Happy Birthday Sanjay Manjrekar: Memorable commentary quotes by former India cricketer

Known for his candid narration of the game, Sanjay Manjrekar never fails to entertain the audience. However, Manjrekar has often been at the center of controversies regarding his commentary. Before stepping into the commentary box, Manjrekar was a fine opener for India. Manjrekar made his Test debut in 1987 against the mighty West Indies. Overall, he represented India in 37 Test matches with four centuries and nine half-centuries.


As Manjrekar celebrates his 57th birthday today, it is time to look at some of his famous comments.

  1. Ravindra Jadeja is
    I’m not a big fan of bits and pieces players who [Ravindra] Jadeja is at this stage of his career in 50-over cricket. In Test matches, he is a pure bowler. But in 50-over cricket, I should have one batsman and one spinner.
  2. Harsh Bhogle and pink-ball cricket
    You [Harsha Bhogle] Need to ask, for those who have played cricket, it is clear that it can be well watched.
  3. Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath
    there was nothing in the way [Rangana] Herath bowled in the India-Sri Lanka series which made me think I was seeing a great bowler in action. As a left-arm spinner, Rangana Herath has a decent bowling action and is accurate, but not much beyond that. He hardly uses two fingers on the seam, so doesn’t give much spin. If at all, he bites the ball and sends it into the air like a Frisbee. Thin chance the ball will take some surprise for the batsmen…
  4. Hardik Pandya
    My selections and ideas are based on a principle I’ve learned over the years: If you have experts who can run on the basis of a discipline, you fill your team with those players. Hardik Pandya will also not be in my team. They add deceptive value to the team.
  5. Ravichandran Ashwin
    when people start talking [Ravichandran] Ashwin being one of the all-time greats of the game, I have a few problems. One of the fundamental problems I have with Ashwin is that when you look at the army [South Africa, England, New Zealand, Australia] countries, Ashwin doesn’t have a single five-wicket haul there.

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