Ashwin, Jadeja more focused on the economy than wickets – Sanjay Manjrekar

Team India lost the first match of the ICC T20 World Cup. Pakistan thumped India by 10 wickets in their first match. The defeat also ended India’s winning streak against the Men in Green.

As the Men in Blue were unable to pick a single wicket, a lot of questions were raised over the bowling setup. Ravindra Jadeja and Varun Chakravarthy were the two spinners, who failed to pick a wicket. R Ashwin and Rahul Chahar are the two other spinners in the squad.

However, even they struggled in the IPL. Speaking on the matter, former Indian batter Sanjay Manjrekar stated that spinners will have to look for wickets. Manjrekar also added that Ashwin and Jadeja are more focused on the economy than wickets.

“Ashwin, like Jadeja, is not a wicket-taker. Both are more focused on the economy than wickets. I believe in T20s, the spinners’ job is to get wickets and be the game-changer in the middle,” Manjrekar wrote in his column for Hindustan Times.

“The big concern for me is India’s bowling. I know there is merit in the thought that you must back your players after their failures, especially in T20s, but this is easier to do when you are playing a long season of the IPL and not when a couple of defeats mean all chances of winning the World Cup are down the drain,” he added.