Sanjay Manjrekar disagrees when people call Ashwin ‘all-time great’

New Delhi: Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has said that he has a problem with Australian great cricketer Ian Chappell and other people when calls Ravichandran Ashwin one of the all-time greats of the game.

While talking to cricinfo.com Indian cricket commentator and former cricketer Manjrekar said, “When people start talking about him as being one of the all-time greats of the game then I have a few problems. One basic problem I have with Ashwin is that when you look at SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand, and Australia) countries, Ashwin doesn’t have a single five-wicket haul there.”

Earlier, 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.” 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. 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.

The Tamil Nadu player has played 78 Tests and taken 409 wickets, has 30 five-wicket hauls, most of them on Indian pitches. Manjrekar feels that all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has matched the off-spinner in the last four years.

He says that someone like left-arm spinner Axar Patel, who made his Test debut earlier this year, too is fast emerging as a dependable bowler. “And the other thing when you talk about him running through sides on Indian pitches that are suited to his kind of bowling is that in the last four years, Jadeja has matched him with wicket-taking abilities. “Then, interestingly, in the last series against England, Axar Patel got more wickets than Ashwin on similar pitches. So that is my problem with accepting Ashwin as a real all-time great,” said Manjrekar.

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