Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary has played 12 ODIs and two T20Is for India. @ AFP
Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary has played 12 ODIs and two T20Is for India. @ AFP

Former India cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar was slammed by Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary on Wednesday after Manjrekar criticised Bengal’s slow over rate during a Vijay Hazare 2018-19 match.

Chasing Bengal’s 267/8, Jharkhand were declared winners via the VJD method when the team was at 264/9 in 49 overs and bad light forced play to be stopped. “Vijay Hazare match between Bengal & Jharkhand could not be completed. Had to be decided by VJD method. Why? Fading light. Why? Slow over rates! Bowling team took 4 hours 18 minutes to bowl their 50 overs!,” Manjrekar tweeted.

 

Taking note of Manjrekar’s tweet, Tiwary, in a series of tweets, lashed out at the former India batsman. “Wud hav really appreciated if u cud had asked d team management from both d teams by Callin them up over d phone if u really want 2 know d reasons rather than posting in twitter and asking d followers. In my opinion it sends d wrong message 2 d people who follows u Sir,” he wrote.

Tiwary also said that many interruptions during the match delayed the innings. “In short I want 2 update u on why it had happened, d first reason being d venue, where d ball was not easy 2 find once it was goin inside d jungle, d second reason being d extreme hot whether conditions, d third reason being one batsman got cramped in his whole body,” he wrote.

There was also a batsman who suffered cramps and needed medical assistance. “Nd he needed Physio’s assistance inside d grnd where it took lots of time,he had 2 b taken off d grnd after d check which took time Nd d fourth reason being there was an inspection of d bat which he was using in d middle of his innings wen v noticed his bat’s blade,” Tiwary wrote.

 

Tiwary said that he has always played the game with honesty. “V play dis game wit utmost honesty. Plz don’t post questions 2 d followers rather than plz tag us on issues related to our teams and ask 4 d reasons if u want 2. Our followers r our honest cricket fans and I believe d right message along wit right indications needs 2 reach them,” he tweeted.