India's former batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has expressed how "frustrating" it has been to watch the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) due to the mish mash of cricketers in terms of playing ability.
"You have got these very good players and then there’s a huge chunk of out-of-form players, players past their prime, and players with the ability (seeing which) you wonder whether they belong here. And that’s why we have seen so many bizarre ends and turnarounds. This has been, for me, the most frustrating IPL to watch," Manjrekar told ESPNCricinfo.
Manjrekar also said that the pitch in IPL 2021 has been phenomenal for bowlers but not so much for the batsmen.
As a result, the commentator believes that the teams at the later stage of the tournament have looked sluggish an inactive.
"The pitches have helped the bowlers, the medium-pace kind, the quicks, the spinners, everybody. Bowling has thrived, but you would expect in this kind of league for batters to play with distinction. You can understand the first couple of games (but) you can’t be looking rusty in one of your final games of the tournament… IPL this time has basically carried a lot of flap, and that’s what we are seeing here," said Manjrekar.
Majrekar also criticised some players namely Suresh Raina, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, and Riyan Parag, who were out of form, but kept playing on instead of giving other deserving players a chance.