India’s wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik, who has also started his career in commentary after the England series, has slammed former Indian batsman Sanjay Manjrekar over his comments on legendary Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. Recently, Manjrekar had revealed that he would not include Ashwin in All-Time Greats as he hasn’t taken much five-wicket hauls in SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia) countries.
Manjrekar’s statement sent the social media on frenzy as many fans were furious over his take on Ashwin. The issue was debated many times and it also resurfaced Manjrekar’s statements on Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja back in 2019 during the ICC 50-over World Cup in England. The former batsman had called Jadeja a ‘bits and pieces’ cricketer and in return, Jadeja had slammed him on Twitter and also replied him with some stunning performances, especially during the semi-final against New Zealand.
Ashwin replies Manjrekar using a Tamil movie meme
After the opinion sparked a debate, Ravichandran Ashwin himself took to Twitter to reply to Manjrekar’s opinion. Ashwin used a meme from a Tamil Movie Aparachith. The meme meant: “Don’t say like that man, it’s hurting.”
Here’s Ashwin’s reply:
For all those who don’t understand Tamil, it’s a dialogue from the movie Aparachith!
— Mask up and take your vaccine🙏🙏🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) June 7, 2021
Dinesh Karthik also slams Sanjay Manjrekar
While speaking on Sports Today, Dinesh Karthik spoke about how Ashwin has picked good wickets at crucial intervals, which has helped India win matches overseas in the SENA countries. “When it comes to Ashwin, a lot of things have been said about his performances in SENA continues. I think it’s a tad bit unfair. Even if you see the way he has bowled in Australia, the pressure he has been able to create and his ability to get good batsmen out.” Karthik told Sports Today.
“As an opposition, you look at Ashwin and always think he is a guy whom we need to play carefully. He is not a random bloke who just turns up, he will have a plan, he knows what he is doing and gives you a lot with the bat at No. 8. He is probably one of the better No. 8s going around. For me, he is a fighter, a very skilled cricketer and a student of the game who wants to keep improving. He will know what this Indian team requires from him when they travel abroad and I think he will try and fulfil that role to his best,” he added.