Sanjay Manjrekar apologises for Harsha Bhogle argument and admits 2019 has been his ‘worst year’ as a commentator

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Sanjay Manjrekar is making headlines again. Always linked with some controversy, the former Team India cricketer has been a subject of reprimand from the Indian cricketing fandom, and his recent comments regarding Virat Kohli brought him enough slack in the past few days. Even before that, the commentator was on a verbal feud with Harsha Bhogle regarding the historical pink ball test match. However unexpectedly, Manjrekar has apologized for his words.

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Even just two days ago, the former middle order batsman’s controversial tweet on a young Kohli from 2012 resurfaced, and even after 7 years his unapologetic stance towards the Men in Blues skipper still had no change. But, in an unforeseen turn of events, the 54 year old has expressed regret for his negative behaviour towards Bhogle.

Regarding the argument about the pink ball test in November, Manjrekar reminded Bhogle about his non-cricket background: “You need to ask [the players about visibility] perhaps, [but] for us, those who have played the game, we have a fair idea of what’s happening out there.”

Manjrekar, who played 37 Test and 74 ODIs for Team India, swas against Bhogle’s opinion about the players’ views on the usage of pink ball, and the former Mumbai star gave reprimand to Bhogle about not coming from a cricketing background.

His comments towards Bhosle, who is a PGDM recepient from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad and a respected commentator in the Indian cricketing scene,  was not received well by the media and fans.

Yesterday, in an interview with ESPNcricinfo, Manjrekar regretted his comments towards his fellow commentator: “I want to get very serious about this. See, one thing I pride myself on is being professional and with that particular comment it was me losing control and I was unprofessional, I was wrong and something that I regret… it was wrong of me.”

“That is what really bothers me that I let my emotions get the better of me. Mostly being unprofessional and to an extent indecent as well.” he added.

In the interview, Manjrekar also added that in his career as a commentator, the past 12 months have been the worst.

“See I started this [as a commentator] in 1997-98, since been about 20-21 years in this profession, and its [2019] been the worst year for me as analyst and commentator. The woest year, and that’s it.” he told the interviewer.

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