Manjrekar credits Smith’s tactical decisions with Australia’s victory

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Sanjay Manjrekar praised Smith for his excellent tactical decisions during the match, which proved to be highly effective for Australia. Specifically, he commended Smith’s decision to bring Starc into the attack against Shreyas Iyer, who is known for his proficiency in playing spin. Manjrekar was impressed with Smith’s strategic acumen and his ability to read the game. Additionally, he lauded Smith for his astute captaincy, which played a significant role in Australia’s victory. Overall, Manjrekar’s admiration for Smith’s leadership and tactical skills was evident throughout the match.

Australia dominated India on Day 3 of the third Test at the Holkar Stadium in Indore. With ease, they chased down the target of 76 and won by nine wickets. Pat Cummins had to fly back home to be with his ailing mother, so Steve Smith took on the captain’s role.


Manjrekar hailed Steve Smith’s captaincy and said:

“Great captaincy too from Australia’s Steve Smith in the way he got Starc into the attack. They realised Iyer is so good against spin, let’s try him against pace.”

Manjrekar expressed his frustration with Rohit‘s choice to promote Jadeja in the batting line-up instead of Iyer during his interview with Star Sports at the conclusion of Day 2. He referred to this decision as “senseless,” indicating that he strongly disagreed with it.

“It has just disappointed me in the last and this innings as well that Jadeja came ahead of Shreyas Iyer. You can’t be doing that for left-right combination. You’ve got a proper batter…even if he is a right hander. And Jadeja coming in as a left-hander…I can understand when you have 2-3 left-arm spinners like Bangladesh used to have in the past. Here you have two quality off-spinners bowling. It did not make any sense to me. Iyer has a great feel for spinners so you want him ahead in the line-up. And he has shown his class,”

Manjrekar added.

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