Former India cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar heaped praise on all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja after his brilliant fifty against hosts Australia during the Boxing Day Test. Manjrekar revealed that he is a big admirer of Jadeja in Test cricket. The former India cricketer revealed this after a fan tagged Manjrekar in a Twitter post. Also Read - India vs England 2021: Full Schedule of Four-Match Test Series, Squads, Timings, Dates And Venues
“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,” a Twitter user tagged Sanjay Manjrekarand wrote. Also Read - IPL 2021: Gautam Gambhir Expresses Surprise Over Kuldeep Yadav's Retention by KKR Ahead of Mini Auction
“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. Also Read - IPL 2021 Auction: Chennai Super Kings to Royal Challengers Bangalore, Franchises That Could Eye Steve Smith at IPL 14 Mini-Auction
Not long back, Manjrekar had hailed Jadeja for his improved batting – claiming that the all-rounder always had the technique and ability.
“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.
In the past, Manjrekar faced backlash for calling Jadeja a ‘bits and pieces’ cricketer during the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
Meanwhile, India has been bundled out for 325. With a lead of 131 runs, the tourists would feel they are in total control of the match.