Ravi Shastri Feels Sanju Samson Has More Shots For Australian Conditions
By CricShots - Jun 9, 2022 8:35 pm
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With the 2022 T20 World Cup scheduled to be taking place later this year in Australia, the Indian selectors face a problem of plenty in most departments. Among batters too, they have a plethora of options to pick from, and not enough spots to be able to include everyone who seems deserving of a chance. Apart from players like Shreyas Iyer and Sanju Samson, who have played for India but are not sure picks.

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Sanju Samson played a decent knock

Apart from them, there are also uncapped players like Rahul Tripathi and Tilak Varma who have performed well in the IPL. Former Team India head coach Ravi Shastri, however, feels that among all of them, Sanju Samson would be the best bet given the Australian conditions. India plays several T20I matches in the buildup to the World Cup, starting with the 5-match series against South Africa that begins in New Delhi on Thursday.

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Shastri said these matches will give the management a chance to try out several options in the batting department and see who clicks.

During a discussion on ESPNCricinfo, Ravi Shastri said, “That will come into play in these 20 games. 100 percent. Between Tripathi, Samson, and Iyer, there will be opportunities for them now for these players to get the chance over there. Could be even Tilak Varma who might get the opportunity.”

Ravi Shastri
Ravi Shastri

He further added, “But for Australia, when you look at the conditions — bounce, pace, cut, pull — Samson will always threaten there. He can win you a match.”

Former Indian coach went on to make a bold claim that Sanju Samson has “the shots more than any other Indian” on Australian pitches.

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Ravi Shastri said, “There’s not much movement there. He likes the ball coming onto the bat. So for those conditions, he has the shots more than any other Indian, to be honest.”

Sanju Samson was picked for India’s last T20I series against Sri Lanka, but has not been named in the squad for the South Africa series.