Sanjay Manjrekar says “I would never have somebody like Ravichandran Ashwin in my team” in IPL 2021. Manjrekar has expressed his frustration with people and Ravichandran Ashwin’s T20 bowling skills. Sanjay remarked on Thursday that he’ll never even have somebody like Ashwin in his T20 team. Also, they have a “wicket-taker” like Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine.
Manjrekar’s discussion came shortly after Delhi Capitals’ three-wicket defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2021 Qualifier 2. Ashwin was introduced early and economical in his first three overs. Also, picked up two wickets in the 20th over of KKR’s chase. Rahul Tripathi hit a half-tracker from him for a straight six to win the game for KKR.
“We have spent far too much talking about Ashwin. Ashwin, the T20 bowler, is not a great force in any team. And if you want Ashwin to change, I don’t think that’s going to happen because he’s been like this for the last five-seven years. I can understand us dwelling on Ashwin in Test matches where he’s fantastic. He’s not playing a single Test match in England was a travesty. But to spend so much time on Ashwin when it comes to IPL and T20 cricket,” Sanjay Manjrekar said.
“I think he has shown us in the last five years that he’s bowled exactly the same and I would never have somebody like Ashwin in my team because if I got turning pitches, I would expect people like Varun Chakravarthy or Sunil Narine or Chahal and how they do their job, they get you wickets,” Sanjay Manjrekar added.
Lastly, Sanjay Manjrekar said that no franchise will want to keep Ashwin. If he just focuses on keeping the runs down. Ravichandran came under criticism before the Qualifier as well. IPL 2021 was his worst season with the ball. Ashwin took just seven wickets at an average of 47.29. Former players like Gautam Gambhir have advised him to stick with his stock ball. It’s without experimenting too much to be successful.