Former Indian batsman Sanjay Manjrekar, who is now a commentator and cricket pundit, tried to expose Indian team's overdependence on one man. He didn't name the player specifically, but we know he was talking about Virat Kohli.
Virat scored 149, and 51 in the first and second innings respectively. He was the highest scorer for India by a mile, with 200 runs in the match. But one man can win you only one or two sessions, not the whole game.
Manjrekar wanted to express the same thing in his tweet after India's 31-run loss against England but got lashed by the fans. Nothing new, as fans love to go after him as soon as he shares his opinion. Many, those who even agree with him don't want to stay behind when it comes to poking fun at the commentator.
“When it’s a contest between a team and an individual the team generally wins,” he tweeted.
When it’s a contest between a team and an individual the team generally wins. #INDvENG— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) August 4, 2018
Here is how Twitter reacted:
That's cruel on the bowlers. And the individual also got two lives in the first innings. The bowlers set it up— Mohit Malik (@mmalik2986) August 4, 2018
A bit unfair to Ishant and Ashwin at least! Funny how underappreciated bowlers are even in a low scoring match.— Ali Ahmed Khan (@Alihappy92) August 4, 2018
Day you stop commentary India will win even with a individual #panothi— Saz (@onlineshark) August 4, 2018
But if you analyze closely bowlers from both teams bowled excellently. Indian batsmen faltered a bit more than English batsmen hence lost. In fact English batsmen batted as badly.— mohan (@mohansunderam) August 4, 2018
Don't blabber it was an excellent contribution from Ashwin and Ishant. The blame is on batsmen.. Mr. Mumbaikar the entire batting unit failed.. Kholi was dropped in first innings too regardless his marvelous efforts..— Adhivan Vikram (@upplikanth) August 4, 2018
But but our mumbaikars should be in team ????????— #HBDSuperstar (@Kish4Mahesh) August 4, 2018
Yes, unless it's a team made of 11 Sanjay Manjrekars.— Abhishek (@Sajjanlaunda) August 4, 2018