WTC Final: Sanjay Manjrekar feels time has come for R Ashwin to win India a game in overseas conditions – Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar, who criticised R Ashwin for not performing in an overseas tour of India, has expressed that the time has come for R Ashwin to win a Test for India in overseas conditions. He also admitted that Ashwin has been a complete match-winner in Indian conditions.
“He is surely a high-class bowler but I will again tell everyone that he’s a brilliant match-winner on turning pitches in India. But this is his third tour to England – he’s been to Australia three times and twice to South Africa – and here he hasn’t shown a long impactful spell yet to win the game for India. The time has come for Ashwin to do just that,” Manjrekar told ESPNcricinfo.
In the WTC final against New Zealand Ashwin picked the vital wicket of Kiwi opener Tom Latham on Day 3. Ashwin bowled 12 overs out of which five were maiden. He gave away just 20 runs.
“Today’s wicket was absolutely brilliant because he had no help from the wicket and he got the dismissal in a new way. In India, he picks up wickets with the help of short-leg and silly-point. Today, he picked up the wicket like an old-timer, like how Prasanna and Bishan Singh Bedi used to do by luring the batsmen into driving to the covers, mid-off or mid-on. Pitch didn’t had anything for him but despite that, he picked the wicket using a good strategy, tactic and skills,” he added.
Earlier, Manjrekar said that R Ashwin is not the greatest bowler of the generation as he has not performed in SENA countries. “Ravichandran Ashwin, with due respect to him, I think he’s a great guy at what he does, but when people start talking about him as one of the all-time greats, I have a few problems with that,” Manjrekar said.
“One basic problem that I have with Ashwin is that when you look at SENA, the countries for batsmen and bowlers, places where Indians find themselves outside their comfort zone – it’s amazing that he doesn’t have a single five-wicket haul. Not one five-wicket haul in all these countries,” he added.
Meanwhile, by the end of Day 3, India picked up two wickets. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor are at the crease and India will aim to make a comeback in the game on Day 4. Currently, the start has been delayed due to rain