Ian Chappell counters Manjrekar’s argument on Ashwin not yet an all-time great
As India starts preparing for the World test Championships final against New Zealand. It is expect that Ashwin, who was in prime form in recent test series play by India against both Australia & England, is expect to create an impact. Also, he has an outstanding record against New Zealand with a staggering haul of 48 wickets in just 6 tests.
Meanwhile, in a Cricinfo debate, Sanjay Manjrekar has questioned Ashwin’s greatness in SENA countries. Where he is yet to manage a 5 wicket haul. Manjrekar’s has in the past too rated Nathan Lyon ahead of Ashwin as Lyon’s overseas returns are better than Ashwin. However, it must be said that in the last Australia series. Ashwin took 11 wickets in 3 tests that he played and created a lot of impact in the series. Where he even managed to keep Smith relatively quiet.
Manjrekar’s remarks on Ashwin was not taken kindly on social media. However, it was the former Australian great Ian Chappell, who came to Ashwin’s defense and refuted Manjrekar’s views in that debate.
Chappell dragged the example of the giant West Indian quick of the 1980s, Joel Garner, asking that how many fifers Garner has?
Chappell reasoned that just because Garner did not have many 5 wicket hauls. It did not mean that he did not have an impact.
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Drawing from Garner’s comparison Chappell reasoned that of late the Indian team has many wicket taking bowlers and also due to Ashwin’s reputation. The opposition is wary of taking too many chances against him. Which is creating wicket-taking opportunities for other spinners like Axar. Who benefitted in the home series against England due to Ashwin’s presence at the other end.
Getting to the Ashwin – Lyon comparison, Chappell said that though Lyon is a good bowler. His strike rate is much inferior to Ashwin. He concedes runs on the onside which should not happen to a high quality off spinner.
Ashwin has got 409 test wickets in 78 tests at an impressive strike rate of 52 compare to Lyon’s 399 wickets in 100 tests at a strike rate of 64. This proves Ian Chappell’s argument that Ashwin has a much better strike rate.