India cruised to victory in the second game of the five-match T20I series against New Zealand at the back of a fine bowling performance from the tourists which allowed them to restrict the Black Caps to a paltry total of 132.
Although bowlers were at the forefront of the win for India, KL Rahul was adjudged player of the match for his measured half-century. Interestingly, renowned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar opposed this decision and loudly pondered on Twitter whether a bowler should have given the prize instead.
Manjrekar’s tweet received a cheeky response from left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who asked the former batter to name the specific individual deserving of the man of the match award. Jadeja claimed two wickets for 18 runs in his four overs, but Manjrekar replied he believed Jasprit Bumrah was more deserving of the prize given the fact he bowled in the death overs.
The duo’s Twitter battle is a continuation of the feud between the two during the ICC World Cup when Manjrekar had called the all-rounder a “bits and pieces player”. Jadeja had labelled Manjrekar’s commentary as “verbal diarrhea” in reply.