Sanjay Manjrekar

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Sanjay Manjrekar
Personal information
Full name Sanjay Vijay Manjrekar
Born (1965-07-12) 12 July 1965 (age 51)
Mangalore, Karnataka, India
Batting style Right-handed batsman
Bowling style Right-arm Off spin
Role Batsman, commentator
Relations Vijay Manjrekar (father)
Dattaram Hindlekar (Great-uncle)
International information
National side
Test debut 25 November 1987 v West Indies
Last Test 20 November 1996 v South Africa
ODI debut 5 January 1988 v West Indies
Last ODI 6 November 1996 v South Africa
Domestic team information
Years Team
1984–1998 Mumbai
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC List A
Matches 37 74 147 145
Runs scored 2043 1994 10252 5175
Batting average 37.14 33.23 55.11 45.79
100s/50s 4/9 1/15 31/46 9/38
Top score 218 105 377 139
Balls bowled 17 8 383 14
Wickets 0 1 3 1
Bowling average 7.50 79.33 22.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 0/4 1/2 1/4 1/2
Catches/stumpings 25/1 23/0 103/2 64/0
Source: Cricinfo, 16 January 2013

Sanjay Vijay Manjrekar About this sound pronunciation  (born 12 July 1965) is a former Indian cricketer. He played international cricket for India from 1987 until 1996 as a right-handed middle order batsman. He scored just over two thousand runs in Test cricket at an average of 37.14. He occasionally played as wicket-keeper, and was known for his technically correct batting style. Following the conclusion of his cricket career, he now works as a successful cricket commentator.

Early years[edit]

Manjrekar was born in Mangalore in what was then the Mysore State in southern India, on 12 July 1965 (since his mother hailed from Mangalore);[1] the son of Vijay Manjrekar, who made 55 Test match appearances for India between 1952 and 1965.[2] As a schoolboy, he competed in the Cooch Behar Trophy between 1978 and 1982.[3] He attended Bombay University,[4] and played in the Vizzy Trophy and the Rohinton Baria Trophy between 1983 and 1985,[3] winning both in 1985, with West Zone Universities and Bombay University respectively.[5][6]

Cricket career[edit]

Early domestic career[edit]

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.[7] He retained his place for the semi-final, but did not play again after that until the following season.[8] He performed steadily in 1985–86, averaging 42.40 with the bat, though his highest score was 51 not out.[9] The following season, he struck his first century in first-class cricket, remaining 100 not out during the first innings of a match against Baroda.[10] He scored one other hundred that season, and his season's average was 76.40.[9] He struck a double century for West Zone in October 1987, scoring 278 runs from 376 before being run out.[11]

International career[edit]

In late 1987, Manjrekar made his international debut, facing the West Indies in Delhi. He scored five runs in the first innings, and ten in the second, when he retired hurt.[12] His first half-century in international cricket was made against New Zealand in December 1988, during a One Day International. Manjrekar scored 52 runs during a narrow victory for India.[13] The following April, he scored his maiden Test cricket century, hitting 108 against the West Indies.[14] He scored his second Test century in November 1989, against Pakistan. In the fourth innings of the match, he scored 113 not out to help India draw the match.[15] In the third Test of the same series, Manjrekar made his highest score in Test cricket, reaching 218 runs in the first innings, before being run out.[16] He did not score another international century for two years, when he hit 105 runs from 82 balls in an ODI against South Africa.[17]

Domestically, 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 his highest total, 377,[9] in the Ranji Trophy semi-final against Hyderabad.[18] 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.[19]

Manjrekar scored his final international century against Zimbabwe, in October 1992, reaching 104 in a drawn Test match.[20] He continued to play for India until November 1996, making his final appearance in the first Test against South Africa. He scored 34 runs in the first innings and 5 runs in the second, playing as an opening batsman.[8][21] He completed his international career with 2,043 Test runs, including four centuries, scored at 38.67, and 1,994 ODI runs at an average of 33.23.[1] He won a second Ranji Trophy final in 1996–97, captaining his team, by this stage renamed Mumbai. Manjrekar scored 78 runs in the match, in which both sides only batted one innings.[22] 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.

Post Retirement[edit]

After retiring from professional cricket, Manjrekar works as a cricket commentator.[1][23] He has won numerous awards for his insightful and analytical style of commentary, with both current and past international stars praising his in-depth knowledge of the game. He is considered to be a wonderful singer by some of his former team-mates. He released an Indipop album called 'Rest Day'. He sang some of his favorite songs as well as some Indian cricketers' favorites.[24]

In April 2017, while doing commentary in the IPL match of Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders it was incorrectly alleged by Mumbai Indians Player Kieron Pollard and erroneously reported by media that he called Pollard "brainless".[25] Pollard took it to Twitter and expressed anger over his remark. It was later clarified by Manjrekar that he had in fact used the word "range" not "brainless" thus creating needless controversy.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Player Profile: Sanjay Manjrekar". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Player Profile: Vijay Manjrekar". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Miscellaneous Matches played by Sanjay Manjrekar (60)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Tikekar, Aroon; Ṭikekara, Aruṇa (2006) [1984]. The Cloister's Pale: A Biography of the University of Mumbai. The University of Mumbai. p. 234. ISBN 81-7991-293-0. 
  5. ^ "North Zone Universities v West Zone Universities: Vizzy Trophy 1984/85 (Final)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Bombay University v Delhi University: Rohinton Baria Trophy 1984/85 (Final)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Haryana v Bombay: Ranji Trophy 1984/85 (Quarter-Final)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "First-Class Matches played by Sanjay Manjrekar (147)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c "First-class Batting and Fielding in Each Season by Sanjay Manjrekar". CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Bombay v Baroda: Ranji Trophy 1986/87 (West Zone)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Central Zone v West Zone: Duleep Trophy 1987/88 (Semi-Final)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "India v West Indies: West Indies in India 1987/88 (1st Test)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "India v New Zealand: New Zealand in India 1988/89 (4th ODI)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "West Indies v India: India in West Indies 1988/89 (2nd Test)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Pakistan v India: India in Pakistan 1989/90 (1st Test)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "Pakistan v India: India in Pakistan 1989/90 (3rd Test)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "India v South Africa: South Africa in India 1991/92 (3rd ODI)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "Bombay v Hyderabad: Ranji Trophy 1990/91 (Semi-Final)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  19. ^ "Bombay v Punjab: Ranji Trophy 1994/95 (Final)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  20. ^ "Zimbabwe v India: India in South Africa and Zimbabwe 1992/93 (Only Test)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  21. ^ "India v South Africa: South Africa in India 1996/97 (1st Test)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  22. ^ "Mumbai v Delhi: Ranji Trophy 1996/97 (Final)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  23. ^ "Sanjay Manjrekar's Mangalore origin". 
  24. ^ Sanjay Manjrekar
  25. ^ "Kieron Pollard slams Sanjay Manjrekar for ‘verbal diarrhoea’ during KKR IPL tie". Hindustan Times. New Delhi, India. April 11, 2017.
  26. ^ "IPL 2017: Sanjay Manjrekar denies calling Kieron Pollard ‘brainless’ on air". Hindustan Times. New Delhi, India. April 15, 2017.