Alyssa Healy hits back at Sanjay Manjrekar for questioning Australian women’s sportsmanship spirit

"Australian cricketers for some reason are convinced that showing grace on the field makes them weaker as opponents" says Manjrekar.

Alyssa Healy (Pic source: Twitter/ICC)

Australian women’s wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy has reacted furiously to former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar’s tweet, claiming that female Aussie cricketers for some reason don’t really appreciate the performances of their opponents.

Amidst the infamous ball-tampering controversy involving Australian men’s team, Manjrekar took to micro-blogging site Twitter on Wednesday (March 28) and posted a lengthy message to put forward his thought on the current crop of Women in Yellow.

“Will never forget a sight that made me quite angry at the time. Harmanpreet Kaur had just played one of the all time great innings of 171 n. o in the Women’s World Cup semi final in England last year. At the end of the innings, not one Australian player waited for Kaur to leave field first. Forget applause, there was not even an acknowledgment of one of the greatest performances seen in women’s cricket,” Manjrekar wrote.

“Instead, the Aussie women were seen walking away like an army battalion whose pride had been hurt and could not wait to get back on the front T teach the ‘enemy’ a lesson. As it turned out, Australia lost that game easily. Australian cricketers for some reason are convinced that showing grace on the field makes them weaker as opponents, when actually there is no connection between the two, as it was seen in this Women’s game,” he further added.

Manjrekar’s remarks certainly didn’t go down well with Alyssa Healy and she angrily replied: “This makes me really mad. Completely unfair and very poorly timed. Why are you trying to drag our game down as well? Happy to discuss this with you in person instead of you just throwing these comments out there.”

Alyssa Healy, who is the daughter of former Aussie wicketkeeper Ian Healy and the wife of current Australia speedster Mitchell Starc, is currently playing in the Women’s T20I Tri-Series involving England and the hosts India. In the preceding ODI series against India women’s team, Alyssa Healy had registered her maiden international ton at Reliance Stadium, Vadodara. Healy’s sensational 115-ball 133 was also the first century by a female Australian wicketkeeper and the highest individual score against India women.


By Salman Anjum - 28 Mar, 2018

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