Cricketer turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar who was subjected to criticism after calling Indian cricketer Ravindra Jadeja a “bits and pieces player” was in all praise for the left-handed all-rounder after the latter’s valiant 77-run knock against New Zealand on Wednesday.

“Bits and by pieces, he (Jadeja) just ripped me apart today,” said Manjrekar.

“Bits and by 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 (Wednesday) he was brilliant, economical with the ball,” he added.

The video was uploaded by ICC on Twitter with the caption, “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.”

Talking about the match, chasing a paltry 240 against New Zealand in the first semi-final of the 2019 World Cup, India lost their top order cheaply. At one stage, India were 92 for 6 and then Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni stitched a 106-run partnership to bring India back in the game but the duo failed to take India home and the Men in Blue were bundled out for 221 — 18 runs short of New Zealand’s.

Ravindra Jadeja played an innings of his life. The southpaw scored 77 runs off just 59 deliveries. His blitzkrieg was laced with four boundaries and as many sixes.