New Delhi. Ravichandran Ashwin has been an important part of Team India in red-ball cricket. He has created panic with his performance by dominating opponents in Test cricket with both bat and ball. However, when it comes to the shorter formats, Ashwin has not been a part of India’s team in white-ball cricket until recently and plays only in the IPL. Former India cricketer and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar has expressed surprise over the off-spinner’s place in the Delhi Capitals’ (DC) playing XI in the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).
Ashwin could not perform any special in this match and he gave 22 runs in 2.5 overs. In such a situation, Manjrekar said that when it comes to white-ball cricket, he is not a big fan of the off-spinner. He also feels that Amit Mishra should have been selected in the team before Ashwin.
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Sanjay Manjrekar said on Cricket Addictor, “I was a little surprised that he gave Ashwin a chance ahead of Amit Mishra. I don’t think Ashwin bowled very well. I am not a big fan of Ashwin in white-ball cricket. So if they could get Amit Mishra in the playing XI, he becomes that wrist spinner who is always a game-changer in T20 cricket.” To the surprise of cricket fans, Ashwin has also been included in India’s squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
Both Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav were dropped, as the team went with the combination of Ashwin and Jadeja along with some other key spinners. Delhi Capitals has had a great performance in the first half of the IPL. After this, he continued his stellar form in the UAE phase as well. When the team took on Hyderabad, the Delhi bowlers showed their dominance and restricted Hyderabad to a total of 134. Manjrekar said that the team was doing a little injustice to Amit Mishra. He also said that whenever Amit Mishra plays, he has given results for the team.
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Sanjay Manjrekar said, “People like low profile player Amit Mishra get raw deals. Whenever Amit Mishra plays, he takes wickets for Delhi. The other franchises he has played for in the past too, he has taken wickets.
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