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Ravindra Jadeja (77) and MS Dhoni (50) shared a 116-run stand for the seventh wicket, but in the end that proved to be not enough. @ ICC

Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar joined the praise for allrounder Ravindra Jadeja, who smashed 77 against New Zealand in the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as the team lost by 18 runs, putting aside his tiff with the cricketer over social media.

“Well played Jadeja,” said Manjrekar with a wink at the end of his tweet.

India lost to New Zealand by 18 runs after restricting them to 239/8 in the rain-hit semi-final played over two days.

Indian batters were undone by Matt Henry’s brilliant opening spell as he returned figures of 3/37. Jadeja (77) and MS Dhoni (50) shared a 116-run stand for the seventh wicket, but in the end that proved to be not enough, especially after Dhoni was caught short of crease by a brilliant direct hit by Martin Guptill. (ALSO READ: Kohli opens up on Dhoni’s retirement)

The cricketer-turned-commentator, who had called Jadeja a “bits and pieces player”, also excluded the Saurashtra all-rounder from his playing XI against the Kiwis.

However, after Jadeja s exceptional knock at Manchester, Manjrekar changed his stance. By bits ‘n’ pieces of sheer brilliance, he’s ripped me apart on all fronts, Manjrekar said in a video uploaded by the ICC.

But this is the Ravindra Jadeja we have not seen very often. In the last 40 innings, the average score has been around 33. Today, he was brilliant, economical with the ball, and then that familiar celebration you see more in Test matches.

After reaching his fifty, Jadeja, who has played 153 ODIs averaging just 30.60, made a gesture to the gallery. Manjrekar cheekily replied: Forgive me, I was not there. I have to apologise, he was looking for me, I wasn t there. I was in the lounge eating my lunch. (ALSO READ: ‘Unfair to expect Dhoni to finish the game all the time’)

Earlier, reacting to Manjrekar’s comment, Jadeja had 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 inputs from IANS)