Former India player Parthiv Patel recently opened up on how India’s wicketkeeper-batter Sanju Samson missed an opportunity to prove his worth by scoring big runs under pressure in the fifth T20I against the West Indies on Sunday as well. He also added that players need to show character in such important games but he failed to deliver.
Speaking about that, Patel told Cricbuzz: “Once Tilak Varma got out and Sanju Samson came in, he took his time. I thought he was well settled and had a great opportunity today. These are the games where you need someone to stand up and give a worthy performance, which Sanju Samson couldn’t do it.”
He came to bat at No.5, Sanju Samson managed to score just 13 runs off nine balls. He had a forgettable series, finishing with 32 runs from three innings as well. Parthiv Patel, however, applauded Suryakumar Yadav for his impressive batting exploits in the crucial game. He was the top performer with the bat for the Men in Blue, scoring 61 off 45. Parthiv Patel also praised Tilak Varma as well.
“Suryakumar Yadav did what Suryakumar Yadav has been doing throughout the series. He has been Mr consistent in this format. It is very difficult in T20 format to be consistent and keep playing shots, but Suryakumar Yadav has been doing it time and again. He batted with great skills. He showed a lot of big-hitting skills, but in between that, he showed a tremendous amount of maturity. On top of everything, we’ve been talking about that we need someone who can give you a bit of bowling from the top five or six batters, and Tilak Varma did that. He bowled only two overs but got Nicholas Pooran out. So, that is something India can look forward to in the future,” Parthiv Patel concluded.