Twitterati brutally troll Sanjay Manjrekar for doubting Kohli’s declaration decision
Captain Kohli decided to declare the innings when Rohit Sharma was batting on 63 and was marching his way towards a century.
Updated - Dec 28, 2018 12:02 pm
Although the Indian contingent took the upper hand in the ongoing Boxing Day Test against Australia, commentator Sanjay Manjrekar seemed slightly unconvinced with a few tactics used by the Indian skipper Virat Kohli. Australian batting line-up lost track quite soon on Day 3 and as things have fallen pretty well in place for the visitors.
Captain Kohli decided to declare the innings when Rohit Sharma was batting on 63 and was marching his way towards a century. There was some disappointment on social media regarding Kohli’s call and joining the masses was Manjrekar, who felt the declaration move was pretty strange. The former Indian cricketer felt with Rohit in the middle, they could’ve gone past the 500-run mark.
“Strange declaration from India. With Rohit there, India could have got 50/75 runs or even more runs, runs which would be harder to get batting second. Made sense in getting them now,” Manjrekar tweeted.
Strange declaration from India. With Rohit there India could have got 50/75 runs or even more runs, runs which would be harder to get batting second. Made sense in getting them now.#AusvInd
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) December 27, 2018
Fans call it the “Mumbaikar love”
There was palpable distress on Twitter after Manjrekar had tweeted his opinion and many called it the hometown affection for his fellow Mumbaikar Rohit Sharma. The 31-year-old has been tremendous in ODIs for a fairly long time, but his place in the Test side has been pretty questionable considering how pale he has been in recent foreign tours.
There were some eyebrows raised when he was recalled for the tour Down Under despite not appearing in the squad that played against Windies. Despite failing in the Adelaide Test, he compiled a brilliant half-century on difficult conditions, showing good patience and skill in the middle. All the faith shown by the management has finally paid off, but there wasn’t much time for Rohit to register three figures.
Commentators like Sanjay Manjrekar and Sunil Gavaskar have always been under the scanner for being too biased towards Mumbai cricketers. This, according to the fans, was another such occasion where one Mumbaikar tried to highlight another by putting captain Kohli under the negative spotlight.
Here’s how Twitter took a jibe at Manjrekar after his tweet:
Yep. He should not have declared and let Ro score 200 so that india can bat for 3 days amd Aus will bat 2 days is that fine for you?
— SamViratian🏏 (@sampathkumarre6) December 27, 2018
He doesn't care about the result
He wants India to bat 5 days and Rohit to get 500
— Krishna (@krisbangalore95) December 27, 2018
true mumbaikar, when whole world is saying excellent declaration this man still standing up for a fellow mumbaikar. Though it makes him look a bit silly and gandu as usual
— landlord (@landlord0007) December 27, 2018
That missed Mumbai 💯 hurts..eh?
— Indraneel B (@Unwise_cracker) December 27, 2018
Btw no one can argue logically with rohit fans. Ipl, and personal milestone is greater than country fr them . Very less they understand cricket
— Amar Bhat (@AmarKallappa) December 27, 2018
You and your affair with rohit knows no bounds
— Arvindh (@bharathiarvind) December 27, 2018
Looks like Sanju Manju loves Rohit Sharma more than anyone else!
— Prahalad (@prahaladkobla) December 27, 2018
Arrey ma'am wo @ImRo45 ki century ke liye bol rahe hain aisa. "Bombay school of Batsmanship" 😉
— Gee Tee (@RajputanaCombat) December 27, 2018
Aap to rehne do sir. Aapka bas chale to Mumbai Ranji team ko hi aap India ka playing 11 bana do.
— Sarthak Agarwal (@sarthak7598) December 27, 2018