Former India head coach Ravi Shastri believes that Sanju Samson is but to grasp his potential on the worldwide stage and he can be disillusioned if the proficient batter does not end his profession as a high participant.
The 28-year-old Samson has been introduced with one more huge alternative as he was on Friday picked for the three-match ODI sequence towards West Indies for the tour subsequent month.
Sanju Samson in ODI format:
Innings – 10
Runs – 330
Common – 66
Strike Fee – 104.76
The Kerala batter’s inclusion as a wicketkeeping choice within the squad additionally suggests that he’s within the scheme of issues for the ODI World Cup, set to be performed in India between October and November 2023.
“There is Sanju (Samson), who I believe is yet to realise his potential. He is a match-winner. There is something that is missing. I will be disappointed if he does not finish his career all guns blazing,” Shastri informed The Week.
“It is like when I was the coach, I would have been disappointed if Rohit Sharma had not played in my side as a regular Test player. Hence, his opening the batting. I feel similar with Sanju,” he added.
Shastri additionally felt that the aspect may strike the correct steadiness by going with a left-right mixture. He needed to see as many as two left-handers of their high six.
“You need to strike the right balance. Do you think a left-hander will make a difference at the top? It does not have to be opening, but in the top three or four. You have to weigh all those options. Ideally, in the top six, I would like to see two left-handers,” he mentioned.
The 61-year previous Shastri added that there was critical left-handed expertise within the nation, prepared to exchange any senior participant within the aspect.
“You have Ishan Kishan. In the wicketkeeping department, you have Sanju. But the left-handers, you have (Yashasvi) Jaiswal, Tilak Varma. There is enough left-handed talent that can replace any senior player at the moment,” the previous India coach mentioned.
The previous all-rounder additionally needed India’s ODI aspect to type a pool of 15-20 younger gamers and maintain them concerned with the senior aspect. He opined that there have been a variety of accidents within the worldwide setup and it was greatest if India had backup methods.
“There are so many youngsters. There is Jaiswal and, I might miss out a few here, Tilak Varma, Nehal Wadhera. There is (Sai) Sudharsan, who played so well in the (Indian Premier League 2023) final. There is Jitesh Sharma,” mentioned Shastri.
“Among the many bowlers, there’s a crop of younger quick bowlers. Fairly just a few, there may be Mukesh [Kumar], names don’t come to my thoughts now. However, there are at the very least 4 or 5 who could be groomed round that 135kmph-140kmph mark. So I’m not nervous concerning the expertise in white-ball.
You’ve got a variety of accidents nowadays. I all the time like a pool of 15-20. You need to all the time be ready, it is best to have a plan B, plan C,” he concluded.