When the top order was taken out cheaply by the New Zealand bowlers, Ravindra Jadeja was the last man standing to give team India a slighter hope. He made an outstanding 77 runs off 59 deliveries which included 4 boundaries and 4 sixes. However, his efforts went in vain as he couldn’t take India to the finishing line. After the game, Sanjay Manjrekar appreciated the left-hander saying that the Bits and pieces player has just ripped me apart today.
When the bits and pieces play for India
Ravindra Jadeja played his carrer best innings runs yesterday. When wickets were tumbling form the other end, Dhoni needed some one to support him and build the partnership to take India to the finish line. It was Jadeja who took the responsibility and played a fearless inning, building a partnership of over 100 runs. But unfortunately, the 30-year-old was dismissed by Trent Boult in the 48th over of the match in which the Men in Blue were chasing a 240-run target. Jadeja scored a promising 77 runs off 59 balls which was a cruicial contribution, but it went in vain.
Previously, Jadeja was involved in a controversy with Sanjay Manjrekar. He had strongly replied to Manjrekar after the former India cricketer-turned commentator referred him as “bits and pieces” cricketer.
Still i have played twice the number of matches you have played and i m still playing. Learn to respect ppl who have achieved.i have heard enough of your verbal diarrhoea.@sanjaymanjrekar
— Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) July 3, 2019
After his principal performance, Sanjay Manjrekar praised the left hander said that he proved him wrong with his performance. He was quick to accept his mistake on the comment he made on Jadeja and said that the India all-rounder completely ripped him apart with his sheer brilliance on the field.
“Bits and pieces he just ripped me apart today. By bits and pieces of sheer brilliance just proved me wrong on all fronts. But this Ravindra Jadeja we have not seen very often. In the last 40 innings, his highest score was 33. But today he was brilliant. Economical with the ball, and that familiar celebration that you see after he gets to his fifties,” Manjrekar said in a video posted by the ICC.
"By bits 'n' pieces of sheer brilliance, he's ripped me apart on all fronts."@sanjaymanjrekar has something to say to @imjadeja after the all-rounder's fantastic performance against New Zealand.#INDvNZ | #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/i96h5bJWpE
— ICC (@ICC) July 10, 2019
India who was looking promising at the beginning was playing for a spot in their 4th World Cup final but at the end of the day, it was New Zealand who stormed into the finals making their second successive title clash. In fact, in 2015, New Zealand had lost to Australia in a one-sided final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. 4 years later, they are back and are ready to do what they couldn’t do for the last time, They will be waiting to see which of Australia and England meet them at Lord’s on July 14 for the ultimate trophy.