Sanjay Manjrekar says “This has been the most frustrating IPL to watch” in IPL 2021. Manjrekar has carried his annoyance with the ‘bizarre’ turnarounds. Also, that has unfolded in many IPL 2021 games. He believes that those players are past their prime and those with ‘ordinary abilities’ have contributed towards it. In the ‘most frustrating’ season in the tournament’s history.
Manjrekar’s perceptions came hot on the heels of the Kolkata Knight Riders‘ final-over win against Delhi Capitals. KKR was cruising in their chase of 136 runs. But significantly collapsed from 123-1 to 130-7 inside five overs. The condition came down from 13 off 24 balls to 6 of 2. When Rahul Tripathi took his team domestic with a maximum against Ashwin.
“I have followed the IPL very closely, but this has been a very unique IPL. We have seen some quality players but we have seen a large number of guys who are either ability-wise, quite ordinary to begin with, or players who are past their prime. You have got these very good players and then there’s a huge chunk of out-of-form players, players past their prime, and players with the ability you wonder whether they belong here. And that’s why we have seen so many bizarre ends and turnarounds. This has been, for me, the most frustrating IPL to watch,” Sanjay Manrjekar said.
Moreover, Manjrekar conceded that the pitches. This season has helped most bowlers. However, he said the batters have drastically failed to match the skills of the bowlers. It’s by looking rusty even at the business end of the season.
“The pitches have helped the bowlers, the medium-pace kind, the quicks, the spinners, everybody. Bowling has thrived, but you would expect in this kind of league for batters to play with distinction. You can understand the first couple of games you can’t be looking rusty in one of your final games of the tournament. IPL this time has basically carried a lot of flaps, and that’s what we are seeing here,” Manjrekar said.
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