Veteran Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer has raised concerns about Sanju Samson’s batting approach at the number 4 spot in ODIs. Despite scoring a fine half-century against West Indies in the third ODI in Trinidad, Jaffer was not impressed with Samson’s high-risk game. The wicketkeeper-batsman has been in and out of the Indian team in both ODIs and T20Is and has struggled to cement his place.
Although Samson enjoys a massive fan following, Wasim Jaffer believes that at the number 4 position, he should not take too many risks at the start of the innings. While Samson’s aggressive style paid off in the third ODI, with him scoring 51 runs off 41 balls, including 2 fours and 4 sixes, Jaffer believes it might not be a sustainable approach.
“He (Sanju Samson) played well, but he plays a very high-risk game. If you look at his innings, he came out and hit those couple of sixes. It connected and went for six, but he could have gotten out if he had mistimed. That’s been the case with Sanju Samson. So, somebody to bat at No.4 and play like that, I have my doubts,” Wasim Jaffer expressed to ESPNCricinfo.
Wasim Jaffer’s concern lies in Samson’s inconsistency, which has also been evident in the IPL, where he has shown glimpses of brilliance followed by lean patches in a season.
“That’s fine if the team management gives him that license, but consistency is also an issue. You want to be destructive, but you don’t want to score in two or three innings out of six. That’s my concern. Even in the IPL, we have seen that there are some good innings and some really lean patches. That’s been the case. So he needs to learn,” Wasim Jaffer added.
Sanju Samson will soon be back in action for India during the five-match T20I series against West Indies, commencing from August 3. As the team management evaluates his performances, the young talent will need to strike a balance between aggression and consistency to cement his place in the side.