The time has come for Ravichandran Ashwin to win a game for India in a foreign setting: Sanjay Manjrekar.


Sanjay Manjrekar believes that Ravichandran Ashwin’s moment has come to replicate his domestic success in foreign circumstances.

Ravichandran Ashwin isn’t as excellent a match-winner in SENA countries as he is in turning conditions, according to Manjrekar.

On Day 3 of the World Test Championship (WTC) final versus New Zealand, Ravichandran Ashwin was India’s best bowler.

On a relatively new surface, the 34-year-old bowled with exquisite discipline, delivering India’s first breakthrough in the form of Tom Latham while allowing only 20 runs.

Manjrekar told ESPNcricinfo:

“He is surely a high-class bowler but I will again tell everyone that he’s a brilliant match-winner on turning pitches in India. But this is his third tour to England – he’s been to Australia three times and twice to South Africa – and here he hasn’t shown a long impactful spell yet to win the game for India. The time has come for Ashwin to do just that.”

Following Ashwin’s dismissal, the Indians went through another long period of attritional bowling. At the end of the day, Ishant Sharma supplied a second break, catching Devon Conway at mid-on.

Ravichandran Ashwin, like Prasanna and Bedi before him, took Latham’s wicket: Sanjay Manjrekar is a Bollywood actor.

Sanjay Manjrekar

Ravichandran Ashwin’s dismissal of Latham was also unusual of Ravichandran Ashwin, according to Sanjay Manjrekar.

Unlike in India, where Ashwin employs turn and variations and close-in fielders, Manjrekar claims Ashwin enticed the batsman to drive the ball, a strategy championed by luminaries such as Erapalli Prasanna and Bishan Singh Bedi.

“Today’s wicket was absolutely brilliant because he had no help from the wicket and he got the dismissal in a new way. In India, he picks up wickets with the help of short-leg and silly-point. Today, he picked up the wicket like an old-timer, like how Prasanna and Bishan Singh Bedi used to do by luring the batsmen into driving to the covers, mid-off or mid-on. Pitch didn’t had anything for him but despite that, he picked the wicket using a good strategy, tactic and skills.”

The WTC final is tensely poised thanks to Ashwin and Ishant’s spells, with New Zealand trailing by 116 runs and India needing eight wickets to bat again.

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