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Manjrekar disagrees on calling Ashwin an all-time great

Former Indian cricketer and famous cricket commentator Sanjay Manjrekar made a controversial statement on Indian right-arm off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

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Former Indian cricketer and famous cricket commentator Sanjay Manjrekar often finds himself in controversies with his alien statements. Once again he has found himself in such a situation, with a comment on Indian right-arm off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

Indian right-arm off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is often regarded as one of the greatest players in modern-day cricket. Especially his Test cricket numbers also make it appealing to call him so. Recently he entered into the elite club of  400-wickets in Test cricket.

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Meanwhile, Sanjay Manjrekar expressed his disappointment on calling the spinner an all-time great. Sanjay highlighted that Ashwin doesn’t have any five-wicket hauls 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 further compared the spinner with later’s teammates. Manjrekar added that Ravindra Jadeja whom he called ‘Bits and Pieces’ earlier, is matching the levels of Ravichandran Ashwin nowadays. Also, he compared the no .of wickets taken by Ashwin and Axar Patel in the last Test series against England.

“The other thing – you talk about him running through sides on Indian pitches when pitches are suited to his kind of bowling. But in the last four years, (Ravindra) Jadeja has matched him with wicket-taking ability throughout a series. So, Ashwin is not a guy who soars above the others. And interestingly, in the last series against England, Axar Patel got more wickets than Ashwin on similar pitches. That is my problem with accepting Ashwin as an all-time great.”

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