Former Team India player Sanjay Manjrekar has said that India made a mistake by fielding two spinners in the final of the ICC World Test Championship against New Zealand. India had fielded two spinners in the form of Ravichandran Ashwin and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, while the New Zealand team took the field with fast bowlers. Most of the match was affected by bad weather and the match was decided on reserve day. On the sixth day, New Zealand won the title by defeating India by eight wickets.
Manjrekar believes that playing two spinners is always a matter of debate given the conditions favorable to the fast bowlers. Manjrekar said, “Choosing two spinners was always a matter of debate, especially when the weather was bad and the toss was delayed by a day. He picked Jadeja. He was not picked because of his spin bowling. Jadeja was picked for his batting. and that is something I have always been against.”
Specialist player has to be selected for the team
Manjrekar has said that picking Jadeja for his batting abilities backfired for India as it could have been better to play a specialist batsman. He said, “You have to pick specialist players in the team and if they felt that the pitch was dry and turning, then they would have picked Jadeja for their left-arm spin along with Ashwin. But they picked him for his batting and I think that decision backfired, as is the case with most.”
Tips to learn from England’s mistakes
Manjrekar further said, “For example if they had a specialist batsman like Hanuma Vihari, who has a very good defence, it would have been easier. Maybe the score could have been 170, 220, 225 or 230, who knows?” He advised India to learn from England’s past. He said that choosing someone for additional strength never works. But this happens very rarely when playing under pressure.
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