Sanjay Manjrekar, a former Indian cricketer, has attempted to make apologies with another former Indian cricketer, Murali Vijay, after his (Manjrekar’s) big gaffe on television during the current first Test match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2023 between India and Australia.
It all started when the pundits on the radio were talking about the conversion rate of Indian openers in home Test matches. Murali Vijay led the list of openers with the greatest conversion rates at home, with a conversion rate of 60 per cent, beating out major names like Mohammad Azharuddin, Virat Kohli, and Rohit Sharma.
“He (Rohit) is currently No. 2 in terms of conversion rates at home, with eight hundred. It’s a good thing Murali Vijay is on the list since we often overlook the efforts of individuals like him. “I’ve had 12 Test hundreds, nine of them at home, and a wonderful conversion rate right at the top,” the 57-year-old remarked following Rohit Sharma’s ninth Test century after lunch.
His remarks on television occurred after Vijay replied to Manjrekar’s first remarks on the microblogging site Twitter.
Manjrekar brought up the subject again, this time praising Murali Vijay, adding that efforts from such players are sometimes overlooked. Although without openly apologising, Manjrekar seemed kind enough to recognise his error on television and give Murali Vijay the credit he earned.
It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time Manjrekar has gotten into squabbles with players. During the 2019 ODI World Cup, the cricketer-turned-pundit and Ravindra Jadeja had got embroiled in a dispute after the commentator had branded the all-rounder ‘A Bits and Pieces Player’.
Sanjay Manjrekar has blasted Virat Kohli’s and management’s decision to play with all-rounders rather than specialists.
The comment by Manjrekar hadn’t gone down well with Ravindra Jadeja as he turned to his Twitter account and tweeted, “Yet I have played double the amount of matches you have played and I m still playing. Learn to appreciate those who have accomplished something. I’ve had my fill of your verbal diarrhoea.”