Former Indian batsman Sanjay Manjrekar said that the off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is not an all-time great on the list as Ashwin’s credentials are not up to the mark in the ‘SENA’ countries where most of the Indian cricketers are out of the comfort zone and are yet prove themselves. Ravichandran Ashwin, with due respect to him, I think he’s a great guy at what he does, but when people start talking about him as one of the all-time greats, I have a few problems with that,” Sanjay said.
Manjrekar who was speaking for Cricinfo’s youtube channel opined “One basic problem that I have with Ashwin is that when you look at SENA, the countries for batsmen and bowlers, places where Indians find themselves outside their comfort zone – it’s amazing that he doesn’t have a single five-wicket haul. Not one five-wicket haul in all these countries.”
Ashwin has played 78 Test matches for India and has picked 409 wickets. This has also made him the 4th highest wicket-taker for India and he is only behind Harbajan Singh, Kapil Dev, and Anil Kumble. Also, Ashwin is the No.2 in ICC rankings for the Test Bowlers.
Ashwin who is also considered to be a bowling all-rounder has toured England for the upcoming WTC final game and for the five-match Test series against England which is ahead of the WTC final.