CWC 2019: Sanjay Manjrekar omits Ravindra Jadeja from his India playing XI for the semi-final

India will face New Zealand in the first semi-final at Old Trafford on July 9.

Jadeja returned with the figures of 1/40 in 10 overs in India’s last league game against Sri Lanka | Getty

Amid a lot of anticipation, Team India is all set to take on New Zealand in the first semi-final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Old Trafford, Manchester on Tuesday (July 9).

Ahead of the all-important clash, former cricketer turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar picked his Indian playing XI and made a couple of notable changes in it.

Manjrekar left out Ravindra Jadeja, whom he called bits and pieces cricketer last week, from his team and went with wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal instead. Playing his first game in this World Cup, Jadeja returned with the figures of 1/40 in 10 overs while he didn't get a chance to bat as India thrashed Sri Lanka by 7 wickets while chasing 265 in its last league match at Headingley on Tuesday (July 6). 

Sanjay also brought back Kedar Jadhav in his side in place of Dinesh Karthik and excluded right-arm seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar for Mohammad Shami.

Meanwhile, India entered into the semis having topped the league phase with seven wins out of nine games. On the other hand, the Black Caps managed to sneak through to the top-four on the back of better net run-rate than Pakistan despite finishing on equal number of wins and points.

The league match between both the semi-finalists was rained out without a ball being bowled at Trent Bridge on June 13.


By Salman Anjum - 09 Jul, 2019

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