Sanjay Manjrekar hit out at Ashwin and his style of bowling after the Delhi Capitals player failed to defend 7 runs in the second qualifier
There are some people who yearn to remain in the limelight no matter at what cost.
Indian commentator, Sanjay Manjrekar is one of them. Over the years, the cricketer turned commentator has gone onto make a string of controversial statements, ones which show how he’s managed to succefully fry any brain cells he had.
His most same tiff was with all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja during the ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 2019 when Manjrekar had labelled Jadeja a bits and pieces player. Despite being schooled by Jadeja since, Manjrekar’s petulant personality saw him continuing with his sly and coy remarks at the CSK player over the years.
Sanjay Manjrekar Question Ravichandran Ashwin Selection In India’s T20 World Cup 2021 Squad
However, Manjrekar’s insatiable appetite for controversy was quelled with Jadeja. He decided to turn his attention to Ravichandran Ashwin with the two squabbling on a couple of occasions.
Manjrekar is back to spar with Ashwin in the aftermath of Delhi Capitals’ defeat in the second qualifier of IPL 2021. Ashwin who was handed the final over by Rishabh Pant was asked to defend seven runs, a task he looked set to pull off as he snared two successive wickets.
However, Rahul Tripathi’s six eventually sealed the affair for KKR with Manjrekar going onto question Ashwin’s style of bowling after the contest. Manjrekar went onto comment on how he would never have a player like Ashwin in his T20 team, a bowler who he claimed bowled in the same manner in all three formats of the game.
“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 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 [Yuzvendra] Chahal and how they do their job, they get you wickets,” Manjrekar added