Former Pakistan player Danish Kaneria has added that Team India should stop backing Rishabh Pant in white-ball cricket and that Sanju Samson should get more chances as well. While speaking on his YouTube channel, he added that while Pant has had a lot of chances, he has failed in limited-overs cricket lately.
Kaneria opined, “India should accept the fact that Rishabh Pant is not a white-ball cricketer. They have tired him at every position in the order, just so that he can score runs. But what about Sanju Samson? Did he do anything wrong by scoring 36 runs?”From fans to former players, everyone has expressed displeasure over this. All this is very demoralizing for Sanju Samson, as he is being treated like an average cricketer.”
However, Rishabh Pant struggled to get going in the white-ball series against New Zealand. He scored just 17 runs from two T20Is while playing as an opener. And, he finished the ODI series with 25 runs. Sanju Samson, on the other hand, did quite well in the ODI series opener. The veteran batter scored 36 runs in the first match but didn’t get the chance in the remaining two games. He also opened up about Deepak Hooda’s performance as well.
“Deepak Hooda was dancing when the ball started to seam. He didn’t understand what was happening. The team management dropped him when he was doing well, shattering his confidence. Now he has been asked to play in a tough situation where he doesn’t know what to do. You want to make four or five different teams, but at least form one proper team first. There is no harm in having separate squads for different formats, but at least the players should get a fair chance to prove their worth. Otherwise, you will continue to be unsuccessful in clinching an ICC trophy. Everyone will be busy in the IPL now. But what about the downfall of Indian cricket? They must accept the reality. Their form has been declining constantly,” Danish Kaneria concluded.