The Vijay Hazare Trophy ’18 Round of 10 matches involving Elite Group C started on Monday. The result of the match between Bengal and Jharkhand was yielded using VJD method as the second innings could not be completed due to bad light. VJD system is used in Indian domestic cricket to decide the result of matches affected by external factors. It was designed by an Indian engineer, V Jayadevan.
The result sparked a reaction from former Indian cricketer turned commentator, Sanjay Manjrekar. Manjrekar made a comment on his official Twitter handle regarding how the slow over rate of the bowling team in the second innings, i.e. Bengal team, forced the umpires to call play off as daylight faded into dusk. Here’s the tweet:
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!
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) October 3, 2018
Bengal team captain, Manoj Tiwary was unpleased with Manjrekar’s comments and replied to his tweet on Manoj’s twitter account. You can see the tweet here:
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.
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) October 3, 2018
Manoj, clearly displeasured at Sanjay Manjrekar’s tweet, wanted him to get his facts right before making a comment in public which might mislead Manjrekar’s followers.
Bengal are currently placed in the lower half of Elite Group C’s points table with 3 Wins and equal number of losses in 6 games. Bengal still have 3 more matches to play in the Group stage and need to win all the three and have other results go their way to qualify for the Quarter Final.