New Delhi: The former Australian great cricketer Ian Chappell has termed, “India’s veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin as one of the best Test bowlers of the current generation.” However, former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar did not agree with Chappell’s words in ESPNcricinfo’s program ‘RunOrder’.
Manjrekar questioned Ashwin’s record at overseas grounds and said spinners like Ravindra Jadeja and more recently Axar Patel have also performed brilliantly on Indian grounds.
Meanwhile, Manjrekar said, “When people call him (Ashwin) the greatest bowler of all time, I have some problem. The problem with Ashwin is that he has not taken five wickets even once in SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand, and Australia) countries. When you look at his strong performances on Indian pitches, Jadeja has taken an almost equal number of wickets in the last four years. Patel has taken more wickets than him in the last series against England.
On this, Chappell recalled the contribution of the great West Indies fast bowler Joel Garner and said that his number of wickets was less because he had many other great bowlers in the team.
Contracting with Manjrekar’s views, Chappell cited the example of Garner. “If you look at Garner’s performance, he probably hasn’t taken five wickets too many times. When you look at his record, he might not look that impressive. This is because there were three more brilliant bowlers in that team. I think the last few years Indian bowling has been fantastic, so bowlers have to share wickets.
A specialist slip fielder Chappell also included Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, and Kagiso Rabada along with Ashwin among the five best Test bowlers of all time, but his country’s Pat Cummins topped the list. Chappell is also very impressed with the performance of Ishant in the last three years, who has taken 77 wickets in 22 Tests since 2018.