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Sanjay Manjrekar’s appreciation tweet for CSK players stirs controversy

Manjrekar CSK controversy

Commentator Sanjay Manjrekar has had quite a rough time with his bold and brazen cricket analysis in recent times. The former India batsman stirred severe dissent amidst the cricket fraternity during last year’s World Cup, when he called all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja a ‘bits-and-pieces’ player; a comment that the latter didn’t much appreciate. Later, he had a run-in with fellow analyst Harsha Bhogle during a home test match which did not sit well with the audiences. The situation deteriorated to a point where the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to drop him from the 2020 roster. 

But despite being absent from the comm-box, Sanjay still seems to have found a way to get into fans’ not-so-good books. More specifically, CSK fans’- not-so-good books. On Sunday, Sanjay made a tweet about the Chennai Super Kings’ stellar win against defending champs, Mumbai Indians, in the season opener. He also reserved some special words of praise for Piyush Chawla and Ambati Rayudu, CSK’s star performers of the match. But in the process, Sanjay used a tone bit-too upfront in his analysis; which, not for the first time- placed him on the wrong side of his ‘misunderstanding’ fans. 

Sanjay Manjrekar praises Ambati Rayudu and Piyush Chawla in a ‘controversial’ way

Here’s the context: Chawla, making his first appearance for the Yellow Brigade, bowled a brilliant spell of 4-0-21-1. His wily bowling helped restrict MI to only 162/9; a target that CSK chased rather comfortably, thanks to Ambati Rayudu’s match-winning 71-run knock. Rayudu walked in at number 4 at a time when Chennai had lost some quick wickets. The solid, 115-run partnership that he formed with Faf du Plessis (58* off 44) was clinical to CSK’s first victory over MI in 6 games. 

Sanjay, like many other fans, took to Twitter to laud the duo for their performances. But he used the term ‘low-profile-cricketers’ to adjectify them. 

Needless to say, fans weren’t too happy. A good number of them made their disappointment known. 

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