WTC Final: I have problems when people call R Ashwin one of the all-time greats - Sanjay Manjrekar

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Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has said that helium has "problems" erstwhile radical telephone off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin arsenic 1 of the all-time greats.

The cricket-turned-commentator pointed retired that the 34-year-old was having nary 5-wicket haul successful SENA (South Africa, New Zealand, England and Australia) countries and that helium runs done the absorption sides lone connected the rotation affable wickets of India.

"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'.

"One basal occupation I person with Ashwin is that erstwhile you look astatine SENA countries, Ashwin doesn't person a azygous five-wicket haul there."

"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," Manjrekar concluded.

Not convinced with Manjrekar's observation, Ian Chappell, the erstwhile Australia captain, cited Garner, 1 of astir feared accelerated bowlers of each time, arsenic example.

"I would similar to marque a mates of points determination -- if you look astatine Joel Garner, I mean however galore five-wicket hauls Joel Garner has? Not many, erstwhile you see however bully helium was and his record. And why, due to the fact that helium was performing with 3 different very, precise good players," Chappell pointed retired arsenic Manjrekar listened.

"And I think, peculiarly of late, I find that the Indian onslaught has been truthful beardown that the wickets are being shared astir more.

"And the different constituent I would marque is due to the fact that of Ashwin's estimation I deliberation the England players astir apt concentrated much connected keeping Ashwin retired and with Axar Patel, well, let's beryllium blunt astir it, they didn't person a bloody clue," Chappell added.

Besides Ashwin, the erstwhile Australian skipper picked Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Kagiso Rabada among the top-five champion bowlers close now, portion keeping Pat Cummins astatine the apical of the list.

Further, Chappell said Ashwin was a amended bowler than his Australian counterpart Nathan Lyon.

"I deliberation Ashwin is simply a amended bowler than Nathan Lyon. Have a look astatine Nathan Lyon's onslaught rate, you are successful the 70s and I americium going backmost to 2018."

"Nathan Lyon, to me, I deliberation runs get scored done the onside erstwhile helium is bowling to the right-handers and that truly conscionable shouldn't happen. Yes, helium is simply a good bowler but I deliberation Ashwin is simply a amended bowler."

As acold arsenic Ishant is concerned, Chappell is precise impressed with his grounds since the commencement of 2018.

"Ishant's grounds successful the past I deliberation I went backmost to the commencement of 2018 and looking astatine immoderate stats and his grounds is highly good," Chappell said.

Ishant has taken 77 wickets successful 22 Tests since 2018.