Former Indian batsman Sanjay Manjrekar finally made peace with all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja from his own end after the latter played an innings reviving knock for the Men in Blue along with MS Dhoni that almost got them over the line. The former Indian batsman criticized Jadeja earlier, calling him a 'bits and pieces' cricketer, posted a message on Twitter, dedicated to the left-hand all-rounder for playing a fighting inning that saw India recover from an early collapse of the top-order.
During the post-match show, Manjrekar was asked if he was impressed with the left-handed all-rounder's abilities that had been put to display in the last two games, to which the former Indian batsman said, "By bits 'n' pieces of sheer brilliance, he's ripped me apart on all fronts."
"We have not seen him bat like this in the previous matches. His highest score was 33 before this match, but he played a brilliant knock today. We even got to see the familiar sword twirl celebration from him, the one we see more often in the Test matches", he said.
Jadeja was called a 'bits and pieces' cricketer by Sanjay Manjrekar on Twitter following which the all-rounder lashed out at the former batsman. Jadeja was included in the playing eleven for the game against Sri Lanka, where he bowled an economical spell of 1/40 in his 10 overs at an economy rate of 4.00.
Against the Kiwis, Jadeja did extremely well with both the bat and the ball. He bowled an excellent spell of ten overs, giving away just 34 runs at an economy rate of 3.40. With the bat, Jadeja played the innings of a savior, scoring 77 runs off 59 balls including four boundaries and four sixes. The important half-century from Jadeja made him hold the record of the first 50+ score by a number eight batsman in a World Cup knockout match.
New Zealand beat India by 18 runs to confirm their berth in the finals of the ongoing World Cup on July 14 at Lord's, London.