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Sanjay Manjrekar Slams Rajasthan Royals Decision to Bat Ashwin at No 3

Former Indian cricket team player Sanjay Manjrekar slams Rajasthan Royals for sending Ravichandran Ashwin to bat at the No 3 position during their Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter against Gujarat Titans.

Manjrekar was not happy with the move and called it ‘baffling’ and ‘ridiculous’ as RR slumped to defeat against Gujarat Titans.

Sanjay Manjrekar slams Rajasthan Royals

With Devdutt Padikkal losing his wicket, RR went with the surprising option to promote the veteran all-rounder but the experiment did not work as he was dismissed after making just eight runs in as many balls.


“Especially when Sanju Samson is the next guy in, you did not like him at No.4, but then you had Yashasvi Jaiswal, but you dropped him. You had the option of sending Samson to No.3 with Buttler going the way he was. I can understand something out of the box, like pinch-hitter when there are two steady batters.”

“But Buttler was going hell for leather, but then you sent in Ashwin. It was a bizarre move. I think Ashwin was sent as a pinch-hitter but there was no need for it because you do that when the score is 215-220 and you slightly doubt your ability to score that quickly, so you need someone out there to set the cat among the pigeons,” Manjrekar told.

“But with Buttler, the way he started, there was no need for it and you also send a message to the opposition that you are slightly insecure about the score, that we have to try something dramatically different, plus the fact that a wicket that falls, there is something psychological to it. I think it was a ridiculous move, “ he added.

Rajasthan Royals currently holds the second position in IPL 2022 points table and will face Kolkata Knight Riders on April 18 to play their next league match. Notably, Rajasthan Royals won 3 matches out of 5 they played so far in this IPL season.

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