Murali Vijay announced his retirement from international cricket on January 30.
Sanjay Manjrekar, a former Indian cricketer, has attempted to make amends with another former Indian cricketer, Murali Vijay, following his (Manjrekar’s) massive faux pas on air during the ongoing first Test match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2023 between India and Australia.
It all started when the commentators on the radio were talking about the conversion rate of Indian openers in home Test matches. Murali Vijay topped the list of openers with the best conversion rates at home, with a conversion rate of 60 percent, beating out big names like Mohammad Azharuddin, Virat Kohli, and Rohit Sharma.
Manjrekar brought up the subject again, this time praising Murali Vijay, saying that contributions from such players are often overlooked. Despite not directly apologising, Manjrekar sounded gracious enough to admit his error on air and give Murali Vijay the credit he deserved.
It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time Manjrekar has gotten into squabbles with cricketers. During the 2019 Cricket World Cup, the cricketer-turned-commentator and Ravindra Jadeja had got involved in an argument after the commentator had termed the all-rounder ‘A Bits and Pieces Player’.
Sanjay Manjrekar had slammed Virat Kohli’s and management’s decision to play with all-rounders rather than specialists.
Manjrekar’s statement had not gone down well. Ravindra Jadeja took to Twitter and wrote, “I’ve played twice as many matches as you have, and I’m still going. Learn to respect people who have achieved success. I’ve had enough of your verbal diarrhoea.”