Wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson has always been in the good books of cricket experts, he has great batting skills. He is one of those Indian players who have made it to the Indian dressing room after some impressive innings in the IPL. However, he has not managed to be consistent with the bat while representing the country.
After making his international debut in 2015, Sanju has played only 13 T20Is. Recently he was called up for the bilateral series against West Indies at home which India won 3-0. The 27-year-old made some notable cameos helping the Men in Blue excel but couldn’t score big.
Meanwhile, Ravi Shastri has backed Sanju for a good season in IPL 2022. Speaking with ESPN Cricinfo, the former India head coach said that the Kerala cricketer has shown maturity but needs to figure out his shot selection.
“When I see him this season, I feel at peace. That maturity has come. I just have a feeling they might have a good time this year. I think he will be more consistent this season. There is a side around him that will make him feel comfortable and continue to play his natural game which is to attack and he can score,” he added.
“The big problem with him was when a player had too many shots and he wanted to play them all in the first five overs… that’s the problem. If he can be selective and pick shots correctly depending on the surface and the conditions, I think he will be a lot more consistent. He’s been around for a long time. You can’t make the same mistake after 10 years and get out at 20-25. You will have a coach who will come and drop it on your head,” he said.
Shastri further said that Sanju needs to tweak his playing technique a bit to match his level with Kohli in the shortest format of the game.
“The way you want to look at Samson going forward is to read the opposition a little more and then comes the choice of shots. What are the shots that will be more profitable and then you can guess from that particular bowler. This is where Kohli is far more mature, disciplined and in control and hence scores bigger. If Sanju makes it into his game, reading the opposition a bit more and watching and hitting it will get him there. Because he can fly,” he said.