Sanju Samson’s poor outings in the Indian jersey continued yet again as he struggled to capitalize on the opportunity in Sri Lanka.
In the absence of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and KL Rahul in the top-order, Sanju Samson was tipped to utilize the chance and make a case for himself ahead of the forthcoming 2021 ICC T20I World Cup.
Sanju Samson Backed By Rahul Dravid As It Wasn’t The Easiest Condition To Bat
Despite the poor showing, Team India wicket-keeper batsman Sanju Samson has got the backing of his head coach Rahul Dravid. Addressing the press at the end of the series, Rahul Dravid said that it wasn’t the easiest condition to bat and Team India would be disappointed with the lacklustre batting performance in the display, especially in the 3rd T20I.
“I think to be honest it is not the easiest condition to bat in. Obviously, he got a chance in the one-day game and got a very good start of 46 runs, but in the T20s he probably batted well in the first one, however the last one couple of wickets have been a bit challenging.”
“But I guess when we look back on the series we would be a little disappointed but having said that I think it is not only Sanju, I think a lot of these young guys are talented young kids and terrific players, and we need to be patient,” he added.
Sanju Samson got off to a good start in the third ODI but failed to convert the start to big innings when his team needed it the most. He scored 46 runs in the third ODI before managing only seven runs, including a duck in the last two T20Is. Sanju Samson, who has now failed in nine consecutive T20 matches since last year, was defended by the Indian coach. Sanju Samson’s scores in the recent T20I series against Sri Lanka do not paint a good picture.
For someone who was tipped to make an impact before the T20 World Cup, 34 runs in 3 matches (with two fours and a six) at a strike rate of 94.44 and an average of just 11.33, these numbers are a massive disappointment. Sanju Samson simply squandered yet another golden opportunity before the T20 World Cup in October as he struggled against the Sri Lankan attack.
Sanju Samson Has The Ability To Perform Well: Aakash Chopra
The Kerala-born cricketer has copped a lot of criticism for his shortcomings and his T20I career might be in danger of ending after this series. Ahead of the 3rd T20I, former India opener Aakash Chopra had also offered support to the under-fire wicket-keeper batsman to bounce back soon. Speaking on his YouTube channel, the cricketer-turned-commentator said that he is hopeful of Sanju Samson doing well.
“I am still hopeful of Sanju Samson doing well. I know he is not batting at the position that he is comfortable at. Sanju Samson has only played nine matches. You have expectations from those players who, you know, have the capability.”
“Sanju Samson has that ability to perform. He is comparatively more experienced compared to the others, may be not at the international level but definitely in the IPL. He has been playing the IPL for a long time and is even the captain of a franchise (Rajasthan Royals). I have high hopes from him.”
So far, Sanju Samson has accumulated only 117 runs from 10 T20I matches with the highest score of 27, which is quite low considering the talent he possesses. So far in his career, Sanju Samson‘s T20I numbers are ordinary — 117 runs in 10 games at a strike rate of 110 despite being given opportunities to bat in the top four. In his last 10 T20I innings for India, his scores read- 19, 6, 8, 2, 23, 15, 10, 27, 7, 0.
Sanju Samson had a relatively poor IPL 2020 for Rajasthan Royals managing only 375 runs in 14 games averaging 28.84 but was going strong in IPL 2021 managing 277 runs in 7 games averaging 46.16 and scored a ton. He led from the front as captain as the team was placed 5th before IPL 2021 was suspended for bio-bubble breach.