Sanjay Manjrekar had an obsession to be a technically perfect batsman. Due to this reason, he was hailed as the next Sunil Gavaskar. Sanjay’s father, Vijay Manjrekar, also represented India in the past. Those who had seen Vijay bat could understand that the pursuit of technical perfection was inherited.
In 1988-89, while playing against four West Indian quicks at Bridgetown, he displayed a masterly hundred. Then, he was selected for the tour of Pakistan, where he scored a double and single century. In Zimbabwe’s inaugural Test match, he hit his fourth hundred and this was a match saving effort. This was the last hundred of his career.
Further, on the bouncy pitches in South Africa and Australia, he could not exhibit a good form and rhythm. He never recaptured his balance and poise. In 1997, he tried to reinvent himself as an opening batsman and was unsuccessful. Then, his international career ceased. At present, he is busy as a television commentator and media pundit.
Sanjay Manjrekar got the opportunity to represent India in 74 ODIs in which he batted in 70 innings and remained not out 10 times. He collected 1994 runs with 105 as his highest score. His batting average was 33.23 and batting strike rate was 64.30. He bashed 10 sixes, 99 boundaries, 15 fifties and 1 century. While fielding, he took 23 catches.