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Sanjay Manjrekar picks his top 10 great fast bowlers; includes Kapil Dev as the only Indian in the list

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Former Indian cricketer, Sanjay Manjrekar picked his top 10 great fast bowlers on Monday. His list included only one Indian fast bowler i.e., former India all-rounder Kapil Dev. Other than that, there was no other Indian fast bowler on the list.

Manjrekar included veteran fast bowlers such as Wasim Akram, Curtly Ambrose, and Shane Warne among others. Veteran Indian bowlers such as Anil Kumble and Zaheer Khan did not make it to the list. 

Here’s a complete list of Sanjay Manjrekar’s top great fast bowlers: 

  1. Richard Hadlee
  2. Malcolm Marshall
  3. Curtly Ambrose
  4. Wasim Akram
  5. Shane Warne
  6. Glenn McGrath
  7. Dale Steyn 
  8. James Anderson 
  9. Muttiah Muralitharan
  10. Kapil Dev  

The netizens on the interview expressed displeasure over not including the likes of Kumble, Waqar Younis, or Courtney Walsh. A few pointed out the inclusion of James Anderson who doesn’t have a five-for in India. 

Here’s a look at some of the reactions: 

 

Sanjay Manjrekar is known to make headlines because of his controversial statements. His recent statement on Ravi Ashwin attracted eyeballs. Manjrekar said that he doesn’t regard Ashwin as an all-time great as the Indian spinner doesn’t have a five-wicket haul in a SENA country. 

“When people start talking about him as being one of the all-time greats of the game then I have a few problems. One basic problem I have with Ashwin is that when you look at SENA countries, Ashwin doesn’t have a single five-wicket haul there,” Manjrekar said on ESPNCricinfo.

“And the other thing when you talk about him running through sides on Indian pitches that are suited to his kind of bowling is that in the last four years, Jadeja has matched him with wicket-taking abilities. Then, interestingly, in the last series against England, Axar Patel got more wickets than Ashwin on similar pitches. So that is my problem with accepting Ashwin as a real all-time great,” he explained.