But when former India participant Sanjay Manjrekar expressed his “problems” with Ashwin being seen as an all-time nice by citing his abroad report and the current successes of Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel, Chappell recalled West Indies tempo nice Joel Garner’s good-looking contributions when bowling alongside some of the sport’s best velocity retailers.
“When people start talking about him as being one of the all-time greats of the game then I have a few problems,” Manjrekar mentioned on the ESPNcricinfo programme ‘Runorder’.
“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.
“And the different factor whenever you discuss him operating by means of sides on Indian pitches that are suited to his type of bowling is that in the final 4 years, Jadeja has matched him with wicket-taking skills.
“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,” Manjrekar concluded.
Not satisfied with Manjrekar’s commentary, Chappell, the astute captain of his time, cited Garner, one of most feared quick bowlers of all time, for example.
“I would like to make a couple of points there — if you look at Joel Garner, I mean how many five-wicket hauls Joel Garner has? Not many, when you consider how good he was and his record. And why, because he was performing with three other very, very fine players,” Chappell identified as Manjrekar listened.
“And I think, particularly of late, I find that the Indian attack has been so strong that the wickets are being shared around more.
“And the different level I might make is as a result of of Ashwin’s fame I believe the England gamers most likely concentrated extra on retaining Ashwin out and with Axar Patel, effectively, let’s be blunt about it, they did not have a bloody clue,” Chappell added.
Besides Ashwin, the former Australian captain picked Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Kagiso Rabada among the high-5 best bowlers right now, while retaining Pat Cummins at the high of the record.
He rated Ashwin forward of Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon.
“I believe Ashwin is a greater bowler than Nathan Lyon. Have a take a look at Nathan Lyon’s strike price, you might be in the 70s and I’m going again to 2018.
“Nathan Lyon, to me, I think runs get scored through the onside when he is bowling to the right-handers and that really just shouldn’t happen. Yes, he is a fine bowler but I think Ashwin is a better bowler.”
As far as Ishant is involved, Chappell is very impressed along with his report since the begin of 2018.
“Ishant’s record in the last, I think I went back to the start of 2018 and looked at some stats and his record is extremely good,” Chappell mentioned.
Ishant has taken 77 wickets in 22 Tests since 2018.