Sanjay Manjrekar
Manjrekar feels that the time has come for Ravichandran Ashwin to emulate his home success in overseas conditions.

Former Indian batsman Sanjay Manjrekar feels that the time has come for Ravichandran Ashwin to emulate his home success in overseas conditions. He also reiterated his long-held stance that Ravichandran Ashwin isn’t as good a match-winner in SENA countries as he is on spin-friendly tracks.

Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers for India on Day 3 of the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand. The veteran off-spinner bowled with great discipline, giving India the first breakthrough in the form of the New Zealand vice-captain, Tom Latham. Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, Sanjay Manjrekar said:

“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.”

The 55-year-old also observed that Ashwin’s dismissal of Latham was atypical of him. After Ashwin got the better of Latham, Ishant Sharma provided India with the second wicket as half-centurion Devon Conway was caught at mid-on by Mohammed Shami. New Zealand will resume play on Day 4 at 101/2, trailing India by 116 runs.

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