Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin made his way back to India’s T20I squad for the ongoing five-game run against the West Indies. It has not disappointed as it has remained frugal and has had no leaks. He managed to control the runflow in the mid-stage of the match, while also taking crucial wickets. Now, former Indian batter Sanjay Manjrekar has talked about how Ashwin has mastered the art of being frugal in the game’s shortest form.
“Who are his competitors now? You have Chahal confirmed for spinner in current form. Then you have Axar Patel, you have Jadeja who can bowl a bit. Hooda threw one over in the last match, then you have Kuldeep Yadav , you have Ravichandran Ashwin. I think Ashwin’s roster on this tour has been excellent. In the last couple of years in the Indian T20 competition, Ashwin has started to impress. I like Ashwin when he is with someone like Chahal. So it’s It’s not up to Ashwin to change the tide,” Manjrekar said on SPORTS18’s daily sports news show ‘SPORTS OVER THE TOP’.
“You know, the spinner’s job in T20 cricket, in the mid-stage, is to get wickets like Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj do for South Africa. That’s where Ashwin was a bit lacking as a T20 spinner. He focused a lot on the economy, but if you have someone like Chahal, or if there is any other wicket taking wrist spinner then Ashwin gets a big compliment because Ashwin has mastered the art of being frugal in T20 cricket. a few wickets was a great sign, but that’s what you get with Ashwin, that compliment to the other great wicket-taking spinner on the team,” he added.
Manjrekar also spoke about how Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal may not work as a couple in the shortest format.
“I don’t think that combination will ever be used by India. At least in T20 cricket where you have Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav both together as two spinners. Either it will be Axar Patel or Chahal, or it will be Ashwin or Chahal, or if Chahal is unfit then maybe they play Kuldeep Yadav as a gamble in one of the games I don’t see Chahal and Kuldeep being reunited maybe in 50 overs cricket they would,” said Manjrekar.
Ashwin has played three T20Is in the ongoing series and taken 3 wickets. He’s also made useful contributions with the bat, which comes down the ranks.
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