Sanjay Manjrekar damned the Indian batsmen’s deprived system for the squad’s 1-4 loss in the Test series in England. The ex-Indian Test batsman was full of praise for the bowlers adding they kept getting the country back in pathway however the batsmen didn’t show well.
While talking on the 9th Dilip Sardesai Memorial lecture at the Cricket Club of India, Manjrekar stated, “Interestingly, it was the batting that let India down this time (in England), the bowlers kept getting India back in the match and the batsmen kept letting those chances slip.”
“It wasn’t temperament that was letting these batsmen down. In South Africa and in England it was purely a technical problem, specifically defensive technique,” Dilip Sardesai noted.
Putting pressure on the detail that day-night Test cricket will escalate viewership, Manjrekar interrogated the Indian panel’s unwillingness in accepting the thought.
“The only way to get more people to watch Test cricket, increase its viewership, popularity and thereby it’s quality is day-night Test matches,” stated Manjrekar.
“Why aren’t we playing more day-night Test matches, when it’s a no-brainer that it will draw more viewership,” Manjrekar inquired.
As per the former right-handed batter, players are picking out T20 leagues over Test cricket that was logical owing to the money involved however was not worthy for the stretched form of cricket.
“Today’s Test cricket is played in front of empty stands and IPL in front of frenzied crowds of 50,000 plus and millions watching on TV.
“It’s about playing the IPL (Indian Premier League) at all cost, player injuries surface before and after the IPL. IPL offers you fame and money and who will say no to this?
“Also Test cricket is just too damn hard, so it’s no wonder that many are choosing T20 leagues over Test matches,” added up Manjrekar.
Manjrekar also warned that people “who are at the top” must not get dictated by the opinions of the cricketers.
“I believe that people at the top should get their(players) views and not get dictated by those,” he said.