Ashwin never plays to take wickets, but to improve his economy in T20 – Manjrekar

Sanjay Manjrekar has stated that R Ashwin never plays to take wickets but to improve his economy rate in T20 cricket. The off-spinner is not having a great IPL season. However, he conceded just 20 runs against Mumbai Indians which helped his side pull off a hard-fought win.

The veteran has taken just four wickets in nine innings in the ongoing IPL 2021. His economy of 7.5 is good considering the nature of the shortest format of the game.

While speaking with ESPNcricinfo, Manjrekar discussed Ashwin’s performance in white-ball cricket.

“When Ashwin plays white-ball cricket, he never looks to go after taking wickets, which is unlike his approach in the Test matches. In the T20s, his main focus relies on keeping his economy rate in check.”

Though Manjrekar feels that Delhi Capitals will persist with the spinner.

“During the last game against MI Axar picked up 3 wickets and Ashwin leaked 10 runs per over in a low-scoring encounter, this might bother Ricky Ponting. But seeing that match as a one of game, he might not drop the off-spinner. “