Sanjay Manjrekar Commentary and His Career Details. Sanjay Vijay Manjrekar is an Indian former cricketer played from 1987 until 1996 as a right handed middle order batsman. He scored 2000 runs in Test cricket at an average of 37.14.
At the beginning of his career, he looked like another legend in India making. However, as time wore on, he lost his consistency and never attained those heights.
A man who was destined to achieve greatness could not get upon this opportunity and remained only as a good player.
He occasionally played as wicket keeper and was known for his technically correct batting. After retiring from cricket game career, he now works as a cricket commentator.
Manjrekar was born in Mangalore in what was then the Mysore State in southern India, on 12 July 1965 the son of Vijay Manjrekar.
who made 55 Test match appearances for India between 1952 and 1965. As a schoolboy, he competed in the Cooch Behar Trophy between 1978 and 1982.
He attended Bombay University and played in the Vijay Trophy and the Rohinton Baria Trophy between 1983 and 1985 winning both in 1985, with West Zone Universities and Bombay University respectively.
Manjrekar made his first-class cricket debut on 7 March 1985, scoring 57 runs in his only innings for Bombay during their Ranji Trophy quarter-final victory over Haryana.
He retained his place for the semi-final, but did not play again after that until the following season.He performed steadily in 1985–86, averaging 42.40 with the bat, though his highest score was 51 not out.
He scored one other hundred that season, and his season’s average was 76.40.He struck a double century for West Zone in October 1987, scoring 278 runs from 376 before being run out.
He enjoyed success in the 1990–91 season, scoring four centuries and one half-century in eight first-class appearances. During the season he scored 377 in the Ranji Trophy semi-final against Hyderabad.
He played in the final of the 1994–95 Ranji Trophy, scoring 224 runs to help Bombay to a total of 690/6 declared in their first innings, a total that saw them win the trophy.
He won a second Ranji Trophy final in 1996–97, captaining his team, by this stage renamed Mumbai. Manjrekar made 78 runs in that match in which both sides only batted once.
Manjrekar kept playing domestic cricket until the end of the 1997–98 season, and had a batting average of 55.11 in first-class cricket, and 45.79 for List A cricket
In late 1987, Manjrekar made his international debut against West Indies in Delhi. He scored only 5 runs in that match and 10 in the next match.
Manjrekar scored 52 runs during a narrow victory for India. He scored his maiden Test cricket century, hitting 108 against the West Indies.
Like his father Vijay , Sanjay was also technically gifted batsmen who can play spinners and fast bowlers well.
His first good knock came in the series against West Indies in the year 1989. On a green top at the Kensington Oval in Barbados, West Indies were armed with bowlers like Courtney Walsh, Malcolm Marshall, Ian Bishop and Curtly Ambrose.
Manjrekar batted with full concentration to score first Test century. Although he did not contribute in the later Tests.
In the series against Pakistan in year 1989, Manjrekar gave a statement that he was the next big thing in Indian cricket.
He scored unbeaten 113 runs at Karachi. In the next test at Lahore, he got his highest score 218 runs. The way how he tackled Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Imran Khan was brilliant.
He did not score another international century for two years, when he hit 105 runs from 82 balls in an ODI against South Africa.
Manjrekar scored his final international century against Zimbabwe, in October 1992, reaching 104 in a drawn Test match.
He continued to play for India until November 1996, making his final appearance in the first Test against South Africa.
He completed his career with 2,043 Test runs with four centuries and scored 1,994 ODI runs at an average of 33.23.
After retiring from the game of cricket, He began working as commentator in his second innings.
Well in IPL also Sanjay has done commentary for various matches and one day in April 2017 while doing commentary in IPL match between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders.
It was incorrectly alleged by Mumbai Indians player Pollard and reported by media that he called Pollard “brainless”.
Pollard took to Twitter and expressed anger over this remark. It was later clarified by Manjrekar that he had in fact used the word “range” not brainless.