Indians delivered a clinical execution in the second Twenty20 International (T20I) to defeat New Zealand by seven wickets.
After Indian bowlers restricted New Zealand to a below-par total of 132/5, KL Rahul led India to the victory with his unbeaten 50-ball 57 runs and won the player of the match award. Former cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar, however, was of the view that instead of Rahul a bowler was more deserving of the award.
Many expected Manjrekar to take Ravindra Jadeja‘s name, as he was the most economical bowler in the match and also took two wickets, but he rather than naming him as the outright deserving contender of the award also threw fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah’s name in the mix.
Ha ha…Either you or Bumrah. Bumrah, because he was extremely economical while bowling overs no 3, 10, 18 and 20. https://t.co/r2Fa4Tdnki
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) January 27, 2020
— ANI (@pradhumn_pratap) January 27, 2020
Sanjay Manjrekar right now.. pic.twitter.com/b8dDRQJX95
— Mr.Wayne (@Mrimbatman) January 27, 2020
— Santosh Kandpal (@santoshkandpal9) January 27, 2020
Manjrekar’s comments, however, didn’t go down well with the fans and they started criticizing him for not accepting that Jadeja was the best bowler in the match and soon turned the post into a meme fest.
The fans highlighted Jadeja’s outstanding performance in the match and credited him for picking up two crucial wickets of Kane Williamson and Colin de Grandhomme in the middle overs and applying breaks on New Zealand innings.