It seems like Ravindra Jadeja and Sanjay Manjrekar have not only buried the hatchet but are also on amicable terms. On Thursday, Jadeja posted a picture of Manjrekar, who was on broadcasting duty for the Legends League Cricket, and called him a “dear friend”.
“Watching my dear friend on screen@sanjaymanjrekar,” wrote Jadeja, who is currently sidelined from the action after suffering a nagging knee injury during Asia Cup. Jadeja slipped while doing ice skating, owing to which he’s ruled out of the T20I World Cup.
Manjrekar acknowledged the message and prayed for the speedy recovery of Jadeja. He wrote, “Your dear friend looking forward to seeing you on the field soon.” The ace all-rounder underwent surgery for the twisted knees, but there’s no confirmation over his comeback.
A few days ago, Manjrekar got an opportunity to interview Jadeja after India defeated Pakistan in the Asia Cup. The conversation, which started with Manjrekar asking Jadeja if he is comfortable answering his questions, set the internet ablaze.
To the universe, the feud between them dates back to 2019, when Manjrekar called Jadeja a “bits and pieces” cricketer, during the CWC match against Bangladesh.
“I am not a big fan of bits and pieces players which Jadeja is at this point of his career in 50-over cricket. In Test matches, he is a pure bowler. But in 50-over cricket, I would rather have a batsman and a spinner,” Manjrekar had said.
Manjrekar’s comment was not entirely inaccurate at that point, but Jadeja didn’t like the phrase “bits and pieces” and took a dunk on him on Twitter. He accused the former cricketer of spitting verbal diarrhea and reminded him that he has already played more matches than him.
“Still 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 diarrhea,” replied Jadeja.
The absence of Jadeja has created a big problem for Team India ahead of the World Cup. They have a like-for-like replacement in Axar Patel, who is a better bowler but his batting potential leaves a lot to be desired.
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