Social Media erupted after Ravindra Jadeja tweeted a reply to Sanjay Manjrekar. Manjrekar, a former Indian cricketer and now a commentator had said in a match that Jadeja is a 'bits and pieces' cricketer. Jadeja didn't take the comments lightly and replied that he had enough of Manjrekar's verbal diarrhoea.
This is not the first time this has occurred. Manjrekar was in the firing range earlier also. Kieron Pollard, West Indian cricketer incidentally also used the same Verbal Diarrhoea phase. Amitabh Bachchan also made a tweet during the T20 World Cup 2016. He said that it would be better if an Indian commentator talks more about the Indian cricket team rather than the opposition. Mahendra Singh Dhoni liked and replied to that tweet.
Just moments after the tweet come, there was an intense discussion going around. Some agreed with Jadeja's point of view. Others said that it was not the medium to settle a dispute. Both the sides had valid arguments.
Indian cricketers are subjected to a significant amount of scrutiny. Every move they make, on or off the field is watched significantly by a billion people. `The amount of pressure on these guys is not low. Add to all of that; they are generally not expected to express their views. Sometimes it reaches a tipping point. That might be the case here. Ravindra Jadeja had been a point of an intense discussion during the World Cup. Many people were discussing his spot even in the 15 member squad. There were calls of a fourth seamer in the team than Jadeja. So Jadeja must naturally be livid. So when Manjrekar made that comment, he must have decided enough is enough. Also, the remark doesn't seem right too. Jadeja is far from being a bits and pieces cricketer. He is a brilliant left-arm spinner, gun fielder, and a handy lower order batsman. He is more of a three-dimensional player.
However, Sanjay Manjrekar is a commentator. He is being paid for his views. His job is to comment on people's performances. So he was well within his rights to speak about what he thinks about Jadeja. That was the same issue with Mr Bacchan's complaint. The commentator can't be biased towards his country's players. He has to speak what he feels right. The problem starts when a commentator speaks biasedly. He speaks for or against the player irrespective of his/her performances.
The reasons for both sides will come in the coming weeks. It will be interesting to see what Manjrekar feels about Jadeja's comments and what made Jadeja tweet this. Till then what we can do is enjoy the memes!