Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar defended his remark astir Ravichandran Ashwin's spot successful the database of all-time greats, saying the off-spinner is "not rather determination yet". Manjrekar said the likes of Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, Don Bradman and Gary Sobers are immoderate names whom helium would spot successful the database of all-time greats.
Manjrekar's mentation travel aft helium faced disapproval connected societal media for his comments astir R Ashwin. The erstwhile batsman came up with societal media station connected Sunday afternoon, explaining his take.
"'All- clip great' is the highest praise & acknowledgement fixed to a cricketer. Cricketers similar Don Bradman, Sobers, Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Virat etc are all-time greats successful my book. With owed respect, Ashwin not rather determination arsenic an all-time large yet. #AllTimeGreatExplained," Manjrekar said.
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Earlier, Manjrekar had said helium has "problems" erstwhile radical categorise Ashwin successful the database of all-time greats. The cricketer-turned commentator pointed fingers astatine Ashwin's records successful SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia) countries to suggest helium doesn't beryllium there. Manjrekar besides said young left-arm spinner Axar Patel surpassed the senior-off spinner during the location bid against England earlier this year.
"When radical commencement talking astir him arsenic being 1 of the all-time greats of the crippled past I person a fewer problems," Manjrekar said connected the ESPNcricinfo programme 'Runorder'.
"And the different happening erstwhile you speech astir him moving done sides connected Indian pitches that are suited to his benignant of bowling is that successful the past 4 years, Jadeja has matched him with wicket-taking abilities. Then, interestingly, successful the past bid against England, Axar Patel got much wickets than Ashwin connected akin pitches. So that is my occupation with accepting Ashwin arsenic a existent all-time great," helium added.
Notably, Manjrekar had called all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja a 'bits and pieces cricketer' successful 2019 earlier the India prima responded with a sharply-worded societal media post.
Manjrekar conceded that Jadeja had proved him incorrect with his show successful the semi-final of 2019 World Cup wherein the all-rounder's valiant effort with the bat went successful vain.
"Still one person played doubly the fig of matches you person played and one m inactive playing. Learn to respect ppl who person achieved.i person heard capable of your verbal diarrhoea," Jadeja had said.
"Bits and pieces helium conscionable ripped maine isolated today. By bits and pieces of sheer brilliance conscionable proved maine incorrect connected each fronts. But this Ravindra Jadeja we person not seen precise often. In the past 40 innings his highest people was 33," Manjrekar told the ICC aft India's decision successful London.
"But contiguous helium was brilliant. Economical with the ball, and that acquainted solemnisation that you spot aft helium gets to his fifties," helium added.