 slot in the ODIs for India.
Just after the first ODI match of India vs Australia, where team India had to suffer a massive defeat, lot of eyebrows were being raised on Hardik Pandya’s number 6 slot in the team, purely as a batsman and not as an all-rounder, as Hardik is still recovering from his injury, he is not totally fit to bowl.
A massive defeat followed team India in the 2nd ODI as well and now it was pretty clear that India was missing a sixth bowler and all-rounder, analysts started talking about a pure batsman to be in the side instead of Hardik Pandya, amidst these talks Sanjay Manjrekar stirred a controversy in the cricket fraternity by stating that he doesn’t fancy bits-and-pieces all-rounders like Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja in the limited-overs format. Instead, he believes that the specialist should be preferred in the team as they can win matches.
However, both Hardik and Jadeja managed to shut the mouth of critics and people like Manjrekar who doubted their ability and position in India’s ODI batting line-up by capturing victory for India in the final ODI of the three-match series against Australia to avoid a 3-0 whitewash.
Setting a target while batting first, India was struggling at a score of 152 for 5 in 31.6 overs after Virat Kohli got out scoring 63 runs. Pandya and Jadeja revamped the innings for India by stitching a crucial partnership of unbeaten 150 runs for the sixth wicket to guide India towards a total of 302 in 50 overs.
Fans Really Gave it back to Manjrekar On Twitter
Witnessing the spectacular performance by both the all-rounders, the Indian cricket fans took a dig at Sanjay Manjrekar and gave it back to him for demeaning Hardik and Ravindra. People on social media also reminded Manjrekar that he owes an apology to both the players.
“My selection and thoughts are based on a principle that I have learned over the years: if you have specialists who can walk-in based on one discipline; you fill your team with those players. I do not have a problem with Jadeja; I have a problem with his kind of cricketers in white-ball cricket.
“Even Hardik Pandya will not be in my team. They add illusory value to the team. Of course, I have always rated Jadeja highly in the Test format,” Sanjay Manjrekar had said.
After realizing his make the veteran Sanjay Manjrekar tweeted, “Was skeptical about Hardik the pure batsman in 50 overs cricket. Not anymore.”