- Sanjay Manjrekar was recently asked to share his views about Ravindra Jadeja’s place in the Indian squad for the T20I World Cup.
- Jadeja was named in India’s squad for the Asia Cup.
- All-rounder Axar Patel was overlooked by selectors for the showpiece event.
Speaking to Sports 18 after India’s squad announcement, former Indian cricketer Manjrekar was asked to share his views about Jadeja’s place in the Indian squad for the T20I World Cup. “Ravindra Jadeja himself knows there is some serious competition coming in. So it’s really about Jadeja now convincing the selectors whether he is going to be a bowling all-rounder or a batting all-rounder,” Manjrekar said.
The former Indian cricketer and full-time cricket pundit feels that Jadeja will have to convince the team management that he is a better spin bowling option than Axar. “Depending on that, his place in the team will be decided. If he is competing as a bowling all-rounder, he has got to convince the team management that he is better than Axar Patel as a second spinning option,” Manjrekar explained.
The former Indian batter asserted that Jadeja will also have to act as an ‘adequate replacement’ for Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya if the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) star wants to play the role of a batting all-rounder. “If he is going to be a batting all-rounder, then has got to show that he is an adequate replacement to somebody like a Dinesh Karthik, who is likely to bat at No. 6 or No. 7, or somebody like a Hardik Pandya at No. 6,” he added.