Sanjay Manjrekar had a history with Ravindra Jadeja until he was slam shut by the latter’s heroics. However, things went berserk today for him after a couple of excellent games and it seems that Manjrekar has had his chance to try and claw his way back in the rivalry.
Striking the iron when hot because Jadeja always remains in form, Manjrekar pointed out that the reviews were pointless and maybe could have been well assisted by KS Bharat, an aspect where the Indian keeper has seriously lacked throughout the tournament despite being in decent touch with the glove in his hands.
Talking on Star Sports, Manjrekar said, “For me, this is a much deeper issue. India have lost 2. With both reviews, Jadeja got there with the left-hander (Khawaja) and the same umpire Joel Wilson giving it not out and the bowler pressing for the review.”
He continued, “In the first review, the timer was almost finished. You saw Rohit Sharma there, he thought ‘if he is so adamant, let’s give it to him’. But the ball was pitching was outside the leg-stump. It’s a good thing we didn’t see where the ball went on to hit, because it would have missed the leg-stump by 6 to 8 inches. The next one also wasn’t a great one. This is about a senior star in the team, wanting a review. And somebody like KS Bharat, who has great instincts for a review, his view was not given the importance that it should have because the keeper is in a great position.” Sanjay concluded by saying why Alex Carey turned into a game-changer, adding, “Alex Carey was the CEO of the Australian team when it comes to reviews. I think KS Bharat, who has the right ideas, should be the CEO. When it comes to taking review, the seniority and the junior-senior difference has to end. The timer is on and you have got to make the right decision. Both Ashwin and Jadeja are very excitable, they are fantastic bowlers, but with reviews, very excitable.”