India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant had a tricky 2019. Pant’s inconsistent performances noticed him getting lot of criticism from followers for each his batting and wicketkeeping. In the T20 sequence in opposition to Bangladesh last yr, India picked Sanju Samson within the squad, and lots of anticipated Samson to get a game. But Samson didn’t. Later, India dropped Samson from the T20 squad for the house sequence in opposition to West Indies, although he was later added when Shikhar Dhawan received injured and was dominated out. But once more, Samson couldn’t make it to the enjoying XI within the sequence.
This yr, Samson lastly received a chance to play in a T20 game in opposition to Sri Lanka, and he later featured for India in T20I matches in opposition to New Zealand. In a current interview, Samson’s coach Biju George explains why the Indian staff gave additional alternatives to Pant than Samson.
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“If you ask me as a person who is close to Sanju, I would say he should have got more chances. But if you look at the Indian team’s point of view – why they are giving Rishabh Pant so many chances? First, he is a left-hander, obviously. Second, Indian team strategies,” George instructed Times of India.
“They might have the World Cup in mind, where they might come up against a team which has got quality left-arm spinners or leg spinners, or a left-arm fast bowler, and that time Pant will be useful. This is my opinion. That’s up to the team, captain and coach to take the decision.
“That the chief selector should decide who is the best suitable to be in the team against an opposition – Pant or Sanju? I don’t think this is coming out deliberately not to give anybody a chance,” Biju George added.
“As you go up the hierarchy in the cricketing ladder, so many difficulties come. It is a very difficult process to filter out, which actually suits you, which doesn’t suit you. Sanju is a guy, if you watch all his innings, he’s a guy who relies on timing. He is not a player who will be smashing the ball, he will be timing the ball. That’s what makes Sanju stand a part,” he additional stated.
“If you see his IPL and domestic innings, you will see he times the ball so perfectly. Last season, when he scored a century against Sunrisers Hyderabad, he timed most of the shots through covers. When he came to the Indian side, somebody told him that you have to be hitting the ball. When he started hitting the ball, he started losing his shape,” he added.
“Whenever we met this year, we go on long drives, we do long chats and we decided that his focus should be on holding the shape, timing the ball and hitting it straight, nothing else. And dominate. I am confident that you will see a different Sanju in the coming season. He will dazzle in domestic, IPL as well as international,” the coach additional stated.