Sanjay Manjrekar Moots India Is Having A Hangover Of Dominance At Home
By CricShots - Mar 4, 2023 2:55 pm
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Former Indian cricketer, Sanjay Manjrekar said he got the impression that India was carrying the hangover of dominance they had in the Border-Gavaskar trophy into the Indore Test. The hosts were convincingly beaten by Australia on Friday as they chased 76 runs with relative ease and nine wickets to spare.

Team India
Team India

Analyzing the defeat, as quoted by Sportskeeda, Manjrekar said that India kept on attempting to dominate the game a bit too early before assessing the pitch properly, which turned out to be the main reason why India failed to pull off a result in their favor. 

Explaining the same, as per the quotes in India Today, Sanjay Manjrekar said, “I got the impression that India was carrying the hangover of the dominance that they had in the series so far. They won the toss and batted first for the first time.”

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He further added, “So immediately the onus was on them to call the shots in the game and I thought they were just trying to dominate a bit too early and didn’t assess the pitch out. So too many attacking shots under the assumption that they knew the pitch and that is where I guess where India faltered.”

Sanjay Manjrekar
Sanjay Manjrekar

Manjrekar also commented on R Ashwin and Umesh Yadav bowling in tandem in Australia’s first innings to get rid of the tail. The former cricketer said it was good captaincy to turn to the duo and felt Ashwin did most of the work of getting two good batters in Peter Handscomb and Alex Carey.

Elaborating the same, Sanjay Manjrekar said, “That was a great turnaround. I thought there was a little extra indulgence with Jadeja, looking at him as the only bowler who was going to get you wickets, and once they turned their attention to Ashwin and even Umesh Yadav, the game completely changed.”

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He further explained, “So good captaincy to go eventually to those two guys and I thought Ashwin did the major work of getting two good batters out in Handscomb and Alex Carey and Umesh Yadav getting the huge wicket of Cameron Green was a big plus. So the game completely turned on its head.”