New Delhi, July 11: Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar, who called Ravindra Jadeja a 'bits and pieces cricketer', finally praised Jadeja for his all-round performance against New Zealand in the semi-final of the Cricket World Cup on Wednesday.“By bits and pieces, he has completely ripped me apart today. By sheer brilliance, he has proved me wrong on all fronts. But this is not the Ravindra Jadeja we have seen very often. In the last 40 innings, his highest score has been around 33," Manjrekar said after the match.
Today, he was brilliant. Economical with the ball and the familiar celebration that you see more in Test matches with him,” he added.
Jadeja displayed an all-round performance against the Kiwi side as he played a knock of 77 runs and went on to take one wicket.
Jadeja came out to bat when India were reeling at 92/6. He steadied the innings along with wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni as the duo stitched together a partnership of 116-runs.
The left-hander was finally dismissed by Trent Boult in the 48th over. Jadeja hit four fours and four sixes in his innings.
But his exploits were not enough as the Men in Blue lost by 18 runs.The cricketer-turned-commentator, who had called Jadeja a "bits and pieces player", also excluded the Saurashtra all-rounder from his playing XI against the Kiwis.
Earlier, reacting to Manjrekar's comment, Jadeja had tweeted back: "Still I have played twice the number of matches you have played and I'm still playing. Learn to respect people who have achieved. I have heard enough of your verbal diarrhea Sanjay Manjrekar."
Manjrekar did change his opinion on July 6 during the India-Sri Lanka game in which Jadeja featured, calling him a 'street-smart' cricketer.
News24 Bureau with Agnecies
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