Former Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said that Sanju Samson is unlucky to miss out on the ODIs against Australia as well as the World Cup next month. While there have been a lot of reactions on social media about his omission despite his average of 55.71 in ODIs, Harbhajan explained why Samson is behind the likes of KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan in the team as well.
In a video on his YouTube channel, Harbhajan Singh said: “Sanju Samson’s exclusion has raised a lot of debates. If you average 55 in ODIs and still don’t be a part of the squad then definitely that’s strange. But I think Sanju wasn’t selected because India already had two wicketkeepers KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan. Both are also a part of the World Cup squad. Sanju will need to wait for his chance. I know it is difficult to accept sometimes and one can get disheartened. But age is on his side and I urge him to continue putting in the hard yards and wait for his time.”
However, Harbhajan Singh also said that he would personally select KL Rahul over Sanju Samson in ODIs, and Ishan Kishan also doing well now. He also played a stunning knock against Pakistan as well.
“If I have to choose between KL Rahul and Sanju Samson, I would definitely select Rahul because of the stability he provides at No.4, No.5. Samson is also a good player and can hit sixes at will, but the situation now is such that you can’t have three wicketkeeper-batters in a team. It will be difficult to field all of them in the XI,” Harbhajan Singh concluded.