MANCHESTER, July 11: Former batsman Sanjay Manjrekar says he has been �ripped apart on all fronts� by �bits and pieces� of Ravindra Jadeja�s brilliance which brought India within sniffing distance of a win in their World Cup semifinal against New Zealand.
Manjrekar, who drew flak for calling Jadeja a �bits and pieces cricketer�, admitted that the all-rounder proved him completely wrong with the bat, ball and his fielding at Old Trafford.
The ICC posted a video in which Manjrekar is having a conversation with Niall O�Brien and Ian Smith.
�By bits �n� pieces of sheer brilliance, he�s ripped me apart on all fronts. This is the Jadeja we haven�t seen before. Today (Wednesday) he was brilliant,� Manjrekar said in the video.
Reeling at three for five and then four for 24 in pursuit of 240, Jadeja played a fine counter-attacking 77 off 56 balls to raise hopes of an improbable India win, his performance also acting as a response to Manjrekar�s critical remark.
�I have to apologise to him (Ravindra Jadeja), he was looking for me but I wasn�t there. I was in the lounge taking my lunch, I�m sorry,� Manjrekar said.
Jadeja came out to bat when India was in a spot of bother at 92/6. He steadied the innings along with Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the duo stitched together a partnership of 116-runs. � PTI