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Sanju Samson Won’t Get to Play: Former Indian Batsman Reveals Harsh Reality Ahead of 2nd West Indies ODI

by khushahal vishwakarma
Sanju Samson

A former Indian batsman criticized India’s batting strategy in the first ODI against the West Indies and felt that they were not utilizing Sanju Samson effectively.

The team’s selection and implementation were questioned, creating doubts in their approach. India’s preference for an unsuitable combination of bowlers and middle-order batsmen, rather than providing more opportunities to their top-order batsmen, seemed to backfire, as the team fell short of an easily achievable target without even answering the team’s concerns.

Many were surprised that despite Sanju Samson strong performances on the international stage, he was not chosen for the middle-order role, and instead, Ishan Kishan was preferred even more surprisingly as a middle-order batsman, given his recent role as an opening slot contender. With captain Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill likely to occupy the opening slots, understanding the middle-order arrangement for India was essential, which they failed to do in the first ODI.

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For the upcoming second match in Barbados, India may have more time to find their answers, but former batsman Aakash Chopra believes that Sanju Samson won’t get a chance to prove himself this time. Based on his exclusion from the first match despite being ahead of Ishan Kishan in the pecking order, Chopra speculated that India’s batting plan may not accommodate him.

Chopra urged India to attempt a different batting approach and take on the challenge like they did during the World Cup, even if it means not being given the desired role by the hosts. He suggested that instead of focusing on results, they should use the matches to develop their bowlers, which is crucial for their preparations for the World Cup.

He proposed a batting order with Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Ishan Kishan in the middle order, as the players should be placed where they want to be played. While Samson boasts an impressive ODI average of 66, he was overlooked in the first Bridgetown ODI, and he must be eager to stake a claim for the upcoming Asia Cup. With limited ODIs remaining before the World Cup, India’s middle-order lineup is still uncertain, and their performances in the West Indies will play a significant role in determining their preparations for the October tournament.

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