Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar’s remark that he doesn’t believe off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin as an all-time great was once a “simple, straightforward” cricketing assessment that had created “a fuss”, Manjrekar said on Tuesday. The cricketer-turned-commentator quote-tweeted a response by Ashwin to one of his tweets and wrote: “… my heart aches to see simple, straightforward, cricketing assessments kick up a fuss at the present time”. After Manjrekar elucidated the comments he made on a YouTube show regarding why he doesn’t believe Ashwin an all-time great with a tweet on Sunday, Ashwin quote-tweeted Manjrekar’s tweet with a meme from a Tamil movie Aparachith.
Also Chaari, my heart aches to see simple, straightforward, cricketing assessments kick up a fuss at the present time https://t.co/7r7SNqpQq3
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) June 8, 2021
— Mask up and take your vaccine (@ashwinravi99) June 7, 2021
“‘All-time great’ is the highest compliment & acknowledgement provided to a cricketer. Cricketers like Don Bradman, Sobers, Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Virat etc are all time greats in my book. With due respect, Ashwin not relatively there as an all-time great yet,” Manjrekar had tweeted on Sunday.
The tweet came after Manjrekar told ESPNCricinfo in a YouTube show he has “a couple of problems” with Ashwin being termed an all-time great.
“Ravichandran Ashwin, with due respect to him, I think he is a great guy at what he does, but when people start talking approximately him as one of the crucial all-time greats, I have a couple of problems with that,” Manjrekar had said.
“One basic problem that I have with Ashwin is that when you look at SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia), the countries for batsmen and bowlers, places where Indians find themselves out of doors their consolation zone – it’s amazing that he doesn’t have a unmarried five-wicket haul. Not one five-wicket haul in a majority of these countries.
“The other object – you talk approximately him running through sides on Indian pitches, when pitches are suited to his more or less bowling. But in the final four years, (Ravindra) Jadeja has matched him with wicket-taking ability right through a series.
“So, Ashwin isn’t a guy who soars above the others. And interestingly, in the final series against England, Axar Patel got more wickets than Ashwin on similar pitches. That is my problem with accepting Ashwin as an all-time great.”
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