Akash Chopra Advocates for Sanju Samson’s Inclusion in ODI Series
Sanju Samson, the talented cricketer from Kerala, has long been burdened with criticism for not being given enough opportunities. When he finally got a chance in the second One Day International (ODI) match against the West Indies, Samson’s performance was underwhelming. Despite this, former Indian opener Akash Chopra believes that Sanju Samson should be a part of the playing eleven in the third ODI as well. Chopra emphasizes that it is unfair to judge a player’s talent based on just one game.
Akash Chopra tweeted, “If the intention is to test players, then I expect the same playing eleven for the third ODI. The batting order should remain unchanged from the second ODI. One innings is insufficient to evaluate the potential of players like Sanju Samson and Axar Patel.” Chopra further emphasized that Suryakumar Yadav should also be given a chance to bat at number 6.
In the absence of skipper Rohit Sharma and star batsman Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya led the Indian team in the second ODI against the West Indies. However, the team suffered a defeat by six wickets. Opener Ishan Kishan, who replaced Rohit Sharma, showcased his talent by scoring a half-century for the second consecutive match. Shubman Gill contributed 34 runs off 49 balls. Sanju Samson, who replaced Virat Kohli at number three, struggled with a mere 9 runs off 19 balls. Axar Patel, who was promoted to number four, also failed with just 1 run off 8 balls. Skipper Hardik Pandya contributed 7 runs off 14 balls.
Suryakumar Yadav, batting at number 6, was dismissed for 24 runs off 25 balls. Ravindra Jadeja scored 10 runs off 21 balls, while Shardul Thakur contributed 16 runs off 22 balls. Kuldeep Yadav remained unbeaten on 8* off 22 balls, and Umran Malik and Mukesh Kumar contributed 0 and 6 runs respectively.
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Mumbai: Opportunity comes when you don’t wait. Then it cannot be capitalized. This is the criticism that the Malayali cricketer, Sanju Samson has been facing for ages. Everyone criticized Sanju when he was not played in the first ODI against the West Indies. But when he got a chance in the second game, Kunjan was out for a score. However, former India opener Akash Chopra argues that Sanju Samson should be in the playing eleven in the third ODI as well. Chopra argues that one game is not enough to measure Sanju’s talent.
‘If the method is to test the players, I expect the same XI for the third ODI. The batting order should be the same as in the second ODI. A single innings that sent Sanju Samson to third and Axar Patel to fourth was not enough to measure them. Akash Chopra also tweeted that Suryakumar Yadav should also bat at number 6.
Team India was led by Hardik Pandya in the second ODI against West Indies while skipper Rohit Sharma and star batsman Virat Kohli were out. Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill were the openers as India lost the match by six wickets. Opener Ishan Kishan (55 off 55 balls) replaced Rohit Sharma and scored a fifty for the second consecutive match. Gill scored 34 runs off 49 balls. After this, Sanju Samson, who replaced Virat Kohli at number three, scored just 9 runs in 19 balls. Spinner Axar Patel (1 off 8 balls) who was promoted to fourth failed, followed by skipper Hardik Pandya (7 off 14 balls).
Sixth man Suryakumar Yadav was dismissed for 24 off 25 balls, Ravindra Jadeja on 10 off 21 balls and Shardul Thakur on 16 off 22 balls. Kuldeep Yadav remained unbeaten on 8* off 22 balls while Umran Malik (0) and Mukesh Kumar (6) were the other players’ scores.
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