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‘Backfired, As It Mostly Does,’ Sanjay Manjrekar’s ‘Jadeja’ Criticism Returns After 2 Years



One of the most controversial cricket analysts of India, Sanjay Manjrekar has finally shared his thoughts on one of the biggest problems that the Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri overlooked while preparing the roster for the World Test Championship final which led to the sudden downfall of the team at Southampton’s Ageas Bowl cricket ground.

According to Manjrekar, the addition of Ravindra Jadeja in the Playing XI for the final against New Zealand was an incorrect decision. The all-rounder picked a solitary wicket while scoring 15 and 16 runs in the first and second innings respectively, as the Men in Blue struggled to build a decent team total and ended up losing the match and the WTC Mace by 8 wickets.

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"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.

"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."

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A look back at the past three years of Ravindra Jadeja’s batting career would show why Kohli’s decision to pick him primarily as a batsman made sense on the paper. The south-paw has averaged over 50 with the bat while working to make his bowling more effective too.

But thanks to the wind, cloud overcast, and humility, which made the situation a lot more pace and swing friendly, having Jadeja’s talents as a spinner left Manjrekar a little bitter in the mouth.

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"But I hope India don't do what England have historically done, pick somebody because there is another strength that they have and that strength might just come to good use, but very rarely it does when it's a pressure game."

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