Former India batsman, Sanjay Manjrekar is thrilled by the copious amount of talent the Indian team has currently at its disposal. His comments come after all-rounder Krunal Pandya and pacer Prasidh Krishna were given their maiden ODI cap on Tuesday against England in Pune.
Sanjay Manjrekar speaks of the talent the side has not just in the playing eleven, but on the bench as well. The Indian team defeated Australia in Australia despite losing the services of several first-choice players – only Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane played all the 4 Tests in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
India recently thrashed England in the Test series and in the T20I series as well making a comeback after losing the first game. Sanjay Manjrekar is excited by watching young players, such as Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav, who both hit the fifties on their maiden innings. The 55-year-old also points out that the pace bowling department is also beefed up like never before.
“Just exploring options and there are many, many options in India currently. I am looking at Indian cricket and I am a little excited with the kind of talent available we have seen some real exciting T20 batting talent. In fact, the guys who were not playing in the T20 eleven for India, those guys are also exciting options that you would be keen to go to,” Sanjay Manjrekar told ESPNcricinfo.
“And same with seam because when India is at full strength you will know exactly who your three seam bowlers are likely to be. Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s comeback in the T20 series was significant. So Prasidh Krishna is just another bowling talent that India is exploring; they have already got their five guys,” he added.
Not a big fan of Mohammed Siraj in white-ball cricket: Sanjay Manjrekar
The cricketer-turned-commentator feels that handing a debut to Prasidh Krishna overplaying Mohammed Siraj in the first ODI is the correct decision. Manjrekar doesn’t believe Siraj and Navdeep Saini are as good white-ball bowlers as they are in Test cricket, especially with Shardul Thakur putting up consistent impressive performances recently.
“I am not a big fan of Mohammed Siraj in white-ball cricket and if he has found his confidence in Test match cricket where he can become a really terrific bowler for India. They might just look to play more of Siraj and Saini but with Shardul and other guys around, they have got plenty of seam bowling options. And I am very happy for Prasidh Krishna,” the former batsman beleives.