Ravichandran Ashwin, who was one of the stars for the Delhi Capitals (DC) in the last season, had an up and down 2021 season in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as after playing a few matches in the first half in India, he left the bubble to be his family due to COVID-19 scare.
In the UAE leg, he played all the matches and even though his economy rate was in the range of seven, he didn’t take too many wickets as in total 13 games he played, picked just seven wickets in total and Ashwin’s form has raised questions over selection in Team India’s squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup as he made a return to the national side in T20s after three years.
Talking about Ashwin on ESPN Cricinfo, Sanjay Manjrekar said that he hasn’t been a great force in the T20s and doesn’t fit into his team.
“We have spent far too much talking about Ashwin. Ashwin, the T20 bowler, is not a great force in any team. And if you want Ashwin to change, I don’t think that’s going to happen because he’s been like this for the last five-seven years. I can understand us dwelling on Ashwin in Test matches where he’s fantastic. Him not playing a single Test match in England was a travesty. But to spend so much time on Ashwin when it comes to IPL and T20 cricket,” Manjrekar said.
“I think he has shown us in the last five years that he’s bowled exactly the same and I would never have somebody like Ashwin in my team because if I got turning pitches, I would expect people like Varun Chakravarthy or Sunil Narine or [Yuzvendra] Chahal and how they do their job, they get you wickets,” he added.
Ashwin picked two wickets in two balls in the final over but Rahul Tripathi hit a six on the hat-trick ball to take Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) into the final of IPL 2021.