There does not seem to be another player who has been backed by the BCCI like Sanju
A player who has played in the top order in 8-10 seasons but has not yet completed 500 runs in a single season. (This record does not seem to have any other top order batter on the national team) Then you would say that there is a strike rate that can surpass it, which is wrong.
Sanju has a moderate strike rate of 135 and an average of 29. Sanju is also one of the lowest ranked national team batsmen in terms of impact calculation combined with strike rate and average.
Gill, who has had three regular 400+ seasons in the IPL since 2020, has had a 400+ score in just five seasons. Also keep in mind that Gill is not even considered by the Indian T20 squad yet.
Going down to the domestic level, Sanju made his debut in 2011 but has never been a top scorer in any format or season. It is doubtful whether it has ever been in the top five. Another reality is that there are batsmen in the Kerala team who have better domestic status than Pulli.
He is now in the top order in all 12 innings he has played at international level.
Six of those matches were against teams like Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and the West Indies, and three of those matches were against Sri Lanka’s B team. Still, only once did the spot score at least 30+ runs. The strike rate is below 120.
That being said, despite the status quo being so pathetic, Sanju still gets the coordination of the Indian team believing that he has more potential than what he sees in the status quo.
In a sense, it is a support that many others do not have. We saw how Uthappa got the orange cap and Manish Pandya got the chance when he was at the peak.
Despite being a BCCI-backed player, the fact that ‘Tendulkar is jealous of Sanju’ and ‘Dhoni is jealous of Sanju’ all over the country’s cries will only help to create haters for this spot and become troll material. .
Sports is never a place to express local feelings and only talent should be considered.
Sanju is a talented player. If Pullik can ever do justice to it completely, Pullik will get a chance in the Indian team without any generosity. Dinesh Karthik and Suryakumar Yadav are good examples. Let’s wait for that.
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