The strongest emotion he had felt in the company of his father Vijay, also a cricketer who played for nearly a decade for India, was fear, said ex-Test player Sanjay Manjrekar at the launch of his autobiography, “Imperfect” here on 17 Jnuary 2018. I had no plan of including him in my book at first.
The way he (late Vijay Manjrekar) handled me had a lot to do about my success as a cricketer. I’m happy that both my children have nothing to do with cricket and I had allowed them to chart their own careers. Sanjay, who played 37 Tests after making his debut in the Delhi Test against the West Indies under the captaincy of Dilip Vengsarkar in 1987, scored 2,043 runs with a career-best 218 against Imran Khan’s Pakistan at Lahore in 1989.
He ended his career with an average of just over 37 with four hundreds to his credit in 1996 at Ahmedabad when in his early thirties. He was candid to concede that arrival of Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly to shore up the middle order hastened his self-imposed exit. “I did not want to undergo the grind of playing in Ranji Trophy to regain my lost place,” said the 52-year-old ex-player.