Manchester | Jagran Sports Desk: India on Wednesday lost to New Zealand in the semi-final of the World Cup 2019 at Old Trafford in Manchester. New Zealand after winning the toss, elected to bat and scored 239 runs. India in reply could manage only 221 runs.

However, the star for India was Ravindra Jadeja. Jadeja performed very well with the ball and was excellent with his fielding while his batting was just brilliant. With the ball, he took 1/34 from his ten overs and with the bat he scored 77 off 59 balls. Jadeja with his superb innings won the hearts of many including Sanjay Manjrekar who had termed him a "bits and pieces" player.

The ICC posted a video on Twitter, in which Manjrekar could be seen praising the all-rounder.

“By bits and by pieces, he (Jadeja) just ripped me apart today. Bits and pieces of sheer brilliance just proved me wrong on all fronts. This is Ravindra Jadeja that we have not seen very often. His highest score in last 40-odd innings had been around 33 (but) today he was brilliant, economical with the ball,” said Manjrekar.

Jadeja blistering knock kept India's hopes alive till the 48th over. Once he reached the score of fifty during the course of his innings, the Saurashtra all-rounder celebrated in his trademark style and directed his celebration towards the media box.

He came out to bat when India was in a spot of bother at 92/6. He steadied the innings along with wicket-keeper batsman M.S. Dhoni as the duo stitched together a 116-run partnership. But his exploits were not enough as he was finally dismissed by Trent Boult.

Manjrekar, who had called Jadeja a "bits and pieces player", had excluded him from his playing XI against the Kiwis for the semifinals, was trolled heavily on the social media.

Earlier, reacting to Manjrekar's comment, Jadeja too tweeted back: "Still I have played twice the number of matches you have played and I'm still playing. Learn to respect people who have achieved. I have heard enough of your verbal diarrhea Sanjay Manjrekar."

Manjrekar did change his opinion on July 6 during the India-Sri Lanka game in which Jadeja featured, calling him a 'street-smart' cricketer.  

(with IANS inputs)

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