“Not the same bowler we saw 18 months back in Test cricket”: Sanjay Manjrekar’s big comment on India Star cricket news

"Not the same bowler we saw 18 months back in Test cricket": Sanjay Manjrekar's big comment on India Star cricket news

File photo of Sanjay Manjrekar.© BCCI

England on Tuesday created history by chasing 378 runs, their highest successful target in Tests. It was Jasprit Bumrah-led India that was at the end of England’s historic feat at Edgbaston in Birmingham. The Ben Stokes-led side reached home with seven wickets in 76.4 overs as the pair of Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow stitched an unbeaten 269-run stand to keep India at bay. The guests saw a glimmer of hope when England were at 109/3 at one point but unbeaten centuries from Root and Bairstow took the Indian win out of the equation completely.

Jasprit Bumrah took two wickets for 74 runs in the final innings of the match while all other Indian bowlers remained without wickets. The costliest bowlers in the innings were Mohammad Siraj and Shardul Thakur, who bowled at economy rates of 6.5 and 5.9 respectively.

Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar feels that Thakur is not as effective as he used to be in Test cricket about a year and a half ago.

“I think Shardul Thakur is not the same bowler we saw in Test cricket, probably 18 months ago,” Manjrekar said on SonyLIV after the match.

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Talking about Siraj, the former India batsman said: “I am seeing the growth of Mohammad Siraj as a bowler. The seam-up delivery has just happened.”

In the match, India scored 416 runs after being invited to bat first. The visitors then bundled out England for 284 runs and took a 132-run lead in the first innings. The Jasprit Bumrah-led side stumbled in their second innings and were bowled out for 245 while England chased down a target of 378 runs at five runs per over.

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