Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar celebrates his 55th birthday on Sunday (July 12) at his local residence in Mumbai. Greetings and hopes from various parts of the cricket world continue to arrive for Manjrekar on social media.
Manjrekar made his debut for India in 1987. For a career for more than a decade, he wore an Indian jersey in 37 Tests, and 74 ODI. However, he has a much more successful and influential role as a commentator.
As a batsman, Manjrekar has always been regarded as a talented and technically proficient batsman who failed to prove his courage in the international arena.
When the Karnataka-born batsman was one year older, Lord’s Cricket Ground reshared a wide-ranging video on their YouTube account where Manjrekar took XI of all time.
The Manjrekar Team looks very deadly on paper because it has the perfect mix of ferocity and flamboyance.
Manjrekar chose compatriots Sunil Gavaskar and Kumar Sangakkara as his team’s opening pair, maintaining a left-right combination. He further stated that Gavaskar was the main reason he started playing cricket in his youth.
Cricket turn commentators chose Caribbean runner Vivian Richards for position No. 3. Following Richards in the order of power were Sachin Tendulkar at No. 4 and Brian Lara at No. 5, respectively.
Former Australia captain Steve Waugh sits in No. 6. Waugh led Australia to a World Cup victory in 1999.
Interestingly, Manjrekar chose Pakistan’s legendary cricket player Imran Khan as the captain of his team above the others.
Malcolm Marshall, Wasim Akram and Sir Richard Hadlee led the fast bowling department while Shane Warne was the only spinner in XI of Manjrekar’s lifetime.
This is Sanjay Manjrekar of all time XI:
Sunil Gavaskar, Kumar Sangakkara (week), Sir Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Steve Waugh, Imran Khan (c), Malcolm Marshall, Wasim Akram, Sir Richard Hadlee, Shane Warne.