5 times when cricketers replied instantly with their performance after being mocked
Besides the media's uproar and scrutiny, there have also been several instances where a former or current player has mocked another cricketer.
Updated - Jul 13, 2020 6:33 pm
Cricket is an unforgiving sport, especially with the standard and competition of the game soaring up with every passing year. A player’s performance is scrutinized in every match, mounting immense amount on him to consistently perform at the highest level.
Furthermore, with the involvement of media in criticizing a player’s on-field display, he/she is under constant fear of receiving flak. Besides the media’s uproar and scrutiny, there have also been several instances where a former or current player has mocked another cricketer.
This has often led to the criticized player getting infuriated after hearing him being assessed negatively. A player, many a time, has silenced his doubters and faultfinders by delivering an impressive performance on the field.
Here are five such instances when a cricketer gave a befitting reply after getting mocked:
1. Ravindra Jadeja – Sanjay Manjrekar
Cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar stirred up a controversy amid 2019 World Cup by calling Ravindra Jadeja ‘a bits and pieces’ player. Manjrekar had told media that he is not a big fan of bits and pieces players like Jadeja.
The Jamnagar-born all-rounder was irked by Manjrekar’s comment and Jadeja, in a tweet, said he has played twice the number of matches than the commentator. He even termed Manjrekar’s comments as ‘verbal diarrhoea’, raking up headlines everywhere due to his befitting response.
Furthermore, Jadeja even replied with his bat by stitching a crucial 77-run knock in India’s semi-final encounter against New Zealand. Once the left-hander reached the score of fifty, he celebrated in his trademark style and directed his celebration towards the media box to silence Manjrekar.
Even Manjrekar bowed down after Jadeja’s batting display as he said that the all-rounder ripped him apart by ‘bits and pieces of sheer brilliance’. However, Jadeja’s heroics went in vain as India were knocked out of the showpiece event as they suffered an 18-run defeat.