West Indies v India, 1st Test, Antigua, 2nd day July 23, 2016

'Ashwin not an all-weather No.6 yet'

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Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar analyses the talking points from the second day of the Antigua Test

'Impressed with Kohli's intensity and desire'

Virat Kohli brought up his maiden first-class double-century against West Indies in Antigua to continue his incredible run in international cricket

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'Ashwin at No.6 not a solution for all conditions' yet

India's batting fragility in seamer-friendly conditions could make it difficult to accommodate Ashwin at No.6

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'Baffling to see Shannon Gabriel under-bowled'

West Indies' decision to strengthen their batting by playing bowling allrounders is severely hampering their wicket-taking ability in Tests

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'Umesh Yadav's control a good sign for India'

Indian fast bowlers have been erratic in the past, but they showed control during the short stint at the end of day two

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  • Sreeram on July 23, 2016, 16:27 GMT

    Saha should prove himself to earn the number 6. As of now Ashwin and even Mishra are far superior to nervous Saha. Saha is not young anymore to play bravely, he is not 100% sure of his place, till he gets confident he needs to bat low. Sanjay is a old style analyst of cricket. Listening to him or even giving weightage to his style of thinking will take India back 30 years. I am a strong believer that we should encourage half alrounders, we will never get one complete allrounder like Kallis or even Kapil Dev born just like that in India again. We need to encourage people like Ashwin and Mishra with proven track record to bat more by giving responsibilities. I somehow believe Ashwin is a person who thrives with responsibilties. His interviews also point in that direction. Kolhi is doing that rightly. Keep it up Kolhi, Indian Test cricket is in safe hands.

  • Asker on July 23, 2016, 16:07 GMT

    Once again the mumbai media mafia at work- they cant handle others success, time and again ashwin has proved to be a better batsman and one who puts a price on his wicket and he just did played like a proper no 6 and mind you he was an opener for his U19 and state team so that means he is a technically sound and temperamentally sound batsman too. He might not be the supposedly rockstar batsman but we do not need such kind for a test, if he can perform his duties with sincerity and helps his team that is good enough, so sanjay keep your opinions to yourself. Second thing he is defending Ishant and we all saw yesterday and all through his career he is just not the one we want as a bowler and he is saying Shami did stray, what if even he strays no one can be spot on the probing line and length unless you are say McGrath or Walsh or Ambrose and eventually at the end of the day he bowled beautifully and got us a wicket to give a psychological boost which is needed for the team, good enough.

  • tochandra@gmail.com on July 23, 2016, 14:28 GMT

    Sanjay, You are analyzing, saying the team created a little competition between Saha and Ashwin. It is possible that Ashwin was sent ahead, so that when the 2nd new ball was taken, they do not lose Saha. We can not say what was the thought process behind it. Also, you are saying on difficult seaming conditions, Ashwin option won't not work. I do not think India will need 5 bowlers in seaming conditions and they will most likely play 6 batsman, so Ashwin may not play at 6. Why panic just because Ashwin scored a 100?

  • tochandra@gmail.com on July 23, 2016, 14:19 GMT

    I think Manjerkar wants Rohit to Bat at 6. Rohit is a good, but let the team mgmt handle who plays, where and when. They never said Ashwin is a permanent no.6 to comment about it. Let us be happy for what Ashwin and when he was asked to bat at no.6. It is too soon to speak it.

  • Kalyanaraman on July 23, 2016, 13:48 GMT

    I think Sanjay's statement on the No. 6 results in a lack of confidence in the top 5 in bowler friendly conditions. The likes of Shikar Dhawan and Pujara and Saha are really the ones to step up and be more consistent. We need to encourage Kohli's thought process of going in with 5 bowlers.

  • Pundit on July 23, 2016, 13:47 GMT

    Ashwin is not number 6 test batsmen, should give youngster a go at this and not Ashwin. He got a hundred but look at the way he played, against arguably weakest bowling attack in ideal,conditions. He is naturally favoured.

  • k on July 23, 2016, 10:01 GMT

    Why you want rohit in no 6

  • Sameer Mohanty on July 23, 2016, 9:26 GMT

    we need to start grooming hardik pandya as a batting all-rounder and shreyas gopal as the leg spinning all-rounder and play them according to condition.

  • Jose on July 23, 2016, 8:45 GMT


    'Ashwin not an all-weather No.6 yet'


    Unless you give enough chances to him at the same number, how do you find it out?



    'Baffling to see Shannon Gabriel under-bowled'


    He is returning from injury, and they want to use him in short bursts. - says coach.



    'Umesh Yadav's control a good sign for India'


    Hope, it is for good! We have seen many times before, "loves me; loves me not" type of affair with his control.

  • Alex on July 23, 2016, 8:31 GMT

    Ashwin is good against team who do not have great swing bowler. I pick ashwin in Test over jadeja. Jadeja really has to change his action and add some deception to his bowling. His hands shows where he lands the ball. Jadeja strength is direction in that he catch batsman in two mind. Getting wicket in test matches need more bounce and spin and he do not have it. He is a odi bowler and backup test bowler. I want to see how mishra bowls under kumble. It seems kumble helps fastbowlers with some brain work. Yadav always have physique but his bowling action is not good. So he really can't get natural variation. As long as he bowls fast he is useful. But problem is that west indies trying to draw the game. So bowling offside line is not the way to go when you have score to back you up. Different context needs different strategy, Indian bowlers has to attack all out. That said if every one attack and leak runs no good. Hope kumble assigned different bowler a different role.

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