R Ashwin Gave A Hilarious Reply To Sanjay Manjrekar’s Controversial Remarks About Him: Cricketer turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar made the headlines once again on Sunday however for all the controversial reasons. The cricketer stirred a debate on social media after his opinion on India’s off-spinner R Ashwin.
Well, in an interview, recently, Sanjay Manjrekar had said that he doesn’t consider Ashwin as an all-time great bowler considering he hasn’t taken any wicket in the so-called SENA countries (South Africa, England, New Zealand, and Australia).
So far, Ashwin has picked 409 rickets in 78 Tests he has played including 30 five-wicket hauls as well. Talking about the same, Manjrekar said:
“When people start talking about him as being one of the all-time greats of the game then I have a few problems. One basic problem I have with Ashwin is that when you look at SENA countries, Ashwin doesn’t have a single five-wicket haul there,”
He had added:
“And the other thing when you talk about him running through sides on Indian pitches that are suited to his kind of bowling is that in the last four years, Jadeja has matched him with wicket-taking abilities. Then, interestingly, in the last series against England, Axar Patel got more wickets than Ashwin on similar pitches. So that is my problem with accepting Ashwin as a real all-time great,”
Sanjay Manjrekar’s opinion led to a debate on social media with several cricketers and experts expressing their opinion on the same. There were many who slammed the former cricketer for his opinion.
Responding to the criticism, Sanjay Manjrekar, on Sunday, took to Twitter to clear the air. In his tweet, he wrote that an “all-time great” is the highest praise a player can achieve and as per him Ashwin hasn’t reached that phase. He wrote:
‘All- time great’ is the highest praise & acknowledgement given to a cricketer. Cricketers like Don Bradman, Sobers, Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Virat etc are all time greats in my book. With due respect, Ashwin not quite there as an all-time great yet. ?
Here, check out the Tweet:
‘All- time great’ is the highest praise & acknowledgement given to a cricketer. Cricketers like Don Bradman, Sobers, Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Virat etc are all time greats in my book. With due respect, Ashwin not quite there as an all-time great yet. 🙏#AllTimeGreatExplained😉
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) June 6, 2021
The tweet soon caught the attention of R Ashwin, who came up with a hilarious reply to Manjrekar’s opinion. In his reply, Ashwin shared a picture from a Tamil movie Anniyan, in which the lead character (actor Vikram) tells his friend:
“apdi solladha da chaari, manasellam valikirdhu” (which roughly translates to: don’t say that, my heart is paining).
Here, check out his tweet:
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) June 7, 2021