India tour of Sri Lanka: Sanju Samson flatters to deceive, T20 World Cup possibilities dangle by a thread

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Sanju Samson’s scores within the T20I collection in opposition to Sri Lanka don’t paint a very good image. For somebody who was tipped to make an affect earlier than the T20 World Cup, 34 runs in 3 matches (with two fours and a six) at a strike price of 94.44 and a median of simply 11.33, these numbers are an enormous disappointment. To sum it up, Samson merely squandered one more golden alternative earlier than the T20 World Cup in October as he struggled in opposition to the Sri Lankan assault.

Leg spinner Wanindu Hasaranga, had him in all kinds of hassle, getting the higher of him in three matches. Within the closing T20I, Samson appeared all the ocean in opposition to the guile of Hasaranga.

The ghosts of his earlier two dismissals, the place he was outfoxed by the googly, appeared to play on his thoughts as he was trapped in entrance by a leg-break within the third recreation in Colombo.

Samson’s latest struggles in opposition to spin in T20 cricket on the worldwide stage are nicely documented as he has been in a position to rating simply 51 runs in 45 balls with six dismissals (three to Hasaranga, two to Mitchell Swepson 2 and as soon as to Akila Dananjaya)

Expertise vs Consistency

Samson’s expertise is just not a query however consistency stays a giant situation with the 26-year-old.

Thus far in his profession, his T20 numbers are strange — 117 runs in 10 video games at a strike price of 110 regardless of being given alternatives to bat within the prime 4. In his final 10 T20I innings for India, his scores read- 19, 6, 8, 2, 23, 15, 10, 27, 7, 0.

Former India captain and legendary opening batsman Sunil Gavaskar, in an interview with Star Sports activities throughout IPL 2021, had stated: “One of many the explanation why he has not been that includes within the Indian crew is that he scores runs in a single recreation after which he seems to be to do it and keep on as if he’s batting within the subsequent recreation from the identical recreation, and that’s how he retains getting out.”

Now evidently Samson is certainly unable to search out that consistency. His 20s and 30s are doing extra hurt than good. Even within the IPL, the place he attained a lot of his fame, he has been dismissed 27 occasions between scores of 20 and 50.

A few years again in 2019, Samson was particularly requested about his ideas on the identical to which he had stated that he by no means considered consistency as a difficulty. “I’m a bit completely different kind of a participant the place I simply really feel that I ought to go and dominate the bowlers.”

So has he fallen prey to his personal technique or does he want to fix his methods?

Rahul Dravid on Samson’s efficiency

When India coach Rahul Dravid was requested about Samson’s efficiency within the post-match press convention on Thursday, the 48-year-old stated: “I believe to be sincere it isn’t the simplest situation to bat in. Clearly, he obtained an opportunity within the one-day recreation and obtained an excellent begin of 46 runs, however within the T20s he most likely batted nicely within the first one, nonetheless, the final couple of wickets have been a bit difficult.”

India’s Sanju Samson performs a shot through the third one-day worldwide cricket match between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, July 23, 2021. (AP Picture/Eranga Jayawardena)

“However I suppose once we look again on the collection we’d be a bit of disillusioned however having stated that I believe it isn’t solely Sanju, I believe plenty of these younger guys are proficient younger youngsters and terrific gamers, and we must be affected person,” he added.

“The younger batters will continue learning and solely when they’re uncovered to those situations will they get higher,” he additional added.

Sanju Samson is a top quality participant with a bundle of expertise however thus far it has simply been flashes of brilliance slightly than a chronic patch of massive and constant scores. Will he get such a possibility once more within the Indian colors? As of now, possibilities is likely to be few and much to return.

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