Sanjay Manjrekar clarifies his 'all-time great' comment on Ravi Ashwin after receiving flak on social media

Sanjay Manjrekar clarifies his ‘all-time great’ comment on Ravi Ashwin after receiving flak on social media

R Ashwin, a member of India’s 20-man UK contingent, is currently under hard quarantine at Southampton.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Sanjay Manjrekar
Ravichandran Ashwin and Sanjay Manjrekar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar has never been shy of making bold statements. Known for his carefree nature, the former player has often found himself in the line of fire of many owing to some radical opinions related to both the game and certain players.

He was at it again recently when he went on to iterate that Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin does not come in his list of ‘All-time greats’. Notably, R Ashwin has been one of not India’s but the world’s leading spinner in the last decade. Even as his cricketing pedigree needs no certification, his numbers speak for his case.

Ashwin has bagged more wickets than anyone else in international cricket (611) since his international debut, with James Anderson following him with 559 wickets in the said duration. The 34-year-old has also been the leading wicket-taker for India in the decade gone by, with 564 scalps to his name, while he is the quickest to the landmarks of wickets in all multiples of 50 to 400 for India in Tests.

Having won a Player of the Series for a record eight times in Tests, Ashwin has established his name with some force in the international as well as domestic and IPL arena. That said, Manjrekar reckons that the “All-time great” is the highest praise and acknowledgement, which Ashwin cannot be bestowed with just yet.

Sanjay Manjrekar received severe flak for his ‘I have a problem with Ashwin being an all-time great‘ remark, as he took the performance in SENA countries (South Africa, England, New Zealand, Australia) into consideration, where the off-spinner is yet to claim a fifer. The 55-year-old went on to suggest that Ravindra Jadeja has managed to match Ashwin in foreign conditions, whereas he rated Axar Patel highly for picking more wickets than Ashwin during the home Test series against England.

“‘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”, read a tweet posted on his official handle, with a wink and folded hand emoji on either side of the hashtag, which was suggestive of this being a response to the ones calling him out for his remarks.

Ravichandran Ashwin a part of India’s WTC, England series squad

Meanwhile, R Ashwin, a member of India’s 20-man UK contingent, is currently under hard quarantine at Southampton’s famed Hilton Hotel, which is located in the premise of the Ageas Bowl, the venue of India and New Zealand’s titular clash for the inaugural World Test Championship set to be played from June 18-22.

India is set to play England in a five-Test series post the WTC final, with the series running until mid-September. Ashwin was last active during the now-suspended 14th edition of the Indian Premier League, although, the spinner had pulled out of the league citing personal reasons even before the edition was abruptly halted due to a spate of Covid-19 cases across different bio-bubbles of four IPL camps.