Manjrekar also admitted the all-rounder proved him wrong with his spectacular performance against the Black Caps.
Team India was defeated by 18 runs in a thrilling semifinal at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 against New Zealand. Though India lost the match, it was Ravindra Jadeja who won the hearts of millions.
Ravindra Jadeja took 1 wicket for 34 runs in his 10 overs spell. Jadeja also showed some glimpses of his fielding masterclass as he took a spectacular catch and saved over 10 runs for his team.
However, his standout performance with the bat raised hopes for the ‘Men in Blue’ after the side was struggling at 92 for 6. He played a crucial 77-run knock in just 59 deliveries, hitting four boundaries and four sixes under pressure.
Ravindra Jadeja also celebrated his half-century in his traditional style as he pointed his bat towards the commentary box and taking a jibe at Sanjay Manjrekar, who called him a ‘Bits and Pieces player’ earlier in the tournament.
However, Sanjay Manjrekar praised him after the match as he said in a statement that he ‘ripped’ him apart. He said, “Bits and by pieces, he just ripped me apart today. Bits and by pieces of sheer brilliance just proved me wrong on all fronts.”
"By bits 'n' pieces of sheer brilliance, he's ripped me apart on all fronts."@sanjaymanjrekar has something to say to @imjadeja after the all-rounder's fantastic performance against New Zealand.#INDvNZ | #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/i96h5bJWpE
— ICC (@ICC) July 10, 2019
He further added, “But this is Ravindra Jadeja we have not seen very often. In the last 40 innings, his highest score has been around 33. Today, he was brilliant, economical with the ball and the familiar celebration that we see more in the Test matches.”
Earlier, Sanjay Manjrekar’s comments on Ravindra Jadeja had not gone down well with the fans and the left-handed all-rounder as he took a jibe at Manjrekar through his Twitter account.
Still i have played twice the number of matches you have played and i m still playing. Learn to respect ppl who have achieved.i have heard enough of your verbal diarrhoea.@sanjaymanjrekar
— Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) July 3, 2019
Ravindra Jadeja was certainly phenomenal with his all-around performance but his sensational effort went in vain as India knocked out of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.