Sanjay Manjrekar was elated after India pulled off a miraculous victory at the Gabba and won the Test series 2-1. The former cricketer saw India from close quarters during their tour of Australia as he was actively involved as an expert and commentator. After the conclusion of a memorable tour, Manjrekar picked his top 3 moments for India in all 3 formats of the Aussie tour.
Manjrekar picked 2 moments from the Test series and one from the white ball series. The first significance for Manjrekar was how the Indian team turned things around and won the MCG Test. Manjrekar summed it up by saying that the 36 all out at Adelaide was a historic loss but the team came back and registered an incredible win in the second Test.
Sanjay Manjrekar Picks His Top 3 Moments
Talking about his second favourite moment of the tour, Manjrekar surprised everyone when he picked a moment involving Ravindra Jadeja. The gun Indian all-rounder ran out Steve Smith from the deep square leg when he was looking ominous. That wicket helped India wrap up the Australian innings as Jadeja executed an impossible run-out.
“My first one is to get all out on 36 and then to make a comeback in Melbourne. In 1974 when India was all out for 42, we lost the next Test match by an innings and 74 runs. But here we went on to win the next match in Melbourne. This was a historic moment because before that there was a historic loss”, said Sanjay Manjrekar on Sony Sport.
“My second moment is Steve Smith run out by Ravindra Jadeja, which I will remember for a long time. It was almost an impossible run-out that Jadeja did. I had got very excited when I was doing commentary, so it has stayed in my mind. Direct hit and the fastest throw”, Sanjay Manjrekar pointed out.
Meanwhile, last and certainly not Manjrekar picked Hardik Pandya’s rise as a specialist batsman in white-ball cricket as his third favourite moment. Hardik Pandya returned to international cricket and showed his prowess only as a pure batsman at number 6. He was the highest run-scorer for India in ODIs and also won the man of the series in T20I series.
“My third moment is Hardik Pandya’s success in the limited-overs series as a pure batsman. We had seen in the IPL that he can play as a pure batsman in T20s but there was a question if he can play as a pure batsman in 50-over cricket. But on this tour, we surely came to know that Hardik Pandya can play as a pure batsman in 50-over cricket as well”, concluded Manjrekar