Former Indian batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has once again been in the news for his controversial comments about India’s all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. In the recently concluded World Test Championship (WTC) Final, India had to suffer a humiliating eight wicket loss against New Zealand and their dry run with the ICC Trophies continued. Although India’s fight in the match was a substantial one, there were some players who didn’t perform as per the expectations.
One such was all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who is known to single handedly turn the match in his team’s favor from any position. In the final, however, Jadeja didn’t with the ball as well as with the bat.
Speaking on what went wrong with the Indian team, Sanjay Manjrekar pointed out the selection of playing XI. He specifically mentioned Ravindra Jadeja’s selection and also explained why the management shouldn’t have included the premier all-rounder. Jadeja ended up scoring a total of 31 runs across both the innings.
‘He was picked for his batting and that is something that I am always against’
“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. They picked one player for his batting, which was 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,” Manjrekar said on ESPNCricinfo.
However, when Virat Kohli was asked about the selection, he backed his decision, saying that this is the best XI they could’ve fielded. Jadeja’s staggering numbers in the last two years have been the best but still, India missed a fast-bowling all-rounder.
Manjrekar also opined that if the management had picked Jadeja for his left-arm spin, it would’ve been okay but since they picked him for his batting, it was quite strange.
“You have got to pick specialist players in the team and if they felt that the pitch was dry and turning, they would have picked Jadeja for his left-arm spin, along with Ashwin, that would have made sense. But they picked him for his batting and I think that backfired as mostly it does,” he added.