Sanjay Manjrekar
Manjrekar feels playing Jadeja in the WTC Final backfired.

Former Indian batsman Sanjay Manjrekar was disappointed with the team selecting Ravindra Jadeja in the playing XI for the World Test Championship (WTC) final. He stated that the decision to play Jadeja, as an extra batsman, backfired like it always does as there wasn’t much turn on offer for the southpaw to exploit with the ball.

Before the start of the WTC Final, Sanjay Manjrekar had included Hanuma Vihari in his playing XI. The 55-year-old has once again gone on to suggest that Jadeja is not yet good enough to play for India’s Test team, purely based on his batting skills.

“If you have to look at how India went about before the game started, picking two spinners was always a debatable selection especially when the conditions were overcast and the toss was delayed by a day,” he told ESPNCricinfo.

“They picked one player for his batting, which was Ravindra Jadeja, and his left-arm spin wasn’t the reason he was picked. He was picked for his batting and that is something that I am always against,” he added.

The cricketer-turned-commentator added that trusting Ravindra Jadeja’s batting skills “backfired as it mostly does”. Hanuma Vihari last featured for Team India during the Sydney Test in January. Sanjay Manjrekar believes playing a Test specialist like Hanuma Vihari might have stretched India’s lead further in the second innings.

“Had they had a specialist batsman in Hanuma Vihari for example, who had a pretty good defence, that would have been handy. Maybe 170 could have been 220, 225, or 230, who knows?” he questioned.

Team India will look to iron out their flaws following the defeat against New Zealand. The Virat Kohli-led side will have a huge task on their hands when they take on England in a five-match Test series, starting August 4.

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