The Indian wicket-keeper batter, Sanju Samson should be given a consistent run by the Indian side, opines former Indian opener, Wasim Jaffer. Samson, who played in India’s first ODI against New Zealand was dropped from the second game. India brought in batting all-rounder Deepak Hooda, to play him as an extra bowling option. Jaffer didn’t like the way team management has treated Samson, as he said that it was quite unfortunate that India was not able to fit the latter in either of the limited-overs cricket.
During a recent chat with ESPNCricinfo, Wasim Jaffer said, “I think it is unfortunate. He is a very very good player and he is just unfortunate because India has got only 5 bowling options and that’s the reason why they look at Deepak Hooda. On just pure batting ability, you will pick Sanju Samson ahead of Deepak Hooda, but because of that 6th bowling option, you pick players other than Sanju Samson.”
Sanju Samson made his debut for Indian for the Indian side back in 2015 in the T20I format but has never been given a good run. The captain of Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Samson is considered one of the most technically gifted batters in the Indian side. Samson till now has just played 16 T20Is and 11 ODI matches.
Elaborating the same, Wasim Jaffer said, “It is quite unfortunate because Samson should be playing both white-ball formats and he is a good enough batter to play from 1-6. It is unfortunate that India does not have that many all-rounders to fit Sanju Samson in the scheme of things. But the kind of player that he is, you want to see him play and score runs.”
He further added, “Just one thing I want to say to him, if and when he gets a chance to play for India, outscore everyone and that will make people think. It’s demoralizing that you are not getting a consistent run. When you are in and out of the team, that makes you think about yourself that you are going to get dropped first, and that is not a good thing. Giving him a good, consistent run and then taking a call would be a better choice.”