By bits and pieces he ripped me apart: Jadeja's fabulous play makes Sanjay Manjrekar take a U-turn
The commentator had earlier called the all-rounder a 'bits and pieces cricketer'.
Jadeja, who has only played two matches in the tournament, scored 77 runs off 59 balls at a strike rate of 130.50 raising fans' spirits in what had till then been a heartbreaking game. The all-rounder hit 4 fours and sixes during his 84 minutes at the crease, before his dismissal in the 48th over.
The 30-year-old's fabulous play won many hearts and led to an outpour of appreciation on social media. Former cricketer and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar, who had earlier called Jadeja a 'bits and pieces cricketer', was also blown away by his performance.
In a video posted on the Twitter handle of the International Cricket Council (ICC), Manjrekar said, "By bits and pieces he just ripped me apart By bits and pieces he just ripped me apart today. By bits and pieces of sheer brilliance he proved me wrong on all fronts. This is Ravindra Jadeja that we have not seen very often."
"By bits 'n' pieces of sheer brilliance, he's ripped me apart on all fronts." @sanjaymanjrekar has something to sa… https://t.co/chZyiRS3Vn— ICC (@ICC) 1562775050000
On his own Twitter handle, Manjrekar wrote, "Well played Jadeja".
Well played Jadeja!— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) 1562767352000
On July 3, just a week before the big India Vs New Zealand match at Old Trafford, Jadeja had taken to Twitter to slam the commentator's comment on him. "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," Jadeja had tweeted.
Still i have played twice the number of matches you have played and i m still playing. Learn to respect ppl who hav… https://t.co/rkJqUNSfh8— Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) 1562160349000
He had also received massive support from Twitterati, with actor Siddhart saying, "If you're a bits and pieces cricketer, I hope to be a bits and pieces actor someday man. #FullPower #speakyourmind"
If you're a bits and pieces cricketer, I hope to be a bits and pieces actor someday man. #FullPower #speakyourmind https://t.co/RLEqooCFP3— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) 1562168605000
While several others had lauded the cricketer for speaking up.
I haven’t played cricket in my apartment but i’m with you Jaddu. For some reason i’m very happy with your tweet. https://t.co/gtOiqCXSkc— Danish Sait (@DanishSait) 1562163892000
FINALLY! About time the players start getting vocal about @sanjaymanjrekar's commentary. https://t.co/oImz1WMS5j— Sripad (@falsewinger) 1562162513000
Out of the park!! https://t.co/3FeorLw0vW— Anshu Mor (@anshuMor) 1562163861000