Sanjay Manjrekar had said that Ashwin has not taken five wickets in an innings in some countries.
Former West Indies fast bowler Curtly Ambrose has defended former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar for his remarks on India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. Manjrekar had said that when people call Ashwin one of the all-time greats of cricket, they have some problem with this. Ambrose said on the YouTube show, “We all have different opinions and we all look at greatness differently. Manjrekar was the best cricketer of his time. They have their own opinion and we all have our own opinion. But how can you define greatness.” Also Read – R. Ashwin replied to Sanjay Manjrekar on All Time Great, said- ‘My heart hurts’
He said, “Sometimes we use greatness as procrastination, so we should be mindful of how we are defining greatness. According to me, greatness is when a player has been in rhythm for years in his time and not just for a year or two.” Ambrose has taken 405 wickets in 98 Test matches and 225 wickets in 176 ODIs for West Indies. Also Read – Manjrekar in trouble for calling Ashwin the greatest bowler of all time; Said- This spinner has not been able to take 5-wicket hall in SENA countries
Manjrekar had said that Ashwin has not taken five wickets in an innings in some countries. Manjrekar had said, “When people describe Ashwin as one of the all-time greats of the game, I have a problem. One basic problem that I have with Ashwin is that he hasn’t taken five wickets in the same innings in South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia. Also Read – Ian Chappell named Ravichandran Ashwin as the best Test bowler of the current era
After Manjrekar’s statement, Ashwin’s fans criticized Manjrekar on social media. Ashwin has played 78 Tests for India in which he has taken 409 wickets. He has taken five wickets in a single innings 30 times in his career, most of them on Indian pitches.