Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar acknowledged that he has always been a big admirer of Ravindra Jadeja in Test cricket after the star all-rounder impressed with the bat once again in the second Test against Australia in Melbourne.
Manjrekar, who was involved in a controversy having called Jadeja bits and pieces limited-overs cricketer during World Cup 2019, said Test cricket is all-rounder’s strong suit. Manjrekar was replying to a Twitter user who taunted the former Indian cricketer about Jadeja being the best Indian all-rounder after Kapil Dev.
“Guess @sanjaymanjrekar won’t agree or like. But @imjadeja is the best Indian all-rounder with the best record after Kapil Dev. And his batting in the last few years has just got better. Well played Sir Jadeja,” the user tagged Sanjay Manjrekar on Twitter and wrote.
“Big admirer of Jadeja, when it comes to Tests, have always been for years. Test cricket is his strong suit,” Manjrekar gave a befitting reply to the user.
Big admirer of Jadeja, when it comes to Tests, have always been for years. Test cricket is his strong suit. https://t.co/BEMS77ylDU
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) December 27, 2020
Earlier, Manjrekar had lauded Jadeja’s improved batting saying the all-rounder always had the technique and temperament.
“Things changed after 2015 with Ravindra Jadeja — the batsman. It was also the time when Ashwin was batting before him, Ashwin had four Test hundreds and Jadeja had nothing. Jadeja was competing with Ashwin as the spinner in side. Ashwin’s batting dropped Jadeja’s batting sort of skyrocketed. This guy always had a great first-class record and finally when he got his number, he felt ‘Wow, let me make most of it’,” Manjrekar told Sony Networks.
India were bowled out for 326 in the morning session on Day 3, having built a lead of 131 runs in reply to Australia’s first innings 195.
India had resumed on 277 for five, with stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja looking to build a big lead under a cloudy sky that cleared to brilliant sunshine.
Those hopes were dashed when Jadeja ran out the India skipper for 112, hitting to short cover and taking off for a single that was never really there.
Seemingly rattled, Jadeja pulled a short ball to deep midwicket where Cummins scurried forward and dropped to his knees to take a fine, low catch. Jadeja was out for 57.