Indian commentators indulge in on-air verbal spat

Manjrekar and Bhogle argued regarding the visibility of the pink ball used in the day-night Test

Indian commentators indulge in on-air verbal spat PHOTO: Twitter/ Sanjay Manjrekar

Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar and commentator Harsha Bhogle engaged in a heated argument on air during the recently-concluded day-night Test between India and Bangladesh at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

While commentating, Bhogle suggested that the administrators should take player’s feedback regarding the visibility of the pink ball used in the match.

“When there is a post-mortem done of this, the visibility of the ball will be one of things to look at,” Bhogle said.

Manjrekar, however, was quick to dismiss commentator’s recommendation.

“Don’t think so. Don’t think visibility is an issue,” said Manjrekar.

Bhogle insisted that it shouldn’t be an issue to inquire if players faced any problems during the match.

“We just need to ask the players what they think,” Bhogle replied.

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Former cricketer was not happy with Bhogle’s continuous argument and took a shot at his lack of experience with regards to playing international cricket.

"For us who have played the game, we get a fair idea about what's happening out there. I really think watching two-and-a-half, three days of cricket, I don't think visibility is an issue,” he said. “We've seen some terrific catches taken in the slips and on the boundary as well. I say this with some authority because 10-15 years of first class cricket, that's what we did."

Bhogle continued to present his rationale regarding why it is important to ask player’s opinion.

“The only reason you need to ask is, having played cricket should never be a limitation or a ceiling to learning. We would never have had T20 cricket otherwise.”

The argument ended with Manjrekar saying, “Point taken, don’t agree.”


Harsha bhogle and Sanjay manjrekar having a difference of opinion on live tv

— Vijay (@flighted_leggie) November 24, 2019


India thrashed Bangladesh in just over two days of their first day-night Test to sweep the series 2-0 on Sunday.