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Sanjay Manjrekar Highlights England Bowlers’ Shortcomings After India’s Dominant Win
By CricShots - Feb 19, 2024 5:44 pm
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India has taken a commanding 2-1 lead in the ongoing Test series against England, with a resounding 434-run victory in the Rajkot Test. The match showcased stellar performances from the young Indian batsmen, earning accolades from the cricket community. In the first innings, debutants Sarfaraz Khan (62) and Dhruv Jurel (46) made significant contributions, aiding India in posting a formidable total of 445 runs.

England team
England team

The second innings witnessed impressive performances from Shubman Gill (91) and Sarfaraz Khan (68*), along with Yashasvi Jaiswal’s outstanding double-century (214*), his second in the series. Jaiswal’s innings, featuring 14 fours and 12 sixes, left a lasting impact. He notably smashed three consecutive sixes off James Anderson, drawing praise from former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar.

Sanjay Manjrekar highlighted how the inexperienced Indian batsmen “massacred” the English bowling attack, emphasizing England’s bowling concerns heading into the remaining Tests.

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“I respect England’s approach, and they are doing the world of Test cricket great good. But the worry for them going into the next 2 Tests is the bowling attack. The big takeaway on Day 4 was how their bowling was massacred by young Indian batters with hardly any Test experience,” Sanjay Manjrekar expressed in an interview with ESPNcricinfo.

Sanjay Manjrekar
Sanjay Manjrekar

While acknowledging the commendable performances of England’s young spinners, Manjrekar emphasized the challenge they face with limited first-class experience. He doubted their ability to consistently dismiss the Indian batting lineup.

“The biggest problem England will face will be with their inexperienced spinners, who have done phenomenally well. But it’s just too much of a burden to carry for these young shoulders with hardly any first-class experience. I don’t see them suddenly getting India 150 all-out, and I can’t see India giving them rank turners that other opposition teams have got,” Sanjay Manjrekar added.

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Manjrekar further opined that while England’s batting remains potent, their bowling department may struggle to support them consistently.

“England’s batting will continue to be dangerous, but their bowling will keep allowing India to come back in the game. That’s where India looks a little more secure,” concluded Sanjay Manjrekar.