Sanju Samson should open tickets against the West Indies, says his coach
NEW DELHI: Sanju Samson He made his international debut in 2015 against Zimbabwe and Kerala's wicketkeeper batter had to wait another four years to receive another call to the Indian side. His long wait came to an end when he was included in the three-game series recently concluded against Bangladesh, but could not play a single game, since the selectors went with Rishabh pants , as the first choice wicket-keeper.
The first T20I saw Pant fight the Bangladesh bowling attack. The 22-year-old scored only 27 of 26 balls and then scored only 6 in the final T20I. Although India won the 2-1 series, Pant again became the subject of a fierce debate for her sad show. Many former cricketers and fans were dismayed that Sanju was only used as someone who ran to the field with drinks, instead of being part of the XI.
Sanju, 25, found support from former cricketers, including Harbhajan Singh, and politician Shashi Tharoor, who tweeted for the inclusion of Sanju.
The selectors were again controlled in social networks when they left Sanju from the next three-game T20I series against the West Indies without giving him a chance against Bangladesh. But the 22-year-old has again been called as a replacement for Shikhar Dhawan. Dhawan was discarded from the series due to a knee injury.
And Sanju's childhood coach, Biju George, believes the 25-year-old should play the series opener against the West Indies.
“I am very happy that he left his mark. If you look well when he began his career under 19, he has had a lot of misfortune. Despite performing well, they dropped him. But he never stopped. His appetite for scoring runs increased over time. Whether domestic cricket or IPL, it has been phenomenal. He has been working hard. He has been hitting the net for hours and working on his wicket maintenance skills as well, Biju told Timesofindia.com in an exclusive interview.
Biju believes that it is his confidence and dominance (with the bat) that drives Sanju forward in the field.
“I still remember one of his Ranji Trophy matches. It was a very bad wicket. The bowler threw a short one and Sanju tried to play a shot. He got an advantage and was fired. When he entered to bat in the second inning, the same ball was thrown and Sanju hit the bowler by a limit. He scored in the 70s in that game. This is Sanju's temperament. Learn and adapt to things quickly, said Biju
“He loves to dominate. I've seen him play since he was a kid and now I see him as a perfect hitter. Never stop learning. It's not arrogance, it's trust and dominance that drives Sanju, the coach said.
With Sanju again on the team (against the West Indies) after not having a single chance against Bangladesh, coach Biju believes it should be used as a substitute for Shikhar Dhawan.
“Sanju should be made to play the first game. He has replaced Dhawan in the team, so he must be asked to open the tickets. Confidence and domination are the keys to Sanju's success, Biju, who began training Sanju when he was 14 in 2007, told TimesofIndia.com.
“I would say that Sanju was ignored many times. Most selections are based on IPL performance. Sanju has also played decent punches in the IPL. Management is there to decide. They are the ones with the authority to select players. But I think Sanju should have had at least one game, he said.
“I am not the one who should judge Rishabh pants . It's the selectors. It feels bad when a player who has faced some of the top bowlers in the world, can dominate at any position, can keep (wicketkeeping) and can field anywhere, is consistently overlooked. I am not in anyone’s favour. Be it Rahul (KL Rahul), Rishabh (Pant) or Sanju (Samson), I believe everyone should be given a fair deal and an equal amount of backing," the coach signed off.