R Ashwin has once again come under fire from Sanjay Manjrekar. Following India’s dismal tour of South Africa, the former India batsman expressed his opinion of Ashwin’s performance in SENA countries (South Africa, England, New Zealand, Australia).
In the first two games of the series at Paarl, R Ashwin failed to make an impact after five years in the fifty-over side. As a batsman, he hit seven runs and registered a wicket of 1/53 in the first match. His next spell lasted 68 runs and he returned with no wickets. He made an unbeaten 25 with the bat. In the final game, KL Rahul made four changes in an attempt to prevent a whitewash. For some reason, Ashwin returned to India’s ODI plans. The result was costly. Though he played both crucial games, Ashwin did not do much. There are also questions about Yuzvendra Chahal. Prasidh Krishna needs to be supported a bit more. Mohammed Shami is also an option in 50-overs.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has shown symptoms of struggling to get back to his best bowling form even before this series. After viewing his performance in the series, I suppose that’s a closed case. Deepak Chahar, the one ball that can get Janneman Malan, should convince selectors that he is a superior alternative. He went on to say more. Finally, when asked about the series loss and the South African tour in general, Manjrekar described it as a ‘dreadful defeat.’
“India’s journey has been summated by the way the match ended.”. India’s South African tour was one of the worst ever. That was the fated outcome. This was not the right time for India in South Africa. It is a bad loss,” he concluded.