After a spell-binding performance with the ball, Ravindra Jadeja not only managed to silence critics but also, shockingly, found himself in Indian commentator Sanjay Manjrekar's prediction for the playing eleven for the semi-finals of the ongoing World Cup. Manjrekar had earlier criticized Jadeja, calling him a 'bits and pieces' cricketer, to which Jadeja had lashed out at the former Indian cricketer on social media.
On the eve of India's last match of the group stage, Jadeja picked up a ball in his first over, seconds after Manjrekar had said that Jadeja's average was higher than that of the spinner duo Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. Following Sri Lanka's innings, Manjrekar shared a list of eleven that he thought should play in the semis for the side and Jadeja found a place in Manjrekar's list. Read the tweet here:
Sanjay Manjrekar has been in the middle of the controversy for quite some time after he became extremely vocal about team India's issues such as Mohammed Shami's bowling, MS Dhoni's lack of intent and the middle-order woes. Fans severely criticized Manjrekar for preaching matters that were never put to practice by him during his stint with the national side.
Jadeja finished his spell with figures of 1/40 in his 10 overs at an economy rate of 4.00.
Team India will be eyeing to somehow get to the top spot by beating the 1996 winners while the Lankans will be looking to salvage pride as they are already out of contention for the semis. India can finish on the first position provided Australia lose to South Africa later in the day. The Men In Blue are currently at the second position with six wins in eight matches and 13 points in their tally. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka are at the sixth position with three wins and three losses in their eight matches and eight points.