Sanjay Manjrekar gives a response to trolls over his hysterically wrong analysis tweet on dropping Virat Kohli from tests dating back to 2012.
Sanjay Manjrekar is often slammed by the fans for his unconventional opinions and statements. But there is one tweet which remains his ultimate horror for the last 7 years.
Back in 2012, when Virat Kohli was just getting used to his career in the Indian cricket team, the now Indian skipper struggled to be decisive in the test matches while India was on tour to Australia.
Then Sanjay Manjrekar wrote something critical for Kohli on twitter, which he probably regrets writing now. “I would still drop VVS & get Rohit in for the next test. Makes long term sense. give Virat 1 more test..just to be sure he does not belong here.” Manjreakar on twitter.
I would still drop VVS & get rohit in for next test.Makes long term sense. give virat 1 more test..just to be sure he does not belong here.
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) January 6, 2012
It didn’t take long for Kohli to prove Manjrekar wrong as next match he had scored 44 runs and 75 runs. And then in the final match, he hit a century. Although he was the only Indian cricketer to score a century in that tour and hence India lost the series by 4-0.
7 years down to the line, Virat Kohli is considered as one of the best batsmen to ever grace the game, and every year, Manjrekar is trolled for his fallacious tweet.
However, the former Indian cricketer has tried to clarify his stance of the tweet on social media. While defending his tweet, he has also gone onto claim that he and India’s legendary captain MS Dhoni were on the same page back then.
He wrote on Twitter, “Very proud of that tweet. In his 1st year in Tests, after scores of 11,0,23,9 in Aus, I remember, fans/media saying Virat does not belong here & had his neck on the chopping block for the next Test. I said give him 1 more Test to be sure. Glad Dhoni & me were on the same page.”
Surely, Dhoni would fail to concur with Manjrekar over here, and at the same time, this tweet by Manjrekar will go onto surface every year until Kohli retires.
Although over here Manjrekar is not fully wrong, back in 2012, everyone was after Kohli’s head due to his lack of numbers in the test cricket but the Indian batsman managed to make everyone fall in love with his game.