Sanjay Manjrekar who is infamous for his Twitter feuds with other cricketers, this time, became the victim of former England skipper Michael Vaughan as the two bickered about a tweet that Manjrekar had posted following Sri Lanka's innings during the India-Sri Lanka World Cup 2019 clash on 6 July.
Manjrekar, who had put out a list of his probable eleven for the Men in Blue for the semi-finals, had included all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja on his list, days after he called the left-arm spinner as a "bits and pieces cricketer". Initially, Vaughan had replied to Manjrekar asking him how he picked the "bits and pieces cricketer" to which the Indian commentator, retaliated saying that it was his prediction and 'not his team'.
Here's Manjrekar's reply:
Michael Vaughan did not give up that easily, as he continued to take a dig Manjrekar for the tweet. He pressed the former Indian batsman to tell him what his team was and that, if he was going to pick any "bits and pieces cricketer" Here's Vaughan's reply:
Sanjay Manjrekar faced a severe backlash from Ravindra Jadeja on social media after he called the all-rounder bits and pieces cricketer. Following Jadeja's inclusion in the playing eleven in India's final group stage match against Sri Lanka, Jadeja found himself a place in Manjrekar's probable eleven. During the match, Jadeja picked the wicket of Kusal Mendis minutes after Manjrekar had said that the left-arm-spinner's average was higher than that of the spinner duo Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.
Jadeja finished his spell with figures of 1/40 in his 10 overs at an economy rate of 4.00.
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.