The inclusion of Rishabh Pant on Sanju Samson has raised eyebrows, especially the way he has been hitting the former lately. The Delhi Capitals captain managed just one good innings in recent times and that came against England where he scored a century to take his team home to a play-off series. Apart from that, Pant’s stock was going down so he was tied up for most of the T20 Globalism Australian Cup.
Pant’s scores in his last nine rounds read across the white-ball formats 10, 15, 11, 6, 6, 3, 9, 9 and 27.
Samson, on the other hand, shone with the limited chances he got with the bat, moreover, he scored 36 off 38 balls in his first ODI. Speaking of these issues in their entirety, former Pakistan cricketer Danish Kaneria has attacked BCCI. He said that Pant is not a white-ball cricketer, adding that Samson needs more chances.
“India have to accept the fact that Rishabh Pant is not a white-ball cricketer. They tried him for every position in the order, just so he could score runs. But what about Sanju Samson? Did he do anything wrong by scoring 36 runs?”, he said on his Youtube channel. .
“From fans to ex-players, everyone has expressed their displeasure with this. It is all very frustrating for Sanju Samson, as he is treated like a normal cricketer.”
Here, it is worth noting that Samson led the Rajasthan Royals to the final in IPL 2022 and was subsequently disqualified despite being selected for the Ireland-England tour. He eventually found himself out of contention for the T20 World Cup only to be selected again for the tour of New Zealand where he heated up the bench for the T20Is.
Moreover, the former Pakistani spinner said that the management did not treat Deepak Hooda well and now the batsman has lost all his confidence.
“Deepak Hooda was dancing when the ball started locking in. He didn’t understand what was happening. The team management dropped him when he was doing well, shattering his confidence. Now he was asked to play in a tough situation where he didn’t know what to do.”