Sanjay Manjrekar’s hilarious analogy for ball change and India’s coaches leaves fans in splits
Manjrekar didn't miss the opportunity to highlight the coach selection fiasco that happened last year.
Updated - Sep 10, 2018 6:43 pm
While India were struggling to wind up their disappointing Test series against England, former batsman Sanjay Manjrekar came up with one of most subtle but sharp dig at the visitors. The 53-year-old, who was in the commentary box for the ongoing fifth Test at the Oval, made a cheeky remark when India wanted to switch back to the old ball while bowling after finding the new ball handed to them after a requested chance not working to their advantage.
India lost the five-match series in Southampton and were also looking cornered in the final Test as departing cricketer Alastair Cook slammed his 33rd hundred. This is the second overseas Test series in a row that India have lost this year, after the 1-2 defeat in South Africa in January.
The 53-year-old Manjrekar, who was in the commentary box during the incident, quickly came up with a funny analogy saying: “India asked for a replacement ball, didn’t like the new ball, asked for the original ball again… a bit like the coach situation in the last couple of years.”
An indirect jibe at India’s coach fiasco
What Manjrekar was trying to convey is anybody’s guess. India have had a few episodes with their coach selection in the recent past. While the current head coach Ravi Shastri was the team director between 2014 and 2016, former captain Anil Kumble was picked as the coach in 2016. But he allegedly had a fallout with captain Virat Kohli after which Shastri returned as the coach replacing him last year.
He had a decent start to his latest stint but two consecutive overseas series defeats have put the former all-rounder’s credibility under question. The call for Shastri’s ouster has grown louder and especially, his adamant stand that the current Indian team has done better than previous teams in away series also enraged the fans and former cricketers.
Harsh Bhogle, who was commenting on the game alongside Manjrekar, seemed impressed and he asked the former Indian cricketer to continue though the latter decided not to drag it further.